NFL distances itself from 4:00 p.m. ET suspension deadline

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For years, the NFL has observed a weekly deadline when it comes to the implementation of suspensions. If the suspension isn’t finalized by 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the suspension gets delayed until the next week.

The dynamic first became widely known in the latter days of StarCaps, when it was clear that long-pending suspensions would be served and a weekly trigger of 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday would determine whether that week would be the week.

The NFL is now distancing itself from this past practice in the Ezekiel Elliott case, telling league employee Tom Pelissero that there is no such rule. But Pelissero acknowledges that the Cowboys believe the deadline applies. (Per a league source, so does Elliott’s camp.)

As one source explained it to PF, the practice arose from concerns of fairness and competitive balance. Teams need to know who they will or won’t be putting on the field, and their opponents need to know who they will or won’t be facing.

It’s unclear why the NFL is suddenly abandoning this practice. Maybe the person most keenly aware of it wasn’t invited to the meeting.

58 responses to “NFL distances itself from 4:00 p.m. ET suspension deadline

  1. You can always count on the NFL to do the morally wrong thing, including hypocrisy and inconsistency. I wonder why the commish can’t face punishment for “conduct detrimental”?

  2. Sounds like the league is just making crap up as they go. What a cluster-fudge the NFL has created. The NFL looks down right incompetent and these bush league moves does not help their case. Goodell must go.

  3. Here’s all you need to know: The Cowboys play the Giants this week.

    The powers-that-be in the NFL (ie: Jim Mora) don’t want Zeke slipping through any loophole that allows him to play this week. In fact, if they can convince the NFLPA and the Cowboys that this rule doesn’t exist, don’t be shocked if they delay this announcement until Friday just to further exacerbate the distraction/confusion leading up to Sunday’s game.

  4. Roger is making a joke of the shield. This whole debacle is making the league look completely lost and shows lack of true leadership. The owners need to reevaluate Roger and bring in someone that is organized and someone that can own their own mistakes.

  5. My God, you people will believe whatever the media tells you don’t you? Goodell reports to the NFL OWNERS, not to the media, not to the players, and definitely not to the NFLPA.
    Companies MUST discipline their employees when they get out of line or bring negative publicity to the company. Policies change, that happens in every company, schools, and….*gasp*….NBC’s beloved federal government bureaucracy.
    Why do ya’ll take the players side on every issue? Why? Do you not realize that these idiot players are protected by a union, their agents, sometimes their team (only if the idiot player is under contract), AND a fake news media?
    THINK people! Break out of the government school mindset and any critical thinking skills that you have. You have been brainwashed by the media to think that Goodell is the bad guy when in reality it is the idiot PLAYERS (and the media) who are the bad guys!

  6. Could you imagine the welcome Roger would get if he attended the Cowboy/Giants game this weekend. I’m sure it would be worse than what will happen in Gillette Stadium Thursday night as Deflate Gate is history.

    I wonder what fan base would treat RG civilly? Probably none.

  7. XaqFields says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    Here’s all you need to know: The Cowboys play the Giants this week.

    The powers-that-be in the NFL (ie: Jim Mora) don’t want Zeke slipping through any loophole that allows him to play this week. In fact, if they can convince the NFLPA and the Cowboys that this rule doesn’t exist, don’t be shocked if they delay this announcement until Friday just to further exacerbate the distraction/confusion leading up to Sunday’s game.
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    Jim Mora?? Really…”Playoffs? Playoffs??”

    C’mon guy nobody can take your conspiracy thoughts seriously if you don’t even know the name of the family that owns the Giants.

  8. XaqFields says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:36 pm
    Here’s all you need to know: The Cowboys play the Giants this week.

    The powers-that-be in the NFL (ie: Jim Mora) don’t want Zeke slipping through any loophole that allows him to play this week.

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    You might want to Google “NY Giants owner.” Hint: It’s not Jim Mora.

  9. dryzzt23 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Companies MUST discipline their employees when they get out of line or bring negative publicity to the company.
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    Then why haven’t the owners disciplined Roger? Every move he makes brings negative publicity to the NFL.

    I’m tired of all of the Goodell sympathizers around here. The guy is a liar and that’s all there is to it.

  10. Every year 345 Park Ave. Looks more Bush League.

    As the rating plummet this year some of the money Hungary owners will finally wake up…

    Fire Goodell!

  11. Could the NFL be any more insulting to their fans.!?! How hard is it to come up with any type of consistent process?

    If Roger wants to protect the integrity of the game… he should find some for himself. From there, he can stop playing favorites with franchises and owners on who they decide to punish, how long the decision drags out and for how many games.

  12. starfan79 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    Roger is making a joke of the shield. This whole debacle is making the league look completely lost and shows lack of true leadership. The owners need to reevaluate Roger and bring in someone that is organized and someone that can own their own mistakes.

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    you are just realizing this now?

  13. starfan79 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    . The owners need to reevaluate Roger and bring in someone that is organized and someone that can own their own mistakes.

    25 1 Rate This

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    the other thing is these aren’t “mistakes”….these are calculated framejobs that he gets caught administrering

  14. 345 Park Avenue is full of either Jets fans or Jints fans. The Jets fans in the office led the Deflate Gate charge that ignored the facts of the ideal gas law. The Jints fans in the office including Lisa Friel along with the portraits in her office of Phil Simms and Eli Manning, are leading this NFL investigation gem. They say you can’t make this stuff up. Well the NFL makes up the rules as they see fit. Kinda like when they penalized Washington and Dallas for salary cap violations in an uncapped year. Next thing you guys will find out is the NFL is scripted.

  15. Really, does this surprise anyone? Even if the Tuesday deadline isn’t a rule, per say, its been standard practice for years. Its a fair deadline and makes sense for everyone involved, which is probably why Goodell will simply ignore it to ensure his agenda gets pushed through. God, I hope the arbiter wipes out this suspension. Just to make his look worse than he already does.

  16. One of the main point in the motion to dismiss Elliott’s lawsuit the league filed was that the arbitrator hadn’t even ruled on the appeal yet. It’s in the best interest of the league to push back any ruling in order to have the case dropped and then come back around and affirm the suspension.

  17. dryzzt23 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Companies MUST discipline their employees when they get out of line or bring negative publicity to the company.

    So why are they not doing something about employees bringing negative negative publicity when the National Anthem is played

  18. akira554 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    If NFLPA wanted this as policy, they should have negotiated it into the CBA. Goes to show how weak DeMaurice Smith is as an union leader.
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    Why would something like this be a point of negotiation?

    Don’t you bozos ever stop and wonder why none of these sorts of issues ever came up before Goodell was made commissioner? The guy has trampled all over the traditions and established practices of the position of league commissioner, all with this misguided sense of integrity, of which he has none.

  19. Let’s be real here, the ones who want to find out who are playing or not, so early in the week, isn’t teams as so much as it is the gambling community for bookmakers to set odds and fantasy rosters to get set.

  20. AFlyOnGoodellsWall says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    345 Park Avenue is full of either Jets fans or Jints fans. The Jets fans in the office led the Deflate Gate charge that ignored the facts of the ideal gas law. The Jints fans in the office including Lisa Friel along with the portraits in her office of Phil Simms and Eli Manning, are leading this NFL investigation gem. They say you can’t make this stuff up. Well the NFL makes up the rules as they see fit. Kinda like when they penalized Washington and Dallas for salary cap violations in an uncapped year. Next thing you guys will find out is the NFL is scripted.

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    Goodell was also personally hired by Woody Johnson. True story. It was his job to make a list of candidates, vet them, and then pick one, with overall approval of other owners. Goodell grew up a Jets fan and actually worked for them in the 1980s as well.Then, the Jets/Goodell used BB and Manboobs’s tiff, as a way to lie to the NFL customer.

    There was no illegal spying.

    The Pats did nothing different than any other team in the NFL and Taglaibue was not in a coma from 2000-2005 ignoring 5 full seasons of open “cheating” that was alleged to be going on, which only after the cheating by the Jets w/Goodell, did we learn about AFTER the punishment was handed down.

    All the jealous haters were so in love with Goodell for doing it, they didn’t even care if it was made up or not.

    Same with Deflategate or Framegate II, as I call it.

    Systematic cheating from 345 Park Ave is the big story the media ignores here.

  21. a) It’s not a cheerocracy.

    b) You don’t get to make demands about an unofficial statute of limitations.

    c) You also don’t get to say “Time’s up! He’s free!!” if there’s no decision by 4 pm today.

    Honestly, you sound like petulant children who didn’t get to rig the game their way.

  22. It’s unclear why the NFL is suddenly abandoning this practice. Maybe the person most keenly aware of it wasn’t invited to the meeting.
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    Best line of the day Florio.

  23. nathanp2013 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    Could the NFL be any more insulting to their fans.!?! How hard is it to come up with any type of consistent process?

    If Roger wants to protect the integrity of the game… he should find some for himself. From there, he can stop playing favorites with franchises and owners on who they decide to punish, how long the decision drags out and for how many games.

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    Ratings dropped 12% last year after he still suspended Brady AFTER being caught lying in court, and then paying off Judges Chin and Parker, in order to get the 4 game theft of a suspension, to hold up.

    Even haters saw right through his creepy cheating.

  24. Biases on this site are problematic for me. Report news please, not your opinions.

    That said, there is no rule. You are expecting the league to follow a rule that does not exist, while exempting players from following rules that do exist. Like not hitting women (which is disgusting), or what we can prove, lifting women’s shirts in public or say, beating up a DJ. These are problems folks, that your idiosyncratic de-volution of the law cannot move to the proverbial sideline. This is the NFL, not a courtroom. I am an employer, not an advocate or court officer.

    Stop taking the fun out of the game with these “analyses”. There is no rule. You’re playing to your base.

  25. dumbassenstien says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Simplify the issue, Harold Henderson just not give his ruling until after game 6…problem solved.
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    It wouldn’t be hard to believe that the NFL league office would try something so idiotic.

  26. “It’s unclear why the NFL is suddenly abandoning this practice. Maybe the person most keenly aware of it wasn’t invited to the meeting.”
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    I see what you did there…

  27. mmack66 says:

    Don’t you bozos ever stop and wonder why none of these sorts of issues ever came up before Goodell was made commissioner? The guy has trampled all over the traditions and established practices of the position of league commissioner, all with this misguided sense of integrity, of which he has none.
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    Only immature millenial types like you think that everything happening now is a first. Get a clue – read up on some NFLPA history. Gene Upshaw frequently sparred with Rozelle and later Tagliabue over many issues (free agency, revenue sharing, etc) but worked it into the CBA. Any smart union boss knows this – you want it, you get it in writing.

  28. Elliott was video taped pulling the top off a girl in public. That’s a Felony Sexual Assault, punishable between 2 years to 99 years in a state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. And they are complaining about a suspension…when he should go to prison?

  29. RegisHawk says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    a) It’s not a cheerocracy.

    b) You don’t get to make demands about an unofficial statute of limitations.

    c) You also don’t get to say “Time’s up! He’s free!!” if there’s no decision by 4 pm today.

    Honestly, you sound like petulant children who didn’t get to rig the game their way.

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    Then the NFL shouldnt have been adhering to this “unofficial statute of limitations” for all of recent memory. This isnt about anyone being a “petulant child”….its about making a damn decision and getting on with things. The NFL has been dragging this thing out for 14 months….what could Henderson possibly still be pondering? He either agrees with Goodell….or he doesnt…..if he doesnt….how much if any games does he give him….pretty simple.

    But let me tell you why this is a big deal…..if the NFL allows Henderson to announce his decision by 4:00 pm eastern….and it nullifies the motion that they filed last night claiming the NFLPA doesnt have standing to file a restraining order since no decision has been announced.

    My guess is that the NFL wants a judge to dismiss the NFLPA’s restraining order since no final descision has been reached by Henderson by the 6:00 PM central hearing. Once the judge dismisses the hearing…..Henderson will announce his decision to uphold a suspsension and then the NFL and NFLPA will race to the their respective court houses (NFL in NY and NFLPA in Texas)….in order to get any further legal action in their home court room.

    The commissioners office is ruining the game because we have been listening to this crap for 14 months and they have botched it every step of the way and brought negative attention their own league.

  30. dryzzt23 says:

    Then why haven’t the owners disciplined Roger? Every move he makes brings negative publicity to the NFL. I’m tired of all of the Goodell sympathizers around here. The guy is a liar and that’s all there is to it.
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    You don’t get it. Goodell is doing exactly what the owners want – taking heat for unpopular decisions. Do you really think the Dallas Cowboys could suspend Elliott (regardless of guilt or innocence) on their own without the fanbase revolting? That’s why teams pass on the responsibility to the league to hand down penalties even though they have the power to do it themselves. Teams rather have “us” (owner & fans) vs the “league” than personally take the blame.

  31. truthdispensary says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:57 pm
    Elliott was video taped pulling the top off a girl in public. That’s a Felony Sexual Assault, punishable between 2 years to 99 years in a state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. And they are complaining about a suspension…when he should go to prison?

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    False.

    The girl was already flashing the crowd. He also came and left with her, so she was willingly with him and flashing her breasts.

    Learn the facts. Your board name is a joke. You speak no truth.

    Peyton Manning sexually assaulted a trainer in college and nothing happened. He also cheated with PEDs and nothing happened under Goodell’s watch.

    Get the facts.

  32. akira554 says: September 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    dryzzt23 says:
    Then why haven’t the owners disciplined Roger? Every move he makes brings negative publicity to the NFL. I’m tired of all of the Goodell sympathizers around here. The guy is a liar and that’s all there is to it.
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    You don’t get it. Goodell is doing exactly what the owners want – taking heat for unpopular decisions. Do you really think the Dallas Cowboys could suspend Elliott (regardless of guilt or innocence) on their own without the fanbase revolting? That’s why teams pass on the responsibility to the league to hand down penalties even though they have the power to do it themselves. Teams rather have “us” (owner & fans) vs the “league” than personally take the blame.
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    Actually, it’s part of the Team’s/owner’s agreements to become an NFL Team. No team trusts all the other teams to hold their players accountable for illicit &/or criminal behavior, when it’s a conflict of interest when those players impact the likelihood of winning. So the league office is given authority over all 32 teams to insure all teams & players are held to the same high standards. The Cowboys, like the Patriots, always seem to fall short…

  33. Goodell does what he wants to the players when he wants to. He doesn’t have to follow any stinkin’ rules. Mara told him to suspend Elliott and he’s going to do so whether its today, tomorrow or 2 minutes before kickoff.

  34. Then the NFL shouldnt have been adhering to this “unofficial statute of limitations” for all of recent memory.

    More petulance. Since there is no official rule, they can do whatever they want, to whatever percentage they want.

    My guess is that the NFL wants a judge to dismiss the NFLPA’s restraining order since no final descision has been reached by Henderson by the 6:00 PM central hearing.

    6 pm Central is 7 pm Eastern, which equates to a 3 hour window for them to resubmit their petition to block the suspension. Ample time.

    The commissioners office is ruining the game…

    The Commissioner’s office is stuck between rival biases. They are left with only one recourse, follow their own guidelines as they apply to any given situation. They got burned meeting with Ray Rice and his then fiancée and deciding on a 2 game suspension when TMZ scooped everyone with the tape. They ended up overreacting with the heavy-hand because they looked too forgiving, then had to overreact back. So they took a year on this deal to allow for all the data to come in – which probably contributed to their not allowing any “new testimony/evidence”.

  35. tylawspick6 says: September 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    The girl was already flashing the crowd. He also came and left with her, so she was willingly with him and flashing her breasts.

    Learn the facts. Your board name is a joke. You speak no truth.

    Peyton Manning sexually assaulted a trainer in college and nothing happened. He also cheated with PEDs and nothing happened under Goodell’s watch.
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    1) The girl wasn’t “with him” , she was standing next to the girl that was “With him”.
    2) If she bares her breasts, that is her decision. He doesn’t inherit the rights to pull her top down just because she had done so earlier.
    3) Her bearing her breasts is illegal, and him exposing her breasts is even more illegal.
    4) No matter how you slice it, it’s Conduct Detrimental, and also punishable as a Sexual Assault.

    Get the facts.

  36. akira554 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Only immature millenial types like you think that everything happening now is a first. Get a clue – read up on some NFLPA history. Gene Upshaw frequently sparred with Rozelle and later Tagliabue over many issues (free agency, revenue sharing, etc) but worked it into the CBA. Any smart union boss knows this – you want it, you get it in writing.
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    This isn’t sparring over procedural matters.

    If protection from witch hunts has to be placed into the CBA, then something is severely wrong, and that wrong is Goodell.

  37. truthdispensary says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm
    tylawspick6 says: September 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    The girl was already flashing the crowd. He also came and left with her, so she was willingly with him and flashing her breasts.

    Learn the facts. Your board name is a joke. You speak no truth.

    Peyton Manning sexually assaulted a trainer in college and nothing happened. He also cheated with PEDs and nothing happened under Goodell’s watch.
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    1) The girl wasn’t “with him” , she was standing next to the girl that was “With him”.
    2) If she bares her breasts, that is her decision. He doesn’t inherit the rights to pull her top down just because she had done so earlier.
    3) Her bearing her breasts is illegal, and him exposing her breasts is even more illegal.
    4) No matter how you slice it, it’s Conduct Detrimental, and also punishable as a Sexual Assault.

    Get the facts.
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    Actually, she was with him and left with him which led to other things later, according to what was said about it. AANNNNNDDDD it is only assault if the lady in question says it is assault. If she is OK, then it is not assault. As far as it being illegal, maybe so, issue them a misdemeanor ticket and move on. Just remember though you would have to do it to a ton of people at that parade. My guess is you’ve never been to the St. Patty parade in Dallas…..

  38. RegisHawk says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    Then the NFL shouldnt have been adhering to this “unofficial statute of limitations” for all of recent memory.

    More petulance. Since there is no official rule, they can do whatever they want, to whatever percentage they want.

    My guess is that the NFL wants a judge to dismiss the NFLPA’s restraining order since no final descision has been reached by Henderson by the 6:00 PM central hearing.

    6 pm Central is 7 pm Eastern, which equates to a 3 hour window for them to resubmit their petition to block the suspension. Ample time.

    The commissioners office is ruining the game…

    The Commissioner’s office is stuck between rival biases. They are left with only one recourse, follow their own guidelines as they apply to any given situation. They got burned meeting with Ray Rice and his then fiancée and deciding on a 2 game suspension when TMZ scooped everyone with the tape. They ended up overreacting with the heavy-hand because they looked too forgiving, then had to overreact back. So they took a year on this deal to allow for all the data to come in – which probably contributed to their not allowing any “new testimony/evidence”.
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    And there it is…….the NFL cannot objectively investigate and then punish any player if they have previous cases where they “got burned” factoring in. Elliott’s case is stand alone and should be driven by the facts, the credibility of all the parties involved and decisions about penalties should be decided upon input from all the evidence.

    If Ray Rice is factoring into their thought process even a little, Elliott was never given the benefit of the doubt.

    As for the “petulance” thing…give it a rest…when an organization has done something a certain way for years, then suddenly breaks from that when it pertains to a player that is actively suing them…..its going to raise suspicion.

    If your company normally direct deposits your check at midnight on the 1st and 15th and has done so the whole time you have been employed…..then after you file a law suit against them…..they hold that direct deposit for 12 hours…..you’d wonder why and probably be a little irritated.

  39. RegisHawk says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    So they took a year on this deal to allow for all the data to come in – which probably contributed to their not allowing any “new testimony/evidence”.
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    But they did allow “new testimony/evidence” with Kia Roberts.

  40. Titan says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    When will the NFL realize Goodell is incompetent?
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    What makes you think they don’t? Do you think they actually want someone with integrity as commissioner?

  41. I think that if they wanted to show toughness on domestic violence they could take cases like these and say “while mr Elliot has continued to put himself in situations where bad things can happen, in this case we simply don’t have the evidence to be 100% sure. He can be sure we’ll be watching his actions closely from now on”. This tells women that the NFL cares, and uses a standard burden of proof to prevent the keystone cops thing they seem to have going on. I believe they don’t care about domestic violence as much as they care about continuing to win in court, giving them a huge bargaining chip in the next CBA

  42. The craziest thing about this all is how upset the fans are at Goodell. Lol. Really? How does no one see that this isn’t his show. Who does he report to? Who just extended him to a new contract? The NFL is the only sports fraternity in the world where the 32 players win every single time.

    The NFL knows exactly what it is doing and executes these things to perfection. It can tick off it’s dedicated fans (who will never leave, trust me, no you won’t), while simultaneously appealing to its new age, everyone sees everything, PR blabble.

    They will give Zeke a 4 game suspension. The NFLPA will call it a victory. Zeke will fight and fight and lose, cowboys fans will be upset, the rest of the league will be happy it’s over, social media will side with the NFL, and the big boys win everytime because they make the rules, they’re 5 moves ahead, and they don’t want to piss off the growing fan representation that falls under the month of October.

    Goodnight.

  43. Is anyone here so stupid that they actually believe that a guy who has to answer to 32 different people just bows to the wishes of one of them all the time? Your Mara conspiracies are old and tired. The owners, all the owners, collectively want to keep Roger on. Maybe they know more about him than the legions of keyboard warriors and basement trolls who continue to ignore logic.

  44. And there it is…….the NFL cannot objectively investigate and then punish any player if they have previous cases where they “got burned” factoring in. Elliott’s case is stand alone and should be driven by the facts, the credibility of all the parties involved and decisions about penalties should be decided upon input from all the evidence.

    Actually they can. It’s called “learning from your mistakes and moving forward.” You don’t let everyone else commit whatever crime they want simply because you messed up one case a couple years ago.

    If Ray Rice is factoring into their thought process even a little, Elliott was never given the benefit of the doubt.

    He was given’s a year’s worth of doubt while the police and the NFL investigated the case. People are making a big deal out of “new evidence” now…where were they when this all started?

    As for the “petulance” thing…give it a rest…when an organization has done something a certain way for years, then suddenly breaks from that when it pertains to a player that is actively suing them…..its going to raise suspicion.

    If your company normally direct deposits your check at midnight on the 1st and 15th and has done so the whole time you have been employed…..then after you file a law suit against them…..they hold that direct deposit for 12 hours…..you’d wonder why and probably be a little irritated.

    Not applicable. My company performs their direct deposit because they have an established protocol – which they even would have informed the employee of during orientation. It sounds great, but is has nothing to do with an “unwritten rule” you now want to act like was a law on the books for the last 40+ years. It’s little more than looking for any excuse you can find, which is what we’ve seen plenty of when it comes to fans here wanting their favorite player to get favored treatment. At one point, we’ve seen these arguments for Aaron Hernandez and Josh Gordon as well.

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