NFL statement says process to suspend Ezekiel Elliott was “meticulous and fair throughout”

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The NFL released a statement of its own after Judge Amos L. Mazzant III ruled in Ezekiel Elliott‘s favor, blocking his suspension pending the outcome of the litigation filed by Elliott in Texas.

The league’s statement makes it clear Friday’s ruling doesn’t end the court fight.

The NFL’s statement reads:

“We strongly believe that the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner’s decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout. We will review the decision in greater detail and discuss next steps with counsel, both in the district court and federal court of appeals.”

54 responses to “NFL statement says process to suspend Ezekiel Elliott was “meticulous and fair throughout”

  1. I mean, sure, the NFLPA forgot to collectively bargain to keep the NFL from lying, so the NFL can issue statements of this sort all it wants.

  2. He’s a woman beating coward. The fact that the Cowboys continue to support him shows how much class Jerry Jones and his group of above-the-law cronies lack anything resembling class.

  3. It’s easy to blame the NFL. The people who REALLY are at blame? The union for negotiating such a ridiculous collective bargaining agreement!! How does it feel, NFL players? You pay union fees to an association who does absolutely NOTHING to protect you!!!

  4. The NFL’s concept of “meticulous” is sticking needles in balls in an uncontrolled environment with zero understanding of the effects of temperature on ball pressure. Their concept of “fair” is empowering Goodell with unlimited power to punish players based on what they deem is a “more probable than not” standard of non-proof. Their statement has zero credibility but alas, the CBA allows it.

  5. What is the NFL’s end game here? What does it hope to accomplish?

    We all know money is the ultimate motivator, but how does this circus translate to more revenue? Is it as simple as perpetuating the soap opera aspect of off-field issues? Something doesn’t add up.

  6. How does the NFL figures this was a “meticulous and fair ” process ? You have Kia Roberts, the only person apparently to interview Ms. Thompson and came to the conclusion she was not credible. Then, she was barred by Lisa Friel from meeting with Goodell and the 4 advisors. Goodell didn’t attend the meeting when Elliott was present nor did he ever meet with Thompson. You have inconsistencies here that the NFL should explain.

  7. “It’s easy to blame the NFL. The people who REALLY are at blame? The union for negotiating such a ridiculous collective bargaining agreement!! How does it feel, NFL players? You pay union fees to an association who does absolutely NOTHING to protect you!!!
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    Thats not the point. Even with the rules slanted heavily in the NFL’s favor, including a very low burden of proof, the NFL still failed to act fairly or give Elliot a fair hearing per the CBA according to the Judge.

    The NFL has no competence in its investigatory or disciplinary process.

  8. They were meticulous alright. They made sure Zeke and the NFLPA couldn’t see investigators notes, cross examine Thompson, make Goodell available for questioning and tried to hide what Kia Roberts found out. Sounds very fair in Goodell’s clown court. MUH ARTICLE 46!

  9. What they re saying is that regardeless if the judge thinks their finding has no merit based on the facts if the case they can still just go appeal on the basis that the CBA says that they can do what they want.

  10. The NFL continues to try to dig out of the hole they made for themselves by, uh, trying to continue to dig. Homer Simpson once said “We’ll dig our way out” followed by Chief Wiggum saying “No, dig up stupid!”

    I understand they want to have a conduct policy for players. I understand they massively screwed up the Ray Rice case, and now the Josh Brown case.

    But two wrongs don’t make a right. I don’t know all the particulars of the current case, but I do know the legal system did weigh in and opted not to charge Elliot. Trying to charge him JUST IN CASE a smoking gun video comes out that would be another public relations disaster for the league is a huge concern. But their own investigator apparently did the homework and didn’t find anything.

    To ignore that and suspend him anyway is setting up a system in which any allegation can set the stage for a suspension. With essential no league recourse to defend yourself. Hence the players turn to the courts.

    The next major NFL players strike is coming. And this will be a major point.

    But Zeke is playing The Giants Sunday. How about we get journalists asking Mara and the NY Giants why there were so desperate to resign Josh Brown when they KNEW he had abused his wife and was facing a suspension? If I recall correctly, the Giants went above and beyond to bring Brown back. They could easily have walked away. And it rightfully blew up in their faces. And, Browns’ new 6 game suspension not withstanding, I don’t think they ever really gave an adequate explanation as to why they had to have him. I guess they were trying to get out of their hole by digging also!

  11. I reserve judgement on elliot and his innocence and guilt. But the process was agreed to by the union. collective bargaining agreements are not predicated on inherent fairness. It is based on two sides negotiating and deciding what they believe is fair. Not liking the arbitration process and the decision of the arbitrator I dont think nullify the cba. I think if the NFL continues to fight this that they will win. The union being terrible negotiators does not mean they get to be bailed out by the courts.

  12. The fact they can spew such blatant lies with a straight face says how morally bankrupt the entire league office is

  13. suncawy says:
    September 8, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    How does the NFL figures this was a “meticulous and fair ” process ?
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    Because the league office is full of duplicitous liars. They don’t even give a second thought about lying to Federal judges.

  14. therealraider says:
    September 8, 2017 at 8:42 pm
    The players got raped during the last CBA negotiations, So what will they do? Trot out D. Smith again for round 2.

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    where they will have a lot more
    leverage with a strike and a ratings drop as you are seeing
    right now

    goodell can’t mask the ratings drops

  15. This is good stuff to talk about in the off-season. Now they’re playing football. I couldn’t care less if Elliott is suspended or not. The NFL is a passing league now, and Dak Prescott is the man in Dallas. Who cares about a kid that always seems to get into some kind of trouble.

  16. cardinealsfan20 says:
    September 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm
    What is the NFL’s end game here? What does it hope to accomplish?

    We all know money is the ultimate motivator, but how does this circus translate to more revenue? Is it as simple as perpetuating the soap opera aspect of off-field issues? Something doesn’t add up.

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    You’re 100% correct. Besides how badly this archaic site needs a simple “respond” button. Let’s break it down. It’s not about revenue. It’s about an authoritarian like control from the league office.

  17. It is based on two sides negotiating and deciding what they believe is fair. Not liking the arbitration process and the decision of the arbitrator I dont think nullify the cba. I think if the NFL continues to fight this that they will win.
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    The judge had this to say about the CBA “requires that the “NFLPA and NFL have the right to attend all hearings provided for in [Article 46] and to present, by testimony or otherwise, any evidence relevant to the hearing.” The issue is about did the NFL provide a fair process in the investigation and arbitration hearing ? Goodell never interviewed the victim, he did not hear from why Kia Roberts did not recommend suspension, she was barred from any meetings. The reports were not made available in the appeal hearing. Goodell’s information on this matter was incomplete or at worst he dismissed relevant information in this case.

  18. The NFL is the greatest form of entertainment on earth. It’s run by brilliant people who are very successful. The NFL employs hundreds of very young men who are millionaires. Most are very responsible young men, That’s why they made it this far. A few get into trouble. They get punished by the league. Some get caught cheating. They get punished too. Most of us aren’t millionaires. Most of us aren’t as successful as we’d like. We lash out at authority figures. We have a problem with highly successful people. Presidents. Bosses. Teachers. Cops. Commissioners. Somehow, they’re the bad guy. They have it out for us. Life is just not fair. Boo hoo.

  19. So embarrassing that Kap cant get a job and they other clowns are beating down their girl friends. Oh bye the way
    sick of all the military and police garbage at all the games! Enough! Guess since all the owners are Trump losers we have
    to put up with this pregame garbage!

  20. I truly believe the league never had interest in a Zeke suspension. Too many suspicious and inept decisions that led to Judge Amos making this obvious decision today. I’m extremely skeptical. I think this will be a slam dunk win for Zeke and the NFL will fight it to the end….in the name of “combating domestic violence”.

  21. vancouversportsbro says:
    September 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm
    Doesn’t seem to be the case. How can a league mess up so many of it’s suspensions over and over again? This never happened under Paul T.
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    There was nothing that could be considered an attempt at discipline of any kind then. I agree that the league has problems with discipline but that is solely due to basing it on PR fallout with sponsors and the prevailing winds of public opinion. The union has fought every single attempt at discipline. All of them. Not once has any player or union rep said, yep he did that. Even when everyone can plainly see something happened, the lawyers provide an explanation and tons of hero worshipers assault their keyboards in protest of Goodell.

    The fix is to establish simple policies and standards and follow them every time. If x happens then y will result. If the player is a repeater then it is bumped to a higher degree. Certain infractions deserve big fines and/or suspensions. No more fighting the PR game looking for sympathetic reporters on either side. Team/player/potential revenue should never be factored but it is plain that they are. In Elliot’s case, they clearly waited so the league could benefit from the cash cow that is known as opening day/week. Elliot clearly violated the conduct policy but the league tried to play the PR game, using different people, talking at different times. The result is incoherence exploited by the lawyers and the media driven by an agenda…be that disdain for the league or the profits earned via controversy.

  22. NFLPA signed a contract giving GODell all the power to be judge, jury, and the ability to levy punishment. Waste your money NFLPA, in the end the courts will rule you must follow the bargain agreement.

  23. The way the NFL conducted this was a disgrace. Not only they refused Elliot’s attorney but they hid evidence found by one of the investigators.
    Know there is a labor agreement and the courts may ultimately decide that they don’t have jurisdiction. But this is an egregious violation of Eliot’s rights.

  24. Elliot deserves to be suspended. Iit is a joke to to me know everyone acts the the player is the victim when the league makes a suspension. Where there is smoke, there is fire. I hope the league gets this pathetic verdict overturned and Elliot has to sit out 6 games. We live in a society where most people do not own up to their mistakes. They just want to side step wrongdoings without consequences. The NFL investigated Elliot for a year.. Goodell’s decision should be final. In reality, the courts should stay out of the NFL’s business.

  25. Regardless of the outcome, it’s clear Zeke doesn’t hold any respect for women. Anyon surprised? Women should be held with high respect. How do you want your child to grow up, standing on a corner sagging his pants with no life skills???

  26. I think Elliott is lying. I could be wrong, but they investigated for a year. I don’t believe there’s any kind of conspiracy… the police said they believed the girl. Everything points to the fact that he did hit, choke and threw her. The bruises and such were consistent according to investigators. He’ll probably serve the suspension at the start of next season. Unless they put him on the exempt list like they did Peterson.. but that case is a bit different. I expect the photos of her to be released soon.

  27. NFL
    You are wrong to take someones wages on allegations. If the police in which we pay taxes for investigate s and files no charges. Then The Big bad NFL takes our money a second time and investigate(for a year really)
    And states there is enough to take a man’s living without hearing all of the evidence(really). Seems like the NFL is making to much money and it is time for the people that are paying them this money to start taking back and see how they feel when there income is docked 6 paychecks

  28. mdintino1420 says:
    September 9, 2017 at 9:32 am
    Elliot deserves to be suspended. Iit is a joke to to me know everyone acts the the player is the victim when the league makes a suspension. Where there is smoke, there is fire. I hope the league gets this pathetic verdict overturned and Elliot has to sit out 6 games. We live in a society where most people do not own up to their mistakes. They just want to side step wrongdoings without consequences. The NFL investigated Elliot for a year.. Goodell’s decision should be final. In reality, the courts should stay out of the NFL’s business.
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    What you need to do is contact the Columbus Police Department with the evidence that proves his guilt. If you want to base the the guilt of someone based on the “where there is smoke there is fire” threshold……then good LORD we are in trouble as a society. People like you are low volume information decision makers. You want the highlights, not the details and then make your decisions……that might be ok in your personal life, but not when assigning the label of domestic abuser to a person who MIGHT actually be innocent.

  29. cardinealsfan20 says:
    September 9, 2017 at 11:11 am
    “The fix is to establish simple policies and standards and follow them every time”.

    No, the fix is for the NFL to get out of the crime and punishment business.
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    What a myopic viewpoint. Almost every business has a conduct policy. Many even include behavior away from the workplace. Look at how many morons get fired because of something they said via twitter. It happens all the time. The difference is you are aware of the trouble many players find and you have a vested interest in their fate because of team fandom or fantasy football implications. People hate Goodell so they spout off about overstepping and incompetence. The issue is the damage to the brand because of the high profile nature of the athletes. IIRC, nothing happened in the Ray Rice legal case and that crazy guy from Car/Dal paid off his ex to ruin the case that was actually brought by authorities. Your way is not better. It is just less likely to effect you.

  30. weeteblog says:
    September 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm
    mdintino1420 says:
    September 9, 2017 at 9:32 am
    Elliot deserves to be suspended. Iit is a joke to to me know everyone acts the the player is the victim when the league makes a suspension. Where there is smoke, there is fire. I hope the league gets this pathetic verdict overturned and Elliot has to sit out 6 games. We live in a society where most people do not own up to their mistakes. They just want to side step wrongdoings without consequences. The NFL investigated Elliot for a year.. Goodell’s decision should be final. In reality, the courts should stay out of the NFL’s business.
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    What you need to do is contact the Columbus Police Department with the evidence that proves his guilt. If you want to base the the guilt of someone based on the “where there is smoke there is fire” threshold……then good LORD we are in trouble as a society. People like you are low volume information decision makers. You want the highlights, not the details and then make your decisions……that might be ok in your personal life, but not when assigning the label of domestic abuser to a person who MIGHT actually be innocent.
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    I agree with your argument, but I disagree about the low information aspect of your post. There may be a legitimate argument against suspending Elliot specifically for domestic abuse. However, there is little argument against suspending him for violating the conduct policy in general and tarnishing the NFL brand. That is what the league should have done based on the large number of incidents (both alleged and actually proven) Elliot has been involved with going back to his college days. I am not saying he should be suspended for stuff he did in college. I am simply saying Elliot has demonstrated a pattern of behavior that is alarming to the league. Discipline is not a revenge game and isn’t geared towards taking that pound of flesh and moving on. It is intended to change behavior and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future because the player should be more aware of the actual consequences for his behavior. Failure to dispense discipline is exactly what most of these troubled players have experienced all their lives. It has allowed them to assume they won’t get in trouble so there is no second thought towards questionable behavior. If the league lets this go it is possible that Elliot would straighten up but it is much more likely that another incident would force discipline later on. If that were to happen then many of these anti-discipline keyboard warriors would be saying that the league should have done something back then (now, in this case). It is a no win scenario for the league because people will complain no matter what.

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