Ezekiel Elliott “confident” he will play all season

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Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 150 yards Sunday, the third-best performance of his career. Now will a judge do what Washington couldn’t do?

The star running back headed to New York after the Cowboys’ victory to meet with his legal team before a Monday hearing in front of Judge Katherine Polk Failla. It is expected either his six-game suspension begins next week or the legal battle is pushed into the offseason depending on the judge’s decision on the preliminary injunction.

We’re confident,” Elliott said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “We’re confident in our argument. “We’re confident that I’ll be on the field for the rest of the year.”

He’s shown the Cowboys how much he means. Elliott has three consecutive 100-yard games, averaging 124.5 the past four games, and the Cowboys have averaged 196.5 rushing yards the past four.

Dallas faces a crucial three-game stretch against Kansas City, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

“It’s really out of my hands,” Elliott said. “There’s nothing really more I can control, just trust my legal team, trust that they’re going to do their job, and make sure I’m on the field next week.’

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continued his support of Elliott, saying the star player has done nothing to warrant a suspension. The domestic abuse allegation by a former girlfriend lacked enough evidence for the Columbus (Ohio) city prosecutor’s office to pursue charges, but the NFL still suspended Elliott after an investigation that lasted more than a year.

“What is important is that he gets a fair shake,” Jones said. “Zeke has in no way, by any standard in this country, done anything wrong. He’s done nothing wrong.

“The league has tried to say that he’s done something that we disagree with. We all don’t agree with that. We don’t have the system in place for this and we’re trying to make one up in a few short months and it’s got too many ways to not be fair to a person like Zeke.”

40 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott “confident” he will play all season

  1. Regardless if you like the cowboys or zeke or not there is NO way he should be suspended! If a court of law can’t find evidence how in the heck can the NFL find fault! This really should be dropped and goddell should be done as commissioner! Not sure how he ever got into this position of such power! Zeke should be free and roger removed!!!

  2. He’s going to end up serving a suspension anyway. Whether it’s this year or the first six games of next year. They are four wins and three losses. Had he sat out the first six games of this season they would have still probably been four wins and three losses. He is just dragging out the inevitable.

  3. I’d be concerned if he said he wasn’t confident.

    We’re talking about a dude who wore a belly shirt in a suit to his draft day. I don’t think confidence will ever be an issue from the looks of it.

  4. And I’m confident Dallas will finish 9-7 or worse and miss the playoffs… that defense is poor.

  5. Jerry Jones is an old man… thinks things are still done like in the 70’s and 80’s. The good old boy network! Geez…
    I got nothing else. Thank you.

  6. Jerry says he’s done nothing wrong? IDK whether he abused his ex or not but I do know this…. Eliot is no angel. Dude could of been suspended for a few things…

  7. Jerry Jones is going to regret those words. He is doing more harm then good to Zeke and the Cowboys organization. The District Attorney clearly believed that Zeke was responsible for the injuries even before the NFL proved the pictures were real and compared them to the intake interview. His public relations battle is lost. He should not have copied the Saints and Patriots strategy.

  8. Ole Rog is out to get Zeke and continue his vendetta against Jerry Jones! There is zero evidence against Zeke (except for being stupid), and Rog totally ignored his lead investigator’s take that the “victim” was NOT credible!! I truly hope the judge can see through all this and the fact that Zeke did not get a fair hearing..smh…Oh, what a tangled web we weave…I hope & pray that JJ can get 7 more owners to come aboard and NOT give the liar, Goodell, a contract extension, if they do not want the NFL to go even further in the toilet!!!! I CANNOT wait to see the ratings for this weekend…..

  9. “If a court of law can’t find evidence how in the heck can the NFL find fault! ”

    Because it’s a workplace issue, not a court of law. Try this simple test. Show up drunk at your job every day this week. When they try to fire you explain to them that drinking is not a crime. Let us know how it works out.

  10. Actually Jerry, the country has NOT said that Zeke has not done anything wrong. it only means they lacked enough evidence to meet this county’s high standards of conviction in criminal cases. That is NOT an innocent verdict.

    And no fair shake?!?! The NFL spent a year investigating, most likely using something close to preponderance of evidence standards used in civil cases. See OJ Simpson not guilty/guilty for reference.

  11. limakey says:
    October 30, 2017 at 5:56 am
    Jerry Jones is going to regret those words. He is doing more harm then good to Zeke and the Cowboys organization. The District Attorney clearly believed that Zeke was responsible for the injuries even before the NFL proved the pictures were real and compared them to the intake interview. His public relations battle is lost. He should not have copied the Saints and Patriots strategy.

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    Are you referring to the district attorney that decided charges were not warranted? Clearly you and I got a different message from that decision.

    Regarding his PR battle thats a mixed bag. Even though I think he is innocent on what the NFL is trying to punish him for I do think some of his other actions were pretty questionable. But having the league doing yet another heVy handed railroad job based on zero evidence and playing their ‘because we can’ card for that looks worse to me and does more to threaten the future of football than any dufus behavior by any single player.

  12. robvikes1 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:15 am
    Regardless if you like the cowboys or zeke or not there is NO way he should be suspended! If a court of law can’t find evidence how in the heck can the NFL find fault! This really should be dropped and goddell should be done as commissioner! Not sure how he ever got into this position of such power! Zeke should be free and roger removed!!!

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    Did you hold this position when the NFL railroaded Brady even after admitting in open court that they had zero evidence?

  13. theallegedone says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:19 am
    He’s going to end up serving a suspension anyway. Whether it’s this year or the first six games of next year. They are four wins and three losses. Had he sat out the first six games of this season they would have still probably been four wins and three losses. He is just dragging out the inevitable.

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    Well, there is that possibility that he didnt actually do what he was accused of. If he didnt, he should fight having “Domestic Abuser” next to his name or mentioned in every story written about him from now until he retires.

    The leagues aggressive approach to Elliott was unnecessary…..there was never an arrest, never any charges and obviously never a conviction. Only the word of a woman who the policy caught lying about the abuse on multiple occasions. Had the league simply gone with the same decision law enforcement came to originally, nobody would have been upset. Had the league simply taken the recommendation of the their own lead investigator and not suspended him….nobody would have said a word. Now that have the sh#t storm on their hands and it could possibly cost Goodell his job in the end.

  14. nhpats says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:05 am
    robvikes1 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:15 am
    Regardless if you like the cowboys or zeke or not there is NO way he should be suspended! If a court of law can’t find evidence how in the heck can the NFL find fault! This really should be dropped and goddell should be done as commissioner! Not sure how he ever got into this position of such power! Zeke should be free and roger removed!!!

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    Did you hold this position when the NFL railroaded Brady even after admitting in open court that they had zero evidence?

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    Apples and oranges. The Patriots are a threat, the Cowboys not so much.

  15. nhpats says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:05 am
    robvikes1 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:15 am
    Regardless if you like the cowboys or zeke or not there is NO way he should be suspended! If a court of law can’t find evidence how in the heck can the NFL find fault! This really should be dropped and goddell should be done as commissioner! Not sure how he ever got into this position of such power! Zeke should be free and roger removed!!!

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    Did you hold this position when the NFL railroaded Brady even after admitting in open court that they had zero evidence?

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    Give it a rest already. What Brady was accused of was not a felony, he was accused of having a few footballs tampered with…..nobody goes to jail over things like that. The NFL came out and said that Elliott is a violent abuser of women. In this country, a person is given their due process and has a chance to confront their accusers in a court of law over accusations like that.n It never happened in this case.

    The NFL’s own investigator, who was the only person to interview all parties involved came to the same conclusion that law enforcement came to…..no action should be taken. Elliott’s legal team was denied the opportunity to confront the accuser in the appeals process and they were denied access to the investigators notes.

    No person or entity in this country, outside of law enforcement, should ever be allowed to slap the label of domestic abuser on anyone and go VERY public, when he or she has never even been charged with that crime. No player should ever be forced to defend that charge from a private entity, when doing so could have real world legal ramifications if the cooperate.

    Bottom line is the NFL should NOT be in the business of branding someone a violent abuser when this same league cant even tell us what is or isnt a catch, even though 99% of football fans know a catch when we see it. Its time for the NFL to let law enforcement do their jobs then discipline accordingly in cases of this nature…..and its time for Goodell to find another job!

  16. 1 thing to say…..HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!! TIME TO TURN IT UP AND TAKE THE EAGLES TWICE TO TAKE THE DIVISION.

  17. weeteblog says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:17 am
    theallegedone says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:19 am
    He’s going to end up serving a suspension anyway. Whether it’s this year or the first six games of next year. They are four wins and three losses. Had he sat out the first six games of this season they would have still probably been four wins and three losses. He is just dragging out the inevitable.

    *********************************************************
    Well, there is that possibility that he didnt actually do what he was accused of. If he didnt, he should fight having “Domestic Abuser” next to his name or mentioned in every story written about him from now until he retires.

    The leagues aggressive approach to Elliott was unnecessary…..there was never an arrest, never any charges and obviously never a conviction. Only the word of a woman who the policy caught lying about the abuse on multiple occasions.

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    How about the video of Elliott pulling down a woman’s shirt in public…..all while he was under investigation? That in an of itself was enough to Goodell to suspend Elliott due to conduct detrimental to the league

    You people who keep bringing up the judicial system just don’t get it. This is not a court trial nor will it be.

  18. redlikethepig says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:19 am
    “If a court of law can’t find evidence how in the heck can the NFL find fault! ”

    Because it’s a workplace issue, not a court of law. Try this simple test. Show up drunk at your job every day this week. When they try to fire you explain to them that drinking is not a crime. Let us know how it works out.
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    How about if you show up to work sober, but they said you were drunk, and then they fired you. Would you just shrug it off, and take it like a man?

  19. grandsonofcoach says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:32 am
    Actually Jerry, the country has NOT said that Zeke has not done anything wrong. it only means they lacked enough evidence to meet this county’s high standards of conviction in criminal cases. That is NOT an innocent verdict.

    And no fair shake?!?! The NFL spent a year investigating, most likely using something close to preponderance of evidence standards used in civil cases. See OJ Simpson not guilty/guilty for reference.

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    Actually, you couldnt be more wrong if you tried. We have a standard in this country that I am sure you have heard of, its call “Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law”. So, basically what that means is, until you arrest, charge and convict someone of a crime, the are considered “innocent”.

    So, how does that apply to Elliott? He was never arrested, never charged, never convicted in a court of law. Therefore, any accusation against him, is just that, an accusation. He is actually considered innocent of the accusations against him until a judge/jury says that he is guilty. What you are referring to is someone who is put on trial and the jury cant come to a unanimous decision on the guilt of the defendant, which never happened here.

    As for the fair shake….just because the NFL took 14 months doesnt mean squat. The NFL’s lead investigator, who was the only person within the NFL to talk to all parties involved, came to the conclusion that Elliott should not be suspended. This investigator was barred from the Goodell meeting where he decided on a suspension. During the appeals process, the NFL would not let Elliotts legal team talk to the accuser and then withheld their investigation notes from the NFLPA and Elliott’s legal team.

    So yeah……you’re wrong.

  20. nhpats says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:36 am
    weeteblog says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:17 am
    theallegedone says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:19 am
    He’s going to end up serving a suspension anyway. Whether it’s this year or the first six games of next year. They are four wins and three losses. Had he sat out the first six games of this season they would have still probably been four wins and three losses. He is just dragging out the inevitable.

    *********************************************************
    Well, there is that possibility that he didnt actually do what he was accused of. If he didnt, he should fight having “Domestic Abuser” next to his name or mentioned in every story written about him from now until he retires.

    The leagues aggressive approach to Elliott was unnecessary…..there was never an arrest, never any charges and obviously never a conviction. Only the word of a woman who the policy caught lying about the abuse on multiple occasions.

    ——–

    How about the video of Elliott pulling down a woman’s shirt in public…..all while he was under investigation? That in an of itself was enough to Goodell to suspend Elliott due to conduct detrimental to the league

    You people who keep bringing up the judicial system just don’t get it. This is not a court trial nor will it be.

    ************************************************************************
    You people keep bringing up the video dont seem to understand that Goodell was VERY specific about this suspension….he was CLEAR that it was ONLY for the domestic violence accusation and that the parade had NO bearing on the their decision. And yes, the parade incident was inappropriate and if the league wanted to give him a game for that, I have no issue. However inappropriate that was, Zeke knew the woman, he brought her, he left with her and she was with him after that. Also, this same woman who had numerous beads pulled her own top down a few minutes later.

    For those of us “bring up the judicial system”, youre actually making our point for us when you say “This is not a court trial and it never will be”……EXACTLY OUR POINT!!! Elliott was never arrested, charged or convicted of domestic violence and a private entity should NOT be allowed to put that label on him without a conviction in criminal court, or an award in civil court for the accuser. Either way, you gotta take a man to court to call him a domestic abuser in public and take away 38% of his salary and sit him for 6 games.

    That is THE definition of irreparable harm!

  21. The NFL’s entire suspension is based off metadata which summarizes other data. The NFL used metadata to review the phone records of Elliott and his ex-girlfriend’s and concluded Elliott was with his ex when she suffered her injuries. There is a ton of “other” evidence that contradicts the metadata and proves the ex-girlfriend is not credible but the NFL is choosing to ignore this evidence to suspend Elliott. No matter what court of law one chooses to try this case, criminal or civil, it’s a loser for the prosecution or a plaintiff. So why? It is clear the NFL is compensating for the mistakes it made with similar situations in the past. The NFL wants the world to know they do not endorse domestic violence. Hey NFL…no one endorses domestic violence. The NFL has handled this situation badly. This proves conclusively that they need an independent body to handle situations like this. With all the other stuff happening to the NFL, this will likely lead to Goodell losing his job.

  22. For all you keyboard lawyers, the NFL doesn’t have to prove anything, all they have to do is call it “Conduct detrimental to the league”. Now before you get your panties in a bunch, remember the NFLPA agreed to it in the last CBA.
    So if the players want to whine & complain, let them do it to their Union Reps.

  23. It appears that the commissioner (at least for now), has fumbled a number of these investigations and this is just another case of a long line of cases with his fingerprints on it.

  24. jjackwagon says:
    October 30, 2017 at 10:46 am
    For all you keyboard lawyers, the NFL doesn’t have to prove anything, all they have to do is call it “Conduct detrimental to the league”. Now before you get your panties in a bunch, remember the NFLPA agreed to it in the last CBA.
    So if the players want to whine & complain, let them do it to their Union Reps.
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    Hey Keyboard CBA know it all…. That’s not why he was suspended. He was suspended under the DV policy. Even with article 46 the courts, and specifically the judge today, has already said the process has to be “fair”. If the courts find that this did not happen they can vacate the suspension and open the NFL to numerous lawsuits.

    Yes, an employer can do what they want, they also have to suffer the consequences.

  25. titusyoung says:
    October 30, 2017 at 5:30 am
    I am confident the NFL will go out of business unless they stop BLACKBALLING KAEPERNICK
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    IKR? Teams wont sign me for the same reason they wont sign CK. And it really stings.

  26. jjackwagon says:
    October 30, 2017 at 10:46 am
    For all you keyboard lawyers, the NFL doesn’t have to prove anything, all they have to do is call it “Conduct detrimental to the league”. Now before you get your panties in a bunch, remember the NFLPA agreed to it in the last CBA.
    So if the players want to whine & complain, let them do it to their Union Reps.

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    Or they could just kneel. Im not sure that next weeks reason has been decided yet so maybe.

  27. grandsonofcoach says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

    And no fair shake?!?! The NFL spent a year investigating, most likely using something close to preponderance of evidence standards used in civil cases. See OJ Simpson not guilty/guilty for reference.
    ——————–

    The NFL also spent a year investigating Josh Brown, whom the NFL knew was a domestic abuser, and only managed to give him a 1-game suspension.

  28. jjackwagon says:
    October 30, 2017 at 10:46 am

    For all you keyboard lawyers, the NFL doesn’t have to prove anything, all they have to do is call it “Conduct detrimental to the league”. Now before you get your panties in a bunch, remember the NFLPA agreed to it in the last CBA.
    So if the players want to whine & complain, let them do it to their Union Reps.
    ————————

    Seems to me like there would have to be some conduct before the league could suspend a guy. They had the guy on video pulling down the top of some bird, so why didn’t they go with that one, rather than with some lame “he said, she lied” situation?

  29. People rightly point out that the suspension doesn’t hinge on what happens in a court of law. But the process has to be fair. I’m not sure how anyone can argue that the process was fair. The NFL started with their desired outcome and worked backwards, ignoring anything that didn’t fit their narrative. If Elliott prevails, it will be because of this rather than any conclusion about his guilt.

    As for guilt, in a he said-she said situation it is hard to know what to believe. But when the accuser admits suborning perjury, trying to extort the accused, and plotting to sell a sex tape of the accused she does tend to lose some credibility. Funny, that’s what the NFL’s leading investigator concluded…which brings us back to basic fairness.

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