Well, What Do You Know? The NFL-Led Investigation Of Ezekiel's Elliott's Alleged Domestic Abuse Has Holes.
StarTelegram- Elliott’s hope of a reduction or of success in federal court were improved during the proceedings that began on Tuesday, according to a source.
His camp promised controverting evidence to the league’s 13-month domestic violence investigation of Elliott, based on claims made by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.
The possible bombshell evidence came in the testimony from Kia Roberts, director of investigations for the NFL.
Roberts recommended no suspension for Elliott following her interviews with Thompson during the investigation — a fact Roberts testified to during the appeals hearing with Henderson, according to a source.
Roberts’ recommendation of no discipline is the main reason Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed so much confidence in the case until the NFL announced the suspension on Aug. 11.
Jones was told by a top NFL executive that there would be no suspension, according to a source.
But Roberts’ recommendation never made it into the NFL’s final report or the official suspension letter on Aug. 11, which cited the league’s findings of three instances of domestic violence by Elliott against Thompson based on the victim’s testimony and photographic evidence.
Oh, the irony...
The same NFL that was chastised into strengthening their Charmin' soft stance on domestic violence when the evidence against Ray Rice was abundantly clear tried to come in hot with the iron fist when they had questionable evidence and now they look like they are going to have to loosen up their grip on Ezekiel Elliott. Seriously, in an incredibly morbid way it's going to be pretty damn funny if - after years of putting an "emphasis" on properly condemning violence against women - the NFL has to tuck their tail and administer nothing more than a paltry, eerily familiar two game suspension. In terms of complete disciplinary incompetence, that - my friends- is what we call full circle.
I suppose I shouldn't assume that the testimony of the only investigator that actually spoke with the alleged victim and determined that she was full of shit will be enough to alter the seemingly inevitable suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. After all, said investigator was a female and - in the eyes of the NFL - a woman's words only hold water when they stand to enhance the narrative the league prematurely decides to push.
Therefore, I truly wouldn't be shocked with whatever comes out of what will undoubtedly be nauseatingly over-covered legal proceedings. I do, however, find it hilarious that Roger Goodell could be made to look even more biased by being forced to swallow his pride and do the right thing. I haven't the slightest clue what actually happened between Ezekiel Elliot and Tiffany Thompson, but if the NFL's investigation - that was apparently thorough in length only - is truly as suspect as it sounds and the league has to let the Cowboys off the hook? Whoa baby.
Considering circumstantial evidence was used in BountyGate and DeflateGate, Ezekiel Elliott should serve some sort of suspension regardless. If not because he needs the time off to reflect on how often his dumbass finds himself in trouble then because it's going to be pretty tough to explain how the team with an owner as powerful as Jerry Jones got "preferential treatment". Even if the NFL's asinine due process has made "preferential treatment" synonymous with "fair and balanced benefit of the doubt". Thank God the guy frivolously handing out these sentences already got his extension, am I right?!