The Dallas Cowboys and most of those covering the National Football League (NFL) thought there would be no disciplinary sanction handed down after it was revealed that the rookie sensation in 2016 — Ezekiel Elliott — reportedly had a proof his accuser asked a friend to lie for the woman, but that legal dispute took a twist with a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
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According to Schefter, there’s a developing sense that running back Ezekiel Elliott is going to face some sort of disciplinary punishment and it very well could include a short suspension.
“[T]his is a situation that has gone back and forth so many times. I’ve spoken to some people within the league who, during the course of the offseason, got a sense that some form of discipline could happen.
“And then I spoke to somebody last week and they’re like, ‘Yeah, I don’t think anything is going to happen here.’ And then a decision that many people thought would come before the start of the the July 4th weekend on Friday when the NFL usually makes a lot of decisions, hands down some news, I was told that was being pushed back.
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“Now why is that being pushed back? Was it being pushed back, actually? Maybe it wasn’t even. But I was told there wasn’t going to be an answer here for a little while, that there was more information. There have been more meetings between either Zeke’s people and the league, or the NFLPA and the league, or whoever. It’s just been an ongoing issue that has had no conclusion. And so, if you’re drafting today, it’s hard to say, ‘Well, nothing’s going to happen there.’
“Nothing may well happen there, but something could happen there. We just don’t know right now. It’s just sort of out there.”
While the league’s policy indicates an automatic six-game suspension for a domestic violence incidents, however, it does not appear that the NFL is going to sanction him such a sins-game suspension most especially considering the information surrounding the investigation, but maybe a two- or four-game suspension isn’t out of the question.
The league’s investigation has been going on for just short period of a year, arising from an incidents back in July 2016, when Zeke Elliott’s girlfriend filed a criminal case with the police in Columbus, Ohio. However, there were charges were filed against the Ohio State product Elliott, and the Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained his running back’s innocence.
The Dallas Cowboys take on the only professional American football organization to outscore them twice last season in Week 1 in the New York Giants, two of the best defenses in the NFL versus the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals in Weeks 2 and 3 and another very good defense against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4.