After going through a week of PR headaches, the Dallas Cowboys should be relieved training camp is around the corner.
July is the dead period of the NFL calendar… unless you’re the Dallas Cowboys.
This week has featured a number of Cowboys related stories, ranging from serious to silly. It’s been a PR roller coaster for the Dallas front office, with twists and turns coming out of nowhere. So, rather than write another training camp breakdown, I’d like to recap a bizarre week in Cowboys’ history.
Friday, July 14
Last week ended on a sour note for the Cowboys. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the NFL was possibly preparing to suspend Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott for one or two games.
The situation stems from an incident in Columbus, Ohio, from July 2016. Elliott’s alleged former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her while in a parked car. However, the district attorney did not pursue charges against Elliott, because witnesses (including one in the car) said they saw no assault occur.
The problem for Elliott is the NFL does not follow the same standards as law enforcement. Instead of basing their decisions on “beyond a reasonable doubt,” the NFL only needs enough evidence to reach “more probable than not.”
The other issue Elliott is facing is the league’s recent mishaps regarding player discipline. Last season, the NFL received a tidal wave of backlash for reducing former New York Giants kicker, Josh Brown’s six game suspension to one game for mitigating circumstances.
The fear for Dallas is the league will try to make up for this mistake by punishing Elliott with extra prejudice.
“The NFL is looking to pin something on him,” one source familiar with the investigation told ESPN.