Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of a six-game suspension might have additional ammunition given the X-rated plans of questionable accuser.
It’s a given that the entire Dallas Cowboys fanbase, the largest in professional sports, is pretty upset over the six-game suspension handed down to running back Ezekiel Elliott last week for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Some saw it coming. But others, including owner and general manager Jerry Jones, definitely did not.
According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Elliott’s accuser of domestic violence, whose name I’m not going to plug for obvious reasons, had discussed plans with a friend via text messages to blackmail the defending NFL rushing champion, threatening to release sex videos that the two were featured in.
Sorry, but I think that Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson wore out this tired stunt a couple of decades ago.
It’s beginning to seem like this whole episode concerning Elliott and the woman in question is about bitterness and envy, but not necessarily physical abuse.
Does this development negate any alleged domestic violence?
Does it mean that Elliott is completely innocent of wrongdoing?
Does it mean that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell needs to take another look at this case?
There’s been numerous anomalies surrounding this case. The resulting suspension has led some to question whether or not Goodell is fit for his job at this time.
A safe bet is that there’s been a dramatic overcompensation for the botched Ray Rice investigation from a few years ago. The league ended up being supremely embarrassed by its handling of that case after actual video evidence emerged showing what Rice had done to his now wife in that hotel elevator.
In the Elliott case, no such video proof of domestic violence has been released. There are photos of bruises on the accuser’s body, but how those bruises were inflicted is a point of contention between the two sides. Although the timing and location of when the photos were taken has been confirmed digitally.
Now, we apparently have the publicized proof of a blackmail attempt against Elliott along with other issues pertaining to the testimony of the accuser.
There’s a reason why authorities didn’t pursue this case in a court of law.
There’s also a reason why Goodell is booed year after year when strutting out on stage to open the NFL Draft, wherever that might be taking place.
Regardless of what comes next, expect a bitter fight from Ezekiel Elliott and his team against commissioner Roger Goodell and a domestic violence case that appears to be built around an alleged victim’s testimony who’s credibility is certainly in question at this point.
Yes, domestic violence, especially against women and children, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent that the law allows. Then again, adequate proof should exist in order to protect the innocent from false allegations that often prove to be irreversible.