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What to Make of Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Rumors

What to Make of the Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Rumors

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What to Make of Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Rumors

What to Make of Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Rumors

As you’ve likely heard already, there are rumors floating over the last 24 hours about Ezekiel Elliott facing a minor suspension in 2017. While we at Inside The Star don’t put much stock in the rumors at this time, it’s out there and we need to take a look at it.

While nothing has come from the NFL or the Dallas Cowboys about Elliott missing games, those good ol’ “sources” are citing Zeke’s alleged domestic violence incident from 2016 as the basis for the suspension.  The NFL has been investigating this matter for almost a year now with no reported updates.

Ezekiel Elliott

RB Ezekiel Elliott

The first ripples in the water started Thursday evening with this Tweet from actor and sports enthusiast Michael Rapaport, who does work with Barstool Sports and has appeared many times on podcasts and other media with “The Sports Guy” Bill Simmons.

MichaelRapaport on Twitter

Sources are telling Zeke Elliot getting suspended for weed & Melo trade is going down today.

While it appears Michael was wrong on both fronts, it’s interesting that his tweet came just hours before the Elliott rumors really got cooking. How marijuana got into the picture is unknown, but perhaps the source heard about a Cowboys player being suspended and just assumed it would be weed-related. Given Dallas’ recent history, that wouldn’t be the worst guess.

Things really heated up when the rumors started being reported yesterday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and other more established NFL news breakers. Now domestic violence and the ongoing investigation entered the picture.

The NFL’s domestic violence and personal conduct policies make this a much bigger concern than a drug suspension. Even without a court finding or filed charges, the NFL can still suspend a player if they simply believe something happened. We saw this happen with Greg Hardy just two years ago.

According to ESPN, Elliott is preparing for the worst. With how long things have dragged on, there’s a sense that the NFL is desperate to pin something on one of the brightest stars from its most popular franchise. What better way to send a message:

“Here, watch us drop the hammer on a superstar running back. That makes up for what happened with the other running back a few years ago, right? Right?!”

To be fair, the NFL may have some form of evidence that will eventually have a lot of us eating crow. But it’s hard to fathom why the league would just keep sitting on any concrete evidence about domestic violence. The only reason I can come up with is that they don’t want to repeat the botched handling of Ray Rice, passing one sentence and then having to revise it when new information was made public.

Many Cowboys fans and analysts, including this site, are skeptical. One noted Cowboys reporter made it clear, with these and many other comments yesterday, how he feels:

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

ALERT: Source tells @1053thefan the #Cowboys front office ‘is not aware’ of a coming @EzekielElliott suspension. Monitoring …

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

It would also explain why @AdamSchefter report has more ‘coulds,’ ‘almosts,’ ‘maybes,’ ‘kindas’ & ‘ifs’ than my college dating life. https://t.co/q7AS740J83

As we all know, NFL media is desperate for things to report in the doldrums of early summer. While we’re not saying that this Elliott story was totally manufactured, did something get blown way out of proportion in that hunger for content? Did a simple comment or speculation become “source” material?

The best thing to do right now, and really all we can do, is wait. Given all the smoke that’s now been created, the league may be forced to conclude its investigation before the season starts in less than two months. They don’t want to deal with the negative press of having still not resolved this.

What that resolution will mean for Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys is our concern at this moment, but let’s be clear; we’re giving Zeke benefit of the doubt right now. We’re giving him the supportive assumption of innocence based on a current lack of evidence and the questionable credibility of his accuser.

If domestic violence is actually proven, and rumors turn into facts, then things change. But the NFL’s poor handling of past issues, and the ever-desperate nature of NFL media during these summer months, make them the less believable parties at this time.

Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

8 Comments
  • StupidPeopleCrackMeUp

    NFL should’ve been taken care of this situation but now want to wait for the season to start and still can’t give us a definite answer..if there is no proof after all this investigating leave this man alone and let him play football #DC4L

  • Mauricio Rodriguez

    Man, we miss football through all of the offseason and we long for NFL news. But I appreciate more having no news at this point. No news is good news.
    The NFL is either hunting Zeke or doing him a favor by scaring him. If I had to guess, I think they are trying to suspend him though.

    • John Williams

      Yeah, my hope is that this is a scare tactic.

  • ThePsychodad69

    Here’s a link to all the police reportstexts from her friends phone…

    http://www.scribd.com/mobile/document/323284084/Ezekiel-Elliott-case#from_embed

    Basically her “Gravy Train” was over and she didn’t like it.

    If he gets suspended, every swinging duck in the NFL will be at risk to blackmail. Just remember fellas, psychos come in all shapes and sizes. Anyone remember Steve McNair?

    • Don

      I just read the report you posted. This even makes the NFL look even worse for not wrapping this up already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DallasCowboyBooksBlog fgoodwin

    All we have is speculation so far and darn few facts.

    So let me add to the speculation: I think Zeke is paying for the price for the NFL’s lack of due diligence in the Ray Rice case. The NFL doesn’t want a repeat of that episode, so they are dragging this out as long as possible to give the appearance they are “doing something”.

    I don’t condone domestic violence in any way, but this “investigation” sure looks like a fishing expedition to me.

  • Don

    Well I aired my thoughts on this yesterday on Sean Martins story and his wasn’t even about Zeke. This NFL investigation is pure bogus BS and a joke. If they can’t scrounge up something in over a year to fuel their reasons for discipline then there must not be anything there. The police found nothing and if this is all because of their Ray Rice botching those are totally different situations with video and arrests. Move on…

  • John Williams

    I usually trust Fish when it comes to stuff like this. While a lot of people tend to overreact and freak out a bit when it comes to suspensions, Fish goes to the source and gets the info.

    His tweets make the most sense to me.

    I get it that the NFL has to protect it’s public image, but it seems to me that they go to far sometimes.

    As one person said, maybe it was Marcus Mosher, they may end up with a big race issue on their hands if Elliott gets more of a suspension than Josh Brown from the Giants.

    The fact that a suspension is even being discussed at this point seems ridiculous. Though they don’t need proof that he broke the law to act in the best interest of the league. Just silly that the union will let them get away with it.

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