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Friday, August 11, 2017

The NFL announced Friday afternoon that it has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating its personal conduct policy. Elliott and the Cowboys now have three business days to file an appeal, and a hearing on that appeal must be held within 10 days of the notice of appeal. The hearing would be heard either by Commissioner Roger Goodell or a league official designated by Goodell. Should the six-game suspension hold up, Elliott's first game back will be Oct. 29 against the Washington Redskins. Dallas's first six games of the season are against the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers and 49ers. Assuming the suspension stands, he will lose out on his base salary for the time missed -- about $240,000 per game, per ESPN's Adam Schefter -- and will have to pay back some of the $16.350 million signing bonus he has received since joining the Cowboys as the fourth pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

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Considering the alleged mood of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has issued public statements of support for his running back, an appeal seems likely.

The NFL had been investigating Elliott for more than a year, with league officials looking into a number of incidents involving Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing yards and attempts during his rookie season in 2016. Elliott's ex-girlfriend accused him of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016, though prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, declined to press charges because of "conflicting and inconsistent information" from witnesses.

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No one was expecting 6 games, most of the talk was about 1 or 2, 4 at most, in a situation where there were never any charges filed. I would have thought a few games for unproven allegations would have been appropriate, but the NFL apparently has tougher rules and better investigative techniques than the police these days.

If he did commit said violence, he deserves this punishment which will be expensive....

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He'll forfeit $559,192 in 2017 salary and a possible $1.44M in signing bonus repayment. His $8.15M in guarantees will also void

If he didn't, it's just the NFL being more concerned about PR concerning what the players do than about what they themselves do in areas like research and support on concessions.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 01:18 PM | Reply

concussions... grrr

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 01:20 PM | Reply

Typical for the National Felons League.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-11 01:26 PM | Reply

What's typical? That they would give a heavy penalty for unproven allegations?

Or is that just your usual knee-jerk contrarian retort.... which is not a question.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 01:30 PM | Reply

No one was expecting 6 games, most of the talk was about 1 or 2, 4 at most, in a situation where there were never any charges filed.

He should be in jail right now with the other women-beaters, learning what it's like on the receiving end. At least he'll get to sit while he watches the Eagles win the conference, while cheerleader Christie rubs whatever Jerry wants him to.

#5 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-08-11 01:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Ah, you must feel the same way about Trump, then; punishment in jail for so far unproven, uncharged allegations.

Good to know.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 02:17 PM | Reply

#5

Annnnd Nulli for the NW flag.

Perhaps I was wrong about what he meant in #3. He was prolly referring to all the young black men, you know, given his devolution.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 02:19 PM | Reply

I guess your point is that if she ain't bleedin' about it, then we shouldn't be readin' about it?

#8 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-08-11 02:26 PM | Reply

#8

My point was your obvious hypocrisy. Obviously... oh, wait, your'e a rwinger. I'll use smaller words next time. Sorry.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 02:30 PM | Reply

Words like "if she ain't spittin' teef, he shouldn't be gettin' grief?"

#10 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-08-11 02:32 PM | Reply

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You know, it's pretty common for people with no point to try to be funny instead. It's a common defense mechanism, really... and sometimes it actually werks for people who are actually funny and not making light of potential domestic violence.

So, not werkin' for you.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 02:37 PM | Reply

I made my point. He's a cowardly beater of women, and should be some one named "Chocko"'s new --------.

#12 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-08-11 02:50 PM | Reply

That they would give a heavy penalty for unproven allegations? #4 | POSTED BY CORKY

I agree with you, but the precedent for the 6-game suspension seems to have been set by the suspension of Ben Rapistburger, who appealed it down to a 4-game suspension. In both cases, it seems like a similar set of "------" were used to reach a conclusion.

#13 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-08-11 03:02 PM | Reply

Mr. Who-flagged-who strikes again. Without that and cut-and-paste he wouldn't have anything at all.

#14 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-11 03:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Roger Goodell has taken on Kraft and Jones, two of the most powerful owners in the NFL, in back to back seasons.
Bold move...

#15 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-08-11 03:07 PM | Reply

Jerry Jones ought to suspend himself for his long history of enabling women-beaters.

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-11 06:17 PM | Reply

Woman beating BAD
----- grabbing OKAY
Forced sex on your wife 20 years ago OKAY

Actually a think I'm seeing at least one sign of progress, keep up the good work!

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-11 06:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

These rwingers Trumpfish and Trumpifidian have a different set of standards for young black men than they do for old orange rwing Presidents.

He might be guilty, he might not, we'll see more with the appeal. What he won't be is someone who is blowing up the country whether he's a colluder or not.

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-11 09:52 PM | Reply

scratch that......video was JOE NIXON....

hard to keep the NFL women beaters separate...

#19 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-11 10:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I applaud this move. EE has been getting away with punkish behavior going to when he first arrived at Ohio State. EE thinks he is invincible because he's always had someone to cover his tracks.

The college, much like Jerry Jones covered for the guy. Remember the guy in the bar he punched in the nose about a month ago that wouldn't talk? Hard to speak when Jerry is shoving wads of 100 dollar bills in your mouth.

If EE were a normal citizen and not a star football player game in college and one in the NFL, he would be in prison just like any of us would if we did the things he has done.

This isn't just a "one off" thing.

Jerry better hire a full time team of babysitters like he did with Dezzy Bryant to keep him out of trouble or else EE's NFL career will be a short one. The guy wants to party full time and when he does, he loses what little common sense he normally has. He has Johnny Manziel-itis

Dallas wasn't making the playoffs this year before this anyhow, no paddycake schedule like last year, and they have no one on defense other than an overrated Sean "I got decleated by a WR" Lee.

#20 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-08-12 12:51 AM | Reply

" Ah, you must feel the same way about Trump, then; punishment in jail for so far unproven, uncharged allegations."

#6 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2017-08-11 02:17 PM | FLAG: Very surprised that you would acknowledge that!

#21 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-08-12 02:17 AM | Reply

He's not going to jail for the abuse allegations. He's sitting on a bench in a football stadium. And six weeks into the season he'll be earning more than a million dollars a month.

Holy cow Cork. Maybe find a more sympathetic victim next time? Cowboys play the guy without punishment, they're accused to putting profits before principle. Make him sit the bench until mid-October, and you think he's Rodney King.

#22 | Posted by WhiteDevil at 2017-08-12 02:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- play the guy without punishment,

For what? All we have now is the NFL making unproven allegations that prosecutors refused to act on... mainly because the accuser was found to have lied about at least one event, and had threatened to ruin his career if he left her.

But, you didn't know that, so....

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-12 11:18 AM | Reply

"There is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence," it said in a letter that the league sent to Elliott.

Shame on Elliott, right? Nope. The narrative across the sports landscape Friday afternoon was, shame on the NFL. The majority of talk was not about NFL players' continued pattern of violence toward women, but about how the NFL drastically reshaped the season for those poor Dallas Cowboys.
,,,

His representatives said Thompson might have fallen down some stairs or, better yet, bumped into table while she was working as a restaurant server. Seriously? Are we still allowing our beloved athletes to skate on such excuses?"

www.latimes.com

#24 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-08-12 01:35 PM | Reply

"The majority of talk was not about NFL players' continued pattern of violence toward women, but about how the NFL drastically reshaped the season for those poor Dallas Cowboys."

As it should be.
Sports writers should mostly be writing about sports, not what happens off the field.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-12 01:38 PM | Reply

Sports writers should mostly be writing about sports, not what happens off the field.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-08-12 01:38 PM |

mostly.....if no one wrote about it, fans wouldn't know why he wasn't there,......

much more importantly....neither would I when I called the booki....I MEAN my buddy who likes to talk "sports"....

#26 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-08-12 01:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#24

One of the dumbest things to be said in the entire affair was that statement..... as if the defendant, were he innocent of the charges, should somehow be able to present evidence as to how she actually got said bruises. That was the brilliant excuse by at least one of Goodell's advisers, a former state AG, for voting for suspension.

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2017-08-12 03:11 PM | Reply

This isn't a court of law. The NFL is a business and has the right to set rules just like any employer.

If I smoke weed on my offtime my employer can and will fire me if I test positive for it even though pot is PERFECTLY LEGAL in my state. Or if I tell my boss to go eff himself, I will be fired.

So even though the 2 examples I gave I didn't BREAK ANY LAWS, I can still be fired. And EE is not getting terminated, just suspended for "a pattern of behavior".

You are either a Cowboy fan are you have EE on your fantasy team if you are upset about this as he got off light IMHO.

The only thing EE is a victim of is his own bad life choices.

#28 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-08-12 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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