Ezekiel Elliott, as you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, has been suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the personal conduct policy.
Elliot’s lawyer responded to the NFL’s suspension by bringing up text messages that show Elliot’s ex-girlfriend asking a friend to lie to police about the domestic violence incident.
We just learned of the NFL’s decision to suspend Mr. Elliott for six games for allegedly engaging in ‘physical force’ against the accuser. Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision.
“Our offices have been engaged in this matter since last July and have worked hand in hand with the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL with their respective investigations. Accordingly, we are fully aware of the full body of evidence that exists in connection with this matter.
“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.
“For example, both the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL investigators expressly concluded and conveyed to our office (and others) that the accuser was lying about an alleged July 22, 2016 incident whereby she accused Mr. Elliott of pulling her out of her car and assaulting her. An allegation that was ultimately undermined by her own friend’s affidavit which stated that no such assault occurred. The affidavit also outlined the accuser’s plan to orchestrate a story to police to in order to corroborate her false allegation of assault. In addition, the NFL’s own medical experts concluded that many of her injuries predated the week in question and likely occurred during a period of time when Mr. Elliott was not in contact with the accuser. During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light.”
Back in September the Columbus DA’s office released documents pertaining to the Elliot’s domestic violence case that include text messages between Thompson and her friend Ayrin Mason in which Thompson explicitly asks Mason to lie to police about what transpired that evening.
Mason also went on to sign an affidavit confirming that Thompson asked her to lie to the police and that she did not witness Elliott committing domestic violence.
The Tom Brady case made it pretty clear that the NFL’s personal conduct policy really enables the league to enact whatever punishment it wishes, but if Elliott can indeed produce “credible and controverting evidence” perhaps he stands a minor chance at getting his suspension shortened?