As Ezekiel Elliott prepares to appeal his six-game suspension from the NFL, information has come out that his side presumably believes will shed some light on the case, and clear his name of this terrible situation.
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a series of bullet points from Elliott’s appeal plan that seek to call into question his accuser’s reliability, including text messages in which the accuser purportedly encouraged her friend to lie about alleged domestic incidents, “misleading” testimony to the NFL’s investigator Lisa Friel, and “repeated” threats to ruin the running back’s career.
▪ After being told Elliott didn’t want her at his house on July 21 and he didn’t want her coming out with him, Thompson responded with: “Ok this is what you want? Ok then, I’m going to ruin your life. You will see. If I was you, I wouldn’t go out tonight.”
▪ After being told she couldn’t come Elliott’s 21st birthday party, Thompson told him “that’s worst decision you made in your life. I’m going to ruin you life now.”
▪ The report also details a text message in which Thompson told Elliott: “You better be smart. And not be a dumb man.”
▪ After not being allowed in the after party, she was heard yelling and screaming that “your career is over” and then proceeded to call the police.
▪ Elliott is also “100 percent certain” Thompson told him on July 22, “You are a black male athlete. I’m a white girl. They are not going to be believe you.”
Did the NFL use Ezekiel Elliott as an example because of how they messed things up with previous domestic violence cases?
Was Thompson right in saying being a white woman meant that she would be believed no matter what?
Given that the NFL will also be hearing the appeal, it remains to be seen whether Elliott will be able to sway them at all to either shorten or eliminate his suspension, because right now the NFL really needs to show some proof that Ezekiel Elliott is an abuser, because right now, their case seems flimsy at best.