The battle between the NFL and its players’ union over Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic violence suspension is starting to get ugly.
Once last weeks ruling was handed down, it was only a matter of time before onslaught of leaks would come out, both in favor of Ezekiel Elliott and in favor of the NFL’s decision, to win the court of public opinion.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the league ripped the NFLPA, and accused them of spreading “derogatory information” about Elliott’s accuser Tiffany Thompson just hours after text messages between Thompson and her friend discussing blackmailing were leaked to the media.
The NFL came out with a strong statement against those leaks today, singling out the NFLPA:
New NFL statement pic.twitter.com/KJ64RDHVB2
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 16, 2017
For the past week, Elliott’s team and the NFLPA have been on the aggressive trying to discredit Thompson by painting her as someone who has been falsely accusing the Cowboys running back of domestic violence in attempt to ruin his life.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 11, 2017
The NFLPA responded to the NFL with their own scathing comment calling the NFL hypocrites.
NFLPA responds to NFL claim on Zeke Elliott situation: pic.twitter.com/JwhudIwau2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 16, 2017
The NFL’s statement comes hours after Yahoo Sports! Charles Robinson leaked a portion of the NFL’s 160-page report on the Ezekiel Elliott domestic-violence case which details an exchange between Elliott’s accuser, Tiffany Thompson, and one of her friends in which they discuss using sex tapes of Thompson and Elliott as a means for blackmailing Elliott for money.
Via Yahoo Sports
[Thompson]: What if I sold mine and Ezekiel’s sex videos
[Friend]: We’d all be millionaires
[Friend]: We could black mail him w that
[Thompson]: I want to bro
[Friend]: Let’s do it
[Friend]: Id be like look give me 10k or I’ll just sell our sex videos for the same amount flat
[Friend]: Me and my friends tryna go on vacation and get boob jobs
(the report notes a pair of blank texts)
[Thompson]: 10k Bitch I want 20k
[Thompson]: Go big or go home
[Friend]: That’s fine too
It looks like there’s no end in site for this disturbing case, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time I post about this story.