Goodell: No Timetable On Ezekiel Elliott’s Domestic Violence Investigation

By: Josh Clark and Mike Fisher

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HOUSTON (105.3 The Fan) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed a number of topics in his state of the NFL address on Wednesday, but what caught Cowboy’s fans attention was his statement on running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott was cleared by Columbus, Ohio police in a domestic violence case from last July. However, the NFL decided to take a further look into the allegations to decide if they needed to impose a suspension of Elliott.

Today, Goodell said the league has no timetable on when the matter will be resolved.

In October, a source close to 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher said a CBS report that insisted Ezekiel Elliott “could face a lengthy suspension” as the result of an NFL investigation into allegations of domestic violence was “nothing new’’ and a “regurgitation’’ of what is already known about the Cowboys rookie running back domestic violence case.

A woman with whom Elliott had a relationship filed a police report in July and alleged Elliott assaulted her. Elliott denied the allegations and law-enforcement authorities in Columbus, citing “conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents,’’ did not prosecute.

Three witnesses told police they didn’t see Elliott assault the 20-year-old woman. Elliott said the woman got the bruises and abrasions in a bar fight.

The league has the latitude to discipline players even if the court system does not, though it’s possible that Elliott’s case remains in the NFL’s sights because of its botched handling of the case of Giants kicker Josh Brown, who earlier this year received just a one-game suspension for multiple cases of violence against his wife, although the NFL circled back and suspended Brown after new information came to light.

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One Comment

  1. Glenn Korbel says:

    This statement by Goodell is evidence that as commissioner he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about due process. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a criminal defendant a speedy trial by an “impartial jury.” This amendment, of course, does not apply to this case: Elliot is neither a criminal who is charged. However, the NFL should have an analogous rule which puts a limit on the time the Commissioner’s office has to complete its investigation and hand down a ruling. It should also, in good faith, respect the findings of the civilian authorities which previously investigated the matter, review their findings, and dispose of the matter in 90 days.

    Dylan roof, the monster who slaughtered in innocents attending church in South Carolina was in mid-june was sentenced to death seven months later, in January.

    The victim in the alleged incident involving Elliot occurred on February 22, almost a year ago. Charges were not filed (the D.A. has the right to that independent of the the victim’s refusal to do so), nor was Elliot convicted of domestic abuse.

    From CBS”

    “I am not putting any pressure on our investigators,” Goodell said, “We have highly trained, highly skilled people and we don’t put time limits on those decisions. We want them to be thorough, fair, to come to the right conclusions and notify me from there. At this point, there is no timetable.”

    This is an obscenity. First, if Elliot is guilty of sexual assault, Goodell is callously indifferent to the victim receiving justice and if the charges are baseless, Goodell is guilty of a grotesque abuse of power by deciding which matters should be investigated in a timely fashion and which should not.

    The New England Patriots were accused of deliberately under-inflating footballs used in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18, 2015. The league announced on May 11, 2015, that it would suspend Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games of the 2015 regular season for his alleged part in the scandal.

    THAT investigation and the penalty it occurred on the Patriots took five months for the investigation, review of the evidence, and Goodell to wield his power and suspend Brady.

    It’s now almost a year, a woman had stated she was brutalized by Elliot, and Goodell is taking a brazingly cavalier attitude about, not an act of cheating, but a criminal act.

    Despicable. Absolutely despicable and this lackey for the owner’s pocketed $45,000,000 last year
    for one reason only: he makes money for the owners. In corporate America, if he presided over a company that had to deal with the Ray Rice affair and the way he completely, incompetently bungled it, he would have been escorted out the door by security guards carrying a box of his personal belongings.

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