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NFL, NFLPA Begin Fight Over Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

Aug 16, 2017 6:40 PM

The NFL and NFLPA released competing statements on Wednesday in regards to the Ezekiel Elliott situation.

Shortly after news broke that commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday appointed Harold Henderson to be the arbiter for Elliott's appeal hearing on Aug. 29, the NFL accused the players union of leaking text messages sent by Elliott's ex-girlfriend in an effort to discredit her claims of domestic abuse.

The NFL's statement followed reports by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Yahoo! Sports that revealed text messages sent by Tiffany Thompson, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, that were included in the NFL's 160-page report of the findings of its investigation into Elliott's alleged domestic abuse.

"Over the past few days we've received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media about the victim in [the] Ezekiel Elliott discipline case. It's a common tactic to attempt to prove the innocence of the accused by discrediting the victim -- in this case Ms. Thompson -- when coming forward to report such abuse," Joe Lockhart, the NFL's executive vice president of communications, said in a statement.

"Common or not, these tactics are shameful. Efforts to shame and blame victims are often what prevent people from coming forward to report violence and/or seek help in the first place."

The NFLPA responded with a statement calling the league's allegations that the union was spreading information about the case a "lie."

"The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in this statement. We know the League office has a history of being exposed for its lack of credibility. This is another example of the NFL's hypocrisy on display and an attempt to create a sideshow to distract from their own failings in dealing with such serious issues. They should be ashamed for stooping to new lows," it said.

Elliott will argue, according to the documents, that Thompson made multiple threats to "ruin his career." 

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Ezekiel Elliott To File Appeal Of Six-Game Suspension

Aug 14, 2017 9:56 PM

Ezekiel Elliott will file the appeal of his six-game suspension on Tuesday or Wednesday.

A portion of his argument, according to those familiar with it, revolves around the credibility of his alleged victim. Elliott will attempt to show that the NFL's suspension did not accurately weigh that factor.

Elliott actually filed an official incident report alleging harassment with Frisco (Texas) Police on Sept. 5, 2016 against Tiffany Thompson, identified by the league as his alleged victim.

The report details that police were dispatched to Elliott's house because he received "50-plus" phone calls from his ex-girlfriend between 2:39 a.m. and 10 a.m. She called from a blocked number and Elliott answered several times, he told police, informing Thompson she was not supposed to be calling him, per the report.

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Ezekiel Elliott Suspended Six Games By NFL

Aug 11, 2017 2:56 PM

Ezekiel Elliott has received a six-game suspension from the NFL for violating their personal conduct policy.

The NFL's investigation began over a year ago in which he was accused of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio.

Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension.

Without an appeal, Elliott's suspension would begin Sept. 2. He would be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 23, the day after the Cowboys' Week 7 game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Legal authorities concluded that they could not prove Elliott's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Several witnesses, according to sources close to the case, had heard the woman yell at Elliott that she would "ruin his career" when she was unhappy that they would not continue their relationship.

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Suspension Expected For Ezekiel Elliott

Aug 11, 2017 9:44 AM

A suspension may be handed down as soon as Friday for Ezekiel Elliott, who many around the NFL expect to receive punishment under the Personal Conduct Policy.

One league source characterized an Elliott suspension as "definite."

Elliott is accused of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016.

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NFL Could Rule On Ezekiel Elliott Case By Friday

Aug 10, 2017 7:42 PM

The NFL could rule on its investigation into Ezekiel Elliott as early as Friday.

For more than a year the league has been probing into multiple incidents involving Elliott, including a domestic violence accusation made against him by a woman identifying herself as his former girlfriend to authorities.

The NFL launched its investigation after a woman claiming to be Elliott's ex-girlfriend accused him of assault in a report filed with Columbus, Ohio, police in July 2016.

There were reportedly five separate incidents in July of 2016. Elliott was never arrested and prosecutors declined to charge Elliott.

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Cowboys Sign Ronnie Hillman

Jul 27, 2017 9:47 AM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to sign Ronnie Hillman.

The Cowboys need depth at running back with a potential suspension coming for Ezekiel Elliott.

Hillman split time last season between the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Chargers.

Hillman rushed 207 times for 863 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015.

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Dak Prescott Doesn't Want Any Playbook Limitations

Jul 27, 2017 9:04 AM

After one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history, Dak Prescott is ready for the Dallas Cowboys to remove any offensive limitations.

"I don't want any limitations. I want it all," Prescott said. "I want them to give me everything, give me the whole offense, ask me to do more, challenge me. I think I do better when they challenge [me], they expect more [of me]. From reads to more, I guess you could say complicated plays or reads or whatever it is, I want them to throw it all at me."

Prescott entered training camp last year as No. 3 on the Cowboys' depth chart, but jumped up due to injuries.

"I think the pressure I put on myself and the expectations I have for myself are higher than what anybody else can put on me. I don't really sense pressure from my coaches, my teammates, the organization or fans. I put a lot on myself. So I just worry about that. I worry about what I can control, what I can get better at to help this team and organization," he added.

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La'el Collins Signs Two-Year, $15.4M Extension With Cowboys

Jul 25, 2017 3:48 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed upon a two-year, $15.4 million extension with La'el Collins.

The extension will run through 2019.

Collins would have been a restricted free agent after this season.

Collins' average of $7.7 million is second highest in the NFL amongst right tackles.

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Lucky Whitehead Was Victim Of Mistaken Identity

Jul 25, 2017 12:38 PM

Prince William County (Virginia) Police Department has announced they mistakenly charged Lucky Whitehead with shoplifting on June 22nd.

Whitehead and his agent, David Rich, said Monday that this was a case of mistaken identity. Rich cited flight records to prove that Whitehead wasn't in Virginia at the time of the incident.

The Dallas Cowboys released Whitehead on Monday following the erroneous report.

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Lucky Whitehead Charged, Skips Arraignment

Jul 24, 2017 3:58 PM

Lucky Whitehead had a warant out for his arrest after a shoplifting arrest June 22 in Virginia and his failure to appear in court July 6.

Whitehead, 25, was arrested in Prince William County, Virginia, on June 22 for shoplifting/petit larceny under $200.

Whitehead is the third Dallas Cowboys player to be arrested since the end of last season. 

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Jerry Jones: No Domestic Violence Evidence Against Ezekiel Elliott
Jerry Jones has come out in defense of Ezekiel Elliott as the running back awaits possible discipline for an alleged domestic violence incident last July in Columbus, Ohio.

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