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August 13, 2017

NFL: Newly Formed Lawfirm?

by Larry Leek
Elliott & Thompson

Pictured: Ezekiel Elliott And Tiffany Thompson.  smartied.com

 

With the decision handed down by the NFL on the Dallas Cowboys RB, Ezekiel Elliott suspending him for the first six regular season games, it appears that the NFL has came up with its own conclusion as to what happened between Elliott and his former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence against her, by Elliott back in July of 2016.

The league examined all available evidence,  taking over a year to do so, they consulted with medical experts, examined photos turned in by miss Thompson, viewed thousands of text messages and in the end basically determined what the judicial system could not and thats that Elliott is guilty.

Below is a list of the so called external expert advisory panel the league hired for their independent investigation:

PETER HARVEY, Esq., former Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.

KEN HOUSTON, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who played in 14 seasons in the NFL.

TONYA LOVELACE, MA, Chief Executive Officer of The Women of Color Network, Inc.

MARY JO WHITE, Esq., former United States attorney

Some experts right?

The NFL is hiding behind their rule of conduct detrimental to the league as their reason for suspending Elliott but in their report they determined that they had enough evidence to basically rule that Ezekiel was guilty of domestic violence. With that decision the NFL has opened the door to possible litigation against the league, should Elliott decide to get the courts involved. In other words this Sports Mind feels that he does have grounds for a lawsuit against the league should he decide to pursue.

“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘hand picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other VERY 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.”

Below is the letter that the league sent Ezekiel after determining its decision.

Letter To Ezekiel Elliott From NFL

The letter is quite lengthy so here is a link to the full pdf.

https://usatcowboyswire.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/ezekiel-elliott-discipline-letter_8-11-17.pdf

Elliott must appeal this decision within three days. If he does not appeal, Elliott’s suspension will begin September 2nd, the day of final roster reductions for NFL teams. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. Elliott will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, October 23rd following the Cowboys’ Sunday, October 22nd game against the San Francisco 49ers.

This is Whats On My Sports Mind about this subject:

I do NOT agree with the league’s decision to suspend Elliott for six games. Even if it had only been one game, this Sports Mind feels that the league is NOT above the law and in cases like this the league needs to HONOR the judicial court’s decision and let it go at that.

Now as far as other incidents Elliott was recently involved in, such as the video of him entering a Marijuana dispensary or pulling up a woman’s shirt exposing her breasts at a St. Patrick’s Day Party, maybe those may be worthy of conduct detrimental to the league but certainly not to the tune of a six game suspension.

The bottom line here is that the league CANNOT determine that Elliott is guilty of domestic violence when the courts found him innocent by dropping all charges.

The NFL in this case now stands for Newly Formed Lawfirm in this Ole Sports Minds opinion.  They used pictures that Miss Thompson volunteered showing bruises and cuts which are dated around the time of the allegations, BUT there were no witnesses to verify such claims and even though the evidence might actually have been from Thompson’s claims it does not constitute Elliotts guilt “BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT” which is what a judge or jury must determine in a court of law BEFORE a guilty verdict SHOULD be handed down.

Just as an example, years ago My Sports Mind personally witnessed an argument between two of my own friends (a boyfriend and girlfriend) which never became physical at least between the two of them, but the argument did get rather heated and the girl suddenly became violent against her own person, ripping at her blouse scratching the skin around the areas where she ripped and then began punching herself in the face, all to my shock and disbelief.

Then she grabbed her cell phone and called 911.

When the law arrived she told them he had done the damage and when I tried to explain the truth to the officer, he assumed I was only a friend to the male involved, when in fact I was a friend to both of them and he basically told me to shut up. In the end took the male to jail on domestic violence charges where he was ultimately convicted in a court of law.

I am not saying this was the case between Elliott and Thompson BUT when the courts have caught Miss Thompson lying about the facts and in the end dropped ALL charges against Elliott, how do we, the law OR the NFL really know what happened? Bottom line we don’t….

So Whats On Your Sports Mind about this subject?

 

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