Jerry Jones Speaks With NFL Investigators as Ezekiel Elliott Could Face Lengthy Ban From The League
Coming off a huge win against their hated rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, on Sunday Night, this is not the type of news any Cowboys fan wants to hear.
Sitting atop the NFC East at 6-1, the Dallas Cowboys’ season could be in jeopardy as reports state that dynamic running back Ezekiel Elliott could be facing a lengthy ban from the league if investigators find that he has violated the league’s domestic abuse policy, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Back in September, Elliott was vindicated of all charges involving an ex-girlfriend, who claimed she was beaten by the rookie RB. Evidence and witnesses have stated otherwise, but that hasn’t stopped the league from investigating the situation.
“Multiple sources said that during the recent league meetings in Houston, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raised the topic of the probe with Lisa Friel, a former New York prosecutor who spearheads the NFL’s domestic violence investigations as a special counsel for the league. According to these sources, the interaction between Jones and Friel occurred with other league and team executives within earshot, and Friel did not respond to Jones during the interaction.
USA Today first reported earlier this week that NFL investigators recently interviewed Elliott as part of the investigation. The NFL does not comment on the potential status of any violations of the personal conduct policy that may be under review, and declined to comment for this report.
No charges were brought against Elliott on any of the five complaints after the prosecutor’s office determined “conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges.”
However, the NFL has made it clear in its domestic violence policy that suspensions can still be warranted even in instances where no charges are brought, and sources said the league is continuing to gather information. The NFL’s baseline policy calls for six games for the first instance of abuse; Giantskicker Josh Brown was recently given a one-game suspension due to “mitigating circumstances,” but is now under investigation by the NFL again following evidence that pointed to potential other instances of abuse.”
Just when you thought it was over…