SB Nation Cowboys Blog Deletes Controversial Post About Ezekiel Elliott Domestic Violence Investigation (Pic)
On Sunday morning the SB Nation Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, published a post about the NFL’s ongoing investigation into the Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence allegations. In said post, the author argued that suspending Elliott even though charges against him have been dropped will open the flood gates for NFL players to be blackmailed.
On Monday morning, less than 24 hours after the post was published, it was deleted.
Here’s an excerpt from a cached version of the post, which, thanks to Google, you can still view in its entirety:
“[S]uspending Elliott based solely on an unprovable accusation sets a dangerous precedent that would set up every single NFL player as a blackmail target.
Even if the league suspends Elliott without pay for just one game, it effectively sets the market price for an unprovable accusation: at least one NFL game check.
A look at sites like Spotrac.com or OverTheCap.com would quickly give potential blackmailers the precise amount of money (NFL players are paid in 17 game checks over the course of a season) a player would be set to lose to an unprovable accusation.”
Of course, it is perfectly reasonable to question whether the NFL should suspend players in situations like this. However, saying that such a policy would increase the likelihood of players being blackmailed is completely unfounded. The situation Ezekiel Elliott is in—and has been in for over a year—is incredible rare. That’s probably why, instead of citing instances where players have been blackmailed by false accusations of sexual or domestic violence, the author only cites cases where, hypothetically, players could have been blackmailed.
In the end the post was deleted and replaced with this statement from the editor:
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]