The new NFL season is upon us but the league continues to attract negative headlines, with many players seemingly unable to stay out of the headlines.
Amidst the debate of Colin Kaepernick’s inability to find a new team and the potential use of medical marijuana in the sport, a serious incident has occurred with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and he’s reportedly set to be suspended by the NFL.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Polio cited the source of the news and it follows a report from ESPN stating Elliott could be facing an investigation, with the general consensus now being that the former Ohio State player will be found guilty of violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
Former wide receiver Cris Carter explained the severity of the allegations when speaking to NJ.com recently, where he also pointed out it’s not the first-time that Elliott has be involved in other negative situations.
Dez Bryant on possibly having to start season without Ezekiel Elliott: "He's gonna be there. That's all I'm gonna tell you. I know that."
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“Because based on the information that’s going to come out, it’s going to be fairly easy to determine that something happened to this woman in her four days of being with Zeke. This is just pure assault or domestic violence.”
“In March, Elliott was videotaped pulling a woman’s top down at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. More recently, he allegedly broke a DJ’s nose at a club in Dallas.”
Rather disgustingly, Elliott is accused of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period and it shows that the league needs to come down hard on the 22-year-old, although it could take a while for the situation to be resolved as he could appeal the decision and continue to play whilst the challenge is considered.
For the NFL, it’s just another incident in a long line of domestic violence headaches concerning players and it’s clear more work needs to be done to prevent these incidents from occurring, as too many have suffered by the time a ban comes around.