On Friday morning Adam Schefter reported that Dallas Cowboys’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, could still face a suspension in the upcoming season.
On this month, last year, Deadspin revealed Instagram photos from the account of a woman reportedly as Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, showing bruises on her knee, arms and neck area. The photos were captioned with an allegation that she was abused, and had been abused for months by her former boyfriend, Elliott.
A few months later, in September, the City Attorney’s office in Columbus declared in a press release that no charges would be pressed against Elliott. The press release read:
“On Friday, July 22 2016, [complainant’s name redacted] in conviction with a previously publicized Columbus Police report, filed an intake complaint with the City Attorneys office, Prosecutor Division. Her complaint included allegations of Domestic Violence by her boyfriend, Ezekiel Elliott, on 5 separate occasions….
[Complainant’s name redacted] completed the required paperwork and Intake staff conducted an interview where specific details about each allegation were gathered. Witness statements, police reports, and medical records were acquired. Photographs of text messages and visible injuries were taken. Upon completion of the initial investigative phase, the complaint was evaluated by a prosecutor. The evaluation called for follow up with several witnesses and a closer examination of all the evidence presented.
A final evaluation of the complaint for potential charges involved an assessment of the credibility of all identified witnesses based on the accuracy and thoroughness of their statements both standing alone and in comparison to one other. Moreover, there was a careful examination of all injuries and an attempt to determine the source of their cause. Finally, the potential motive, if any, of all parties was examined.
After reviewing the totality of the evidence, the City Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor Division is declining to approve criminal charges in this matter for any of the 5 alleged incidents. This is primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges”.
So, there you have it. No charges were pressed against Elliott by the City of Columbus’ Attorney Office. This isn’t a table-pounding for Elliott’s innocence or a removal from all wrongdoing on his behalf. Because in the end, only two people know what fully and actually happened during that multi-month span, but the NFL has been accused of “witch hunts” by fans and media outlets alike after the mishandling of domestic violence incidents from former players like Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Josh Brown.
Most recently, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill, Seattle Seahawks’ Frank Clark and Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Mixon were involved in domestic violence incidents a year before they entered the league. Whether it’s another “witch hunt” or not, the Cowboys as well as the rest of the NFL community awaits a decision from the league regarding Elliott.