Ezekiel Elliott is ready to fight the NFL.
The Cowboys beleaguered running back is preparing to appeal his six-game suspension, starting with a hearing with commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday. Elliott received the suspension stemming from domestic-violence allegations levied by former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, who apparently threatened to “ruin his career,” according to documents obtained by the Dallas Star-Telegram.
Among the exchanges between the two that Elliott is going to use as a defense is a conversation on July 22, 2016, in which Elliott was “100 percent sure” that Thompson told him, “You are a black male athlete. I’m a white girl. They are not going to believe you.”
The NFL conducted an extensive investigation over the past year into the incident, in which Elliott was not charged. The suspension came down Friday, the league saying it had photo and digital evidence supporting a finding “that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.”
According to Elliott, the problems began when he told Thompson he didn’t want her around anymore, and this was how she planned her revenge. According to the Star-Telegram, after being told she couldn’t come to Elliott’s 21st birthday party on the night of July 21, Elliott says Thompson said, “That’s the worst decision you made in your life. I’m going to ruin your life now.”
According to Elliott, after Thompson was not allowed into the party, she was heard yelling and screaming that “your career is over,” and then proceeded to call the police on the early morning of July 22. In the call, Thompson said Elliott assaulted her in a parked car.
Elliott also has text messages that say Thompson asked a friend, Ayrin Mason, to lie about that altercation.
Elliott is backed by his father, Stacy, who tweeted his support on Monday morning.
The NFL actually agreed with Elliott that it couldn’t prove any physical altercation took place on the night of July 21. But the suspension was based on finding enough evidence to prove violence on three separate occasions earlier that week, with Thompson suffering injuries to her face, neck, arms, knees and hips — images of bruises she posted then deleted last year. Elliott denies that any domestic violence took place.
He has not talked to the media since the start of Cowboys’ training camp, including after their first preseason game against the Rams on Saturday in Los Angeles.
My son’s legal team is ready to fight! Let’s deal!!! You will know the set up and PLOT! pic.twitter.com/GSt7QTJehs
— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 14, 2017
SOURCE: New York Post – Brett Cyrgalis