The domestic violence incident involving Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Jarvis Landry might cause the NFL more headaches and add a new twist to the Ezekiel Elliot case, thanks to newly released surveillance footage.
Late Thursday morning, TMZ posted newly acquired surveillance footage from Florida law enforcement officials. In the video, the talented playmaker is seen pushing Estrella Cerqueira, the mother of his child, while their 4-month-old is in the back seat of their Lexus.
Last spring Cerqueira reported the encounter to Fort Lauderdale police, but prosecutors deemed that there was not evidence to file chargers.
In an August memorandum filed by assistant state attorney Stefanie Newman of the Broward State Attorney's Office, Newman stated: “The victim maintains that the defendant did not intend to touch her (or) strike her, but accidentally did so.”
The NFL league office conducted its own investigation and also concluded that there was not enough evidence to discipline the Dolphins’ pass catcher. On Oct. 24, the league officially closed the matter, a source told Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Landry has played in all nine Dolphins’ games this season, and has caught 61 passes for 472 yards and and five touchdowns.
Of course, due to the league’s personal conduct policy, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to punish players even if they have not been charged with a crime.
In multiple instances, the policy has led to legal battles between certain players and the league office. And in the case of the Ezekiel Elliot, it’s even pitted Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones against some of his fellow owners and commissioner Roger Goodell. In the last month, the situation so badly that both sides have threatened legal action.
Now, Jones, his star running back and fans of the team will likely be interested in how the NFL responds to this video.