For the second consecutive year the Dallas Cowboys will open training camp addressing questions concerning domestic violence from one if its players.
Unlike the case involving defensive end Greg Hardy, this new case with a Cowboys football player is considerably less clear. In fact, it is instances involving rookie first round pick Ezekiel Elliott that cloud the entire issue for everybody.
Per TMZ, “The female accuser filed a report with the Columbus PD in Ohio Friday morning ... saying she was assaulted by Elliott -- who she claims is her former live-in boyfriend -- while sitting in the driver's seat of her parked vehicle. The officers who responded to the scene say the woman claims she had pain in her wrist and a red mark -- but declined medical treatment.”
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Elliott has denied any wrong doing, or that he lives with the young woman. Elliott was not arrested, and the witnesses involved said they did not see any assault.
The woman, Tiffany Thompson, posted a collage of four photographs on Instagram of bruises on her arm forearm, neck and knee. She made her account private not long after posting the photos, which can be seen here.
It is not known, but certainly implied, the bruising came from Elliott.
She wrote on her IG post:“Just for every women (sic) out there getting abused it’s time to put a stop to it. This has been happening to me for months and it finally got out of control to where I was picked up and thrown across the room by my arms. Thrown into walls. Being choked to where I have to gasp for breath. Bruised everywhere, mentally and physically abused. It’s not okay. So I want each and every one of you girls to step away now from domestic violence. You’re worth so much more. I got told it was called ‘Tough love” I’m sorry if love someone you don’t touch your loved ones.”
The woman has not pressed charges, but this is another high profile Cowboy now linked to a domestic violence charge. Former Cowboys defensive back C.J. Spillman was convicted of rape earlier this summer.
The Zeke example is not another Greg Hardy situation, whose case in North Carolina involved a conviction from a judge and a series of horrible photographs and an extensive police report (BTW - After the Cowboys chose not to re-sign Hardy, the Jacksonville Jaguars are giving him a look right before the start of training camp.)
The Zeke example contains all of the elements of doubt and motivation that cloud the real instances of domestic violence. These are the potential cases that the NFLPA, and so many others, throw out as examples of young women looking to damage the reputation of a player.
Was she upset about the state of their relationship and, in a moment of emotion, her desire was to punish him? If he left this many marks and choked her to the point of gasping for air, why would she not press charges?
Maybe she was indeed hurt repeatedly by Zeke, which if that is the case the man needs to be charged. But something does not add up or make sense.
Either way, Cowboys training camp is about to start and they again will have to address a domestic violence case involving one of their players.