Ezekiel Elliott suspension would set up every single NFL player for blackmail – Blogging The Boys (blog)

Various sources claim that Ezekiel Elliott could face a one- or two-game suspension at the hands of the NFL after being accused of domestic violence. Despite investigating Elliott for almost a year, the league has denied that any decision on discipline has been made.

What makes the situation so tricky for the NFL is that there doesn’t appear to be any type of evidence beyond the statement of the victim of the alleged domestic violence incident.

The Columbus police, who were called to the alleged incident, did not arrest Elliott, and the city attorney’s office later declined to bring charges, citing conflicting and inconsistent evidence.

As is often the case in these types of he-said, she-said cases, it’s impossible to determine with any type of certainty what actually happened. Yet the NFL appears to be ready to hand down a suspension for something it can’t prove – and which Elliott can’t disprove.

Which means that suspending Elliott based solely on an unprovable accusation sets a dangerous precedent that would set up every single NFL player as a blackmail target.

Even if the league suspends Elliott without pay for just one game, it effectively sets the market price for an unprovable accusation: at least one NFL game check.

A look at sites like Spotrac.com or OverTheCap.com would quickly give potential blackmailers the precise amount of money (NFL players are paid in 17 game checks over the course of a season) a player would be set to lose to an unprovable accusation.

You may think the threat of blackmail is far-fetched, but it is not.

In 2015, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman found himself photographed in a rather compromising position when a woman, identified only as Sabrina, posted a selfie on Tinder in bed with a sleeping Edelman (Deadspin has a screengrab).

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