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SB Nation Cowboys Blog Deletes Bad Post About Ezekiel Elliott [Update]

SB Nation Cowboys Blog Deletes Bad Post About Ezekiel Elliott [Update]
From Deadspin - July 17, 2017

Yesterday morning, SB Nations Cowboys blog, Blogging The Boys, published an article about the NFLs ongoing investigation into domestic violence allegations against Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott. The post was a reaction to reports that the league may be getting ready to hand Elliott a one- or two-game suspension despite the charges against him having been dropped. Some time this morning, that post was deleted. The cached version can be viewed here.

Though its certainly valid to criticize the NFLs continued insistence on acting as an extra-judicial arm and doling out suspensions despite its inability to navigate the complexities of of each case, the post on Blogging The Boys went far afield of that criticism:

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). What if instead of bragging about the night with Edelman, she had made a DV-type accusation?

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