Breaking Down Ezekiel Elliott's Ongoing Problem With the NFL
Offit Kurman Attorney Neil Morris Quoted in Dallas Observer
By: Stephen Young, Dallas Observer
As the Cowboys marched through the first half of their schedule to the tune of 7-1, they've been shrouded by a couple of black clouds. One, what to do with budding rookie star quarterback Dak Prescott when Tony Romo is ready to play following his preseason back injury, is competition based and more than a little fun to argue about. The other, the ongoing NFL investigation into a couple of alleged incidents of domestic violence by Prescott's fellow precocious star, running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott no longer faces legal trouble in either of the incidents. In both cases, one in Florida and one in Ohio, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, accused him of either grabbing or shoving her. In Florida in February, cops didn't arrest Elliott because Thompson hadn't suffered any visible injuries and there were no independent witnesses.
Morris says there's a reason law enforcement hasn't pressed charges against Elliott — there just isn't a case. Conflicting witness statements, Thompson asking witness to lie and the lack of physical evidence make for a case that any competent lawyer could tear apart, Neil A. Morris, the head of the labor division at Offit Kurman, a Philadelphia law firm, says. That makes it hard for the league to prove Elliott did anything prohibited by the policy.
"The problem for Elliott is that, unfortunately, after what happened in the [Josh] Brown case with Giants, where the NFL had to backtrack and issue a severe punishment, the timing is bad," Morris says. "When someone makes an abuse allegation, the person being accused has rights, too, and in this particular case it seems like it's his rights that are being violated." – Stephen Young, Dallas Observer (Click here to read the full article)
ABOUT NEIL A. MORRIS
Neil Morris is the Chair of the Labor & Employment practice group in the Philadelphia regional office. He has passionately represented employers for the last 30 years. He specializes in the areas of labor and employment, municipal labor law, employment discrimination, defamation and business litigation. He has also served as Labor Counsel for every size business and institution on a local, regional, and national scale. He has represented more than 35 Pennsylvania Townships and Boroughs and the County of Bucks. He is often brought in to handle “crisis” situations involving employees and/or management.
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