The NFL has been criticized repeatedly in recent years for how it has handled domestic violence committed by its players. It went on the offensive for an accuser Wednesday, blasting the NFLPA for its involvement in the Ezekiel Elliott case.
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Less than 90 minutes later, the NFLPA responded with a strongly-worded statement of its own.
The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie, the NFLPA said in a statement. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in the statement. We know the League office has a history of being exposed for its lack of credibility. This is another example of the NFL’s hypocrisy on display and an attempt to create a sideshow to distract from their own failings with such serious issues. They should be ashamed for stooping to new lows.
After the NFL statement was released, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who first reported on the sex tape blackmail, tweeted that his reporting came from the NFL’s report on Wilt Chamberlain Youth jersey the discipline decision.
Elliott will appeal his case to Harold Henderson, who was appointed arbiter by commissioner Roger Goodell, according to ESPN.
The NFL suspended Elliott on Friday after a 13-month investigation following Thompson’s accusations, which included her posting images of her bruised body on Instagram.
TNT, with 16 NBA telecasts to date, said its average is up 25 percent, to 2.1 million viewers. Even NBA TV, with 41 telecasts, is up 25 percent, to 365,000.
The averages, taken collectively, make for the hottest start since the 2010-11 season 锟斤拷 the year LeBron James abandoned the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat.
Central to the NBA’s rise is its success in focusing the league’s many dramas on the game itself 锟斤拷 an area where the NFL has failed miserably, experts say.
NBA stars don’t wear helmets, so fans think they know them better by watching their features and their gestures, said Ben Sturner, president of sports marketer Leverage Agency. This sense of familiarity plays really well with the social media set.
Meanwhile, the NFL is being penalized for a lack of focus, according to Sturner.
Its story lines these days encompass a panoramic sweep of protest rights, brain-damage risks, squabbling owners, media oversaturation, even subpar play.
You don’t get any of that at basketball games, Sturner said. You just get action.