The NFL released a statement Wednesday condemning victim-blaming after a new report emerged relating to Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic violence case.
“It’s a common tactic to attempt to prove the innocence of the accused by discrediting the victim — in this case Ms. [Tiffany] Thompson — when coming forward to report such abuse. Common or not, these tactics are shameful,” NFL executive vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said in a statement.
New NFL statement pic.twitter.com/KJ64RDHVB2
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 16, 2017
The statement came hours after Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported that the NFL had acquired text messages wherein Thompson reportedly discussed using sex tapes as blackmail in the case with a friend.
Elliott, an Ohio State alum entering his second season with the Dallas Cowboys, received a six-game suspension last week after the NFL determined there was “substantial and persuasive” evidence that he had engaged in “multiple instances of physical violence” with a woman in June 2016.
This is the first time the NFL office has spoken out in this nature against victim-blaming in domestic violence situations. It’s a major turnaround for a league office that often has closed its eyes to players allegedly involved in domestic violence incidents.
The NFPA released a strongly-worded statement in response:
The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in this statement. pic.twitter.com/OFOGQY91Ai
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 16, 2017