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Ezekiel Elliott’s attorney speculates on NFL’s motivation for legal battle

As the Ezekiel Elliott suspension case continues to weave its way through the legal system, the attorney for the Dallas Cowboys running back stated his belief the NFL is using his client as an example.

In short, the six-game suspension — and the protracted legal maneuvers that continue — is being used to demonstrate the NFL’s diligent commitment to better addressing domestic violence issues in the league.

Thomas Melsheimer, Elliott’s attorney, recently appeared on KTCK 96.7 FM/1310AM The Ticket and discussed the ongoing legal process involving the second-year Cowboys running back.

Lewis asked Melsheimer during the interview if the NFL is using the Elliott case as a “CYA moment” in light of its previous failings in cases involving Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, among others.

“I think it’s very reasonable to make that assumption,” Melsheimer responded, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “Obviously the league had a black eye with some of these previous incidents. They were accused of being too soft on this, or showing favoritism, or ignoring issues.

“Look, as a society we’ve ignored domestic violence issues. We haven’t put those at the kind of priority that they deserve to have.

“Certainly I think the NFL’s motivation was in some sense was laudatory to try to make sure they’re taking a tough stand on domestic violence. On the other hand, you have to do it the right way or, frankly, you set everything back.”

Melsheimer also addressed what appears to be a meandering appeals process and where the case goes from here. Melsheimer suggested the NFL could conceivably take the case all the way to the Supreme Court should it fail in front of the 5th Circuit Court to get Elliott’s suspension reinstated. He declined to say how far the Elliott legal team would take the case should it lose at this step.

That said, Melsheimer believes regardless of things play out in the courts in the near future, he would put “ultimate resolution of this pretty far down the road.”

In other words, it’s a distinct possibility the Elliott case will proceed similar to Tom Brady’s protracted legal battle.