Documents related to the NFL’s investigation into allegations that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott committed domestic violence reveal some sort of deal between the league and the National District Attorneys Association regarding the sharing of information.
Emails obtained by Deadspin’s Diana Moskovitz and Lauren Theisen appear to show an NFL investigator citing a “Memorandum of Understanding” between the NFL and NADA “to aid the League with respect to our investigative efforts regarding allegations of violations of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy” as a means of pressuring a prosecutor to share information related to Elliott’s alleged victim.
The NADA is a non-profit organization whose members share what are essentially best practices for common issues. It is not likely any agreement between the NADA and NFL to share information is binding.
The NFL reserves the right to perform its own investigations into player conduct independent of the legal system, and is often criticized for the seemingly arbitrary manner in which it conducts these investigations and doles out discipline.
Elliott has not been charged with a crime, but reportedly could still face discipline from the NFL in the near future.
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