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The NFL Shouldn't Be in the Business of Investigating Players

“The NFL shouldn’t be in the business of investigating players.”

After the NFL dropped an atomic bomb on the national media Friday, revealing that Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott was being suspended six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, Clay Travis wonders how we’ve even got to this point, where we’re glued to our televisions, phones, and computers for weeks and months whenever a high profile player is linked to any trace of criminal delinquency.

“The NFL has now connected itself to poor behavior such that as soon as an athlete gets in trouble in the NFL for something, the first thought is not ‘Oh my god, what is the criminal justice system going to do?’ it’s ‘What’s Roger Goodell going to do?’"

And for a league that can’t even properly outline what their definition of a catch is, how do we expect an organization specializing in football to meticulously carry out intricate criminal investigations?

“It’s an atrocious precedent that the NFL has set," Travis said of the Elliott investigation that began in 2016. “For better or worse, they are in the business of conducting investigations now. Ezekiel Elliott is not going to be charged with any crimes, but Roger Goodell’s going to bring down the long arm of NFL justice."

The NFL Shouldn't Be in the Business of Investigating Players