The NFL and its players association exchanged pointed statements Wednesday in regards to Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic violence case.
The league first released a statement accusing the NFLPA of shaming Elliott's accuser by "spreading derogatory information to the media" about her.
Brian McCarthy with the NFL's public relations office posted the statement to Twitter.
“Over the past few days we’ve received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media about the victim in the Ezekiel Elliott discipline case.
“It’s a common tactic to attempt to prove the innocence of the accused by discrediting the victim -- in this case Ms. Thompson -- when coming forward to report such abuse. Common or not, these tactics are shameful. Efforts to shame and blame victims are often what prevent people from coming forward to report violence and/or seek help in the first place.”
New NFL statement pic.twitter.com/KJ64RDHVB2— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) August 16, 2017
The statement got a harsh and swift response from the NFLPA, which blatantly called it "a lie."
"The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in this statement," their statement read. "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 in dealing with such serious issues. They should be ashamed of stooping to new lows."
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
Elliott has officially appealed a six-game suspension handed down last week, which followed a 13-month investigation into domestic violence allegations made against Elliott by his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.
Elliott’s appeal is expected to take aim at Thompson’s credibility, focusing on threats she allegedly made to “ruin” Elliott’s career and on misleading testimony she provided to the NFL.
NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Elliott had actually filed a harassment complaint against Thompson in September of 2016, less than two months after she accused him of a string of domestic violence incidents last summer.
Elliott’s appeal hearing is expected to be held Aug. 29. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can appoint someone to hear the case or hear it himself. He did not attend any of the meetings with Elliott or Thompson during the league's investigation, according to Pro Football Talk.