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Jason Witten is aware of the have an effect on of home violence all too nicely.
The Dallas Cowboys tight finish’s household was impacted by it when he was rising up and he presently runs a basis in hopes of stopping it. Witten now finds himself making an attempt to stability supporting Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six video games Friday for alleged home violence, and persevering with his robust stance towards the act.
“Look, there isn’t any place for a person to place his hand on a lady, and most of you guys know that it is a state of affairs that is affected my household as a child, and I put numerous work and a spotlight and have a platform to step out and converse on stopping home violence,” Witten stated Saturday, in line with Todd Archer of ESPN. “Having stated that, Zeke is constant to work by way of it, and he is talked about that. The sport and all that stuff, that is not what you cope with. He is our teammate, and we’ll proceed to work by means of it with him and have this chance to develop from it, and I feel that is what his focus is now.”
Elliott was by no means charged, however the NFL deemed Elliott violated the private conduct coverage after a thirteen-month investigation that included photographic proof and a panel of specialists.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett weighed in on the matter, although he would not touch upon whether or not the ban was justified.
“We talked to our staff concerning the state of affairs and the significance of specializing in what we will management. We will not management what the NFL does,” Garrett stated. “It isn’t my place to touch upon whether or not I feel it is justified.”
The state of affairs has put Witten in a troublesome spot, however he stays targeted on being a pacesetter within the locker room.
“There’s numerous issues there that I simply do not know,” Witten stated. “I’ve heard what Mr. Jones has stated, and I’ve checked out him as a mentor for 14 years, and I nonetheless assume lots of issues that simply do not know. There is a current investigation that was dropped, too, in order that’s one thing the place you seize a teammate and also you help him in methods. However that does not imply you come off your commonplace of what you stand for. I am assured in that as a result of, you realize, it has been my life in a variety of methods. I do not take that frivolously.
“Fairly frankly, it is uncomfortable even having the dialog proper now, however you undergo it, and (you are) able to be a pacesetter, and also you proceed to point out the best way and permit guys to develop, and I do know that is been a troublesome yr on him. I feel that his mindset has been such what he is stated, what he is already launched, I feel that that is a reasonably good perspective on what he is making an attempt to do shifting ahead.”