The Dallas Cowboys in general, and Ezekiel Elliott in specific, are digging their own grave. Elliot was just suspended for six – count ‘em – SIX games. That’s over a third of the season. Sheesh. That’s like a 60-year-old missing twenty years of life. It’s like not living for the first four months of the year. It’s like not showing up for work on a 9-5 job until well after 11 every day. That’s a formula for losing, and losing at the game of life is not something that any of us should want to do.
So is this suspension a big deal? I’ll say.
What’s a Super Bowl favorite to do without the heart and soul of their team? Lose. And lose they will. The Cowboys are implicated as much as Elliott in this me because they defended him and covered for him and basically acted like the investigation was no big deal. Wrong answer.
When you dig your own grave you’re way behind before you even start and you’re just about out before you even get to the plate. You don’t want to give your enemies and adversaries and opponents and rivals a head start in a short race, and that’s exactly what Ezekiel Elliott did to his team and his teammates by making bad decisions. Now, the Eagles, Giants, and yes, even the lowly Redskins have more of a chance at winning the NFC East without Elliott in the lineup for a third of the season.
Oh well. People make their own choices, and sometimes people in general, and athletes in specific, dig their own grave through addictions to drugs or drinking or sexual activities or senseless behavior. “Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continuation of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities and concerns, such as work, relationships, or health. People who have developed an addiction may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.” https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/addiction
And that’s the bottom line. Does Ezekiel Elliot realize how he has affected his life, much less his team? The problem, or problems, Ezekiel Elliot has caused for himself are bad enough, but the injuries to his former girlfriend and the suspension from the team hurts people way beyond his personal space. Maybe the suspension, if it is upheld, will give Zeke time to think and reflect and get help and mend his ways.
They say that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And in Zeke’s life, there’s a smoldering bonfire ready to explode if he doesn’t put it out.