Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott said last week he's not simply fighting to stay on the football field - he's waging the legal battle so he can clear his name.
"When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser,". "And that's just not me, that's not how I want to be seen, not how I want to represent my family. It's just important for me to fight."
Cowboys Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin disagrees, reports the Dallas Morning News.
"We keep talking about is he fighting for his name, fighting for his innocence," Irving said Monday in his weekly interview with 105.3 The Fan. "His innocence has already been proven by the police."
"He's not fighting for guilt or innocence," Irvin continued. "He's fighting the league in the implementation of their domestic violence policy. So when people tell me he's fighting for his name and guilt or innocence, he's already innocent and you haven't given it to him. So you're never giving it to him! Shut up and get out of my face with that.
"The reality of this situation that this young man is in is...he's already been proven innocent or whatever you want to call it by the police. He's not fighting for that."
The NFL suspended Elliott six games on Aug. 11 for violating its personal-conduct policy, after a yearlong investigation determined he used physical force against then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. Elliott has denied the findings. The Columbus city attorney's office cited conflicting evidence when choosing not to press charges.
Elliott's next hearing comes on October 30.