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  • #31

    Todd Archer ‏@toddarcher
    After 2018, Travis Frederick's cap number tops $10m just once from 2019-21 and that's $10.235 million in 2020.

    After 2018 when he has a cap figure of $17.545m, Tyron Smith's cap numbers decrease each year from 2019-2021.

    The Cowboys have restructured the contracts of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and All-Pro center Travis Frederick, freeing up roughly $17.3 million, moving them under a proposed salary-cap of $168 million for 2017, according to sources. The total cap will be finalized by March 9 when the league year begins. The Cowboys turned roughly $21 million of the $24 million due Smith and Frederick into signing bonus to create the room. Smith was set to make $10 million in 2017, while Frederick was set to make $14.221 million.


    • #32
      What Ezekiel Elliott did is simply wrong, and his pattern of behavior indicates trouble ahead
      Dallas Morning News
      Ezekiel Elliott's instincts are impeccable on the football field.

      Too bad that doesn't transfer to his decisions away from the game.

      The Cowboys running back thought -- actually, it's a stretch to imply any thinking was involved -- it was fine to pull down a woman's top and expose her breast during a St. Patrick's Day celebration over the weekend. Elliott's actions were captured on video and echo well beyond Lower Greenville, where the episode took place.

      This incident in and of itself may not lead to any repercussions by the club, which has no comment, or the NFL. But it speaks to a pattern of behavior that indicates trouble for the young star may not be far down the road.

      There are domestic abuse allegations prosecutors in Ohio decided not to pursue and an NFL investigation that remains open on the same case. Elliott visited a recreational marijuana shop in Seattle a few hours before a Cowboys preseason game and was at a bar in Columbus, Ohio last month when one of his closest friends was arrested for trying to carry a firearm into the establishment.

      His actions Saturday have generated a fascinating split on social media. Condemnation of what Elliott did is offset by those who brush it off as no big deal, as a momentary lapse of judgment that often occurs in these raucous environments.

      Circumstance and setting are no excuse. Are you suggesting every woman who attends a St. Patrick's Day or Mardi Gras parade opens herself up to this sort of treatment? Are you arguing every man who gets caught up in the moment and exposes the woman standing next to him should be excused for his behavior?

      A subsequent video shows the woman raising her top and flashing the crowd. This is proof to some that what took place with Elliott is acceptable and overblown.

      Sorry, but it doesn't matter if the woman exposed herself to the crowd before or after the incident with Elliott. That was her choice. It doesn't give Elliott permission to do it for her.

      Elliott did nothing wrong when he visited that marijuana shop in Seattle. The drug is legal in Washington and all reports state he didn't purchase anything.

      The optics, as they say, weren't good. That's what hurt him there.

      What Elliott did Saturday was wrong and the optics are worse.

      The NFL deserves criticism for its handling of the initial allegations against the Cowboys running back. As the investigation enters its ninth month, it smacks more of a public relations ploy to show fans how seriously the league takes the issue of domestic abuse than it does an attempt to get to the truth.

      Substituting inaction for a decision gives the league cover if another issue presents itself but isn't fair to Elliott.

      Now, for the sake of discussion, let's say the NFL was prepared to announce later this week that it had concluded its investigation and, like prosecutors in Columbus, found no conclusive evidence that would result in a fine or suspension for Elliott.

      How can the NFL do that now? The narrative would be how the league cleared Elliott of domestic abuse charges days after he groped a woman in public and exposed her breast. His actions give the league license to drag its feet even more.

      Club officials will comment on what happened at some point. Owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett will likely say the Cowboys don't condone this sort of behavior and that Elliott has to be smarter about his choices. Jones and Garrett will say they have spoken to the 21-year-old and he understands his actions were wrong.

      Then everyone will move on and the conversation will quickly turn to how Elliott is a great football player and teammate.

      Elliott is a great football player. Players and coaches respect the talent, work ethic and enthusiasm he brings to the Cowboys. It's also clear in his 11 months with the franchise that he lives close to the flame.

      It's only a matter of time until he gets burned.

      Former NFL players on Ezekiel Elliott incident: Stop with the 'young card,’ teammates need to say ‘slow down bro’

      After Ezekiel Elliott exposed a women's breast during Dallas' St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, reactions varied from considering his behavior the latest drunk shenanigans to an act of sexual assault. For Elliott, the subject of an open NFL investigation into assault allegations, it stirred conversation. Here are some national opinions on the implications of Elliott's actions, whether he should face consequences, and if so, what they should look like:

      Chris Spielman, Fox NFL

      Former Ohio State/Lions linebacker Spielman: "It's not 'He's a young guy.' It's a choice you ultimately make and you understand you represent your family, your team and your teammates. So you choose your behavior. When you choose your behavior, you choose your consequences. It seems to me he keeps walking up to that line.

      "He's not young - he's of the age where he knows right from wrong. So let's stop with the young card. I can't stand it."

      Damien Woody, Super Bowl O-lineman

      Former NFL offensive lineman Pro Bowler Damien Woody: "In football more so than any other sport we're dependent on each other to go out there and make things happen. So if you take a key cog off the field, now you're messing with my play. You're messing with my production. Everybody suffers in that particular situation. So as a teammate, I would want to reach out to Ezekiel Elliott and be like 'Bro, you need to slow down. And understand the pattern that's going on here. If you continue, it's not going to be a good look.'"

      Shaunna Thomas, women's rights activist

      Thomas, co-founder and co-executive director of women's rights group Ultraviolet: "The reality is that what happened in that video was sexual assault - period, full stop. There's not really a lot of room for interpretation here; it's almost definitional. And the evidence for it is he pulled down her shirt, exposed her breast and she slapped him away. She clearly didn't want him to be doing it. She didn't give him permission to do that.

      "Ezekiel Elliott needs to be suspended. They were supposed to be making progress on the disciplinary actions they would be willing to take against players who committed acts of sexual assault. This is a clear act of sexual assault. This is an opportunity for them to prove they're taking the position seriously. Roger Goodell is in a position yet again to demonstrate they do take it seriously."

      Orlando Sentinel

      David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel: "What makes it mind-blowingly stupid is Elliott knows the NFL is investigating domestic violence accusations against him.

      "What's the difference between Gronk and Zeke? Gronkowski has never been accused of criminal wrongdoing. But that's the big strike against Elliott right now ... like when Ben Roethlisberger was accused of sexual assault in 2010. Georgia authorities didn't press charges, but Roger Goodell suspended Roethlisberger and sent him a letter with this warning: 'You are held to a higher standard as an NFL player.'"

      Sports Illustrated

      Albert Breer to Sports Illustrated: "It calls into question decision making. These things don't happen in a vaccum. We don't know what happened with Zeke Elliott in Columbus last summer, but that accusation is out there. This is obviously another incident with a woman. Based on what there is in his past, if you're the Cowboys you have to pull Zeke Elliott in and say, 'You have to be careful.'"

      NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

      Mike Florio: "Elliott is the last NFL player who should be doing something like this, given the still-unresolved (by the league) domestic violence allegations from a year ago. And while St. Patrick's Day parades and similar events (like Mardi Gras) routinely consist of women pulling their own tops down (or up), it's slightly different to say the least when a man does the pulling for them. It's hard to imagine the NFL shrugging and saying 'boys will be boys' in response to Elliott's behavior -- especially in light of its reaction to the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson escapade from halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII.

      Jeanna Thomas for SB Nation: "A rep for Elliott described the incident as 'in good fun.' That is, frankly, a ridiculous statement. The woman pointing to her breasts does not imply that her expected outcome was Elliott grabbing her shirt and exposing them. Based on the video, it's unclear that she consented to what Elliott did. There's nothing about exposing a woman's breasts in public that is consistent with 'good fun' for both parties."

      SportsCenter's Michael Smith and Jemele Hill

      Smith: "Grow up, man. My mom always told me a hard head makes a soft behind. This is not the '90s, this is not boys will be boys. Even if you think that's OK to do, you're Ezekiel Elliott, everyone's watching you. ... I'm not calling him stupid but that's what we used to call stuck on stupid. There's no reason to do that. If y'all are that close and comfortable, get a room. But doing that in public? C'mon man."

      Hill: "Is there an issue with how he treats and engages with women? If this is about perception, watching this video there's a lot to be assumed and perceived about his behavior. Part of this video she's shooing him away and he looks like a creep."

      Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Smallwood

      Smallwood: "At some point, we must acknowledge that stupid deserves whatever stupid gets. Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is starting to show a tendency toward consistent stupidity. Now we'll see whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is also habitually stupid. ...
      "If for no other reason than punishing sheer dumbness, Goodell should lean heavily toward fining and/or suspending Elliott, depending on what is found in both the current investigation and the one that should be launched over the Dallas incident.

      "What Elliott did over the weekend shows a blatant disregard for a policy for which the NFL has received a ton of negative attention. It damages the Shield."

      ESPN's First Take hosts

      Max Kellerman: "If he's exhibiting this kind of poor judgment consistently this early in his career, you wonder what can wind up happening. You need to get that under control if you're the Dallas Cowboys. ... From the Cowboys point of view, this has become urgent."

      Stephen A. Smith: "What that means is the Cowboys should be the ones to punish him instead of the National Football League. Jerry Jones should step up and remind Ezekiel Elliott that even though the league holds dominion over us all... you're still an employee of the Dallas Cowboys, which makes you my domain. I don't condone this behavior, I don't approve of it, I will not tolerate it. ... Pretend you're still America's team and step forward. Find him directly if you're Jerry Jones and have a long talk with him."

      Molly Qerim: "That would actually show a change of culture since they've dealt with these issues before, if they put their foot down and took a stance."

      St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson

      Frederickson: "It's Elliott who has implored the NFL to resolve its lengthy investigation, yet continues to complicate matters every time he winds up in a news cycle that feasts on the screw-ups of celebrities and sports stars.

      "What Elliott seems to be missing - and his biggest weakness might be his only one - is the self-preservation trait every star must have in today's society."
      Frederickson illustrates how such a mentor could've guided Elliott's last year:

      Q: Hey Coach, should I check out this Seattle pot shop before a preseason game?

      A: Pass.

      Q: Hey Coach, should I inject myself into a shoving and shouting match that broke out in my sister's high school basketball game?

      A: Best to sit that one out.

      Q: Hey Coach, should I expose a woman in public while the NFL is still weighing allegations of domestic assault against me?

      A: Are you serious?

      The Undisputed's Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe

      Sharpe: "Wherever this young man is, be it the Cowboys or any of the other 31 teams, the head coach and the general manager will never, ever be able to put their phone on silent as long as he's on their roster.

      "Because there's always the potential, the possibility or probability that you're going to get a phone call. You hope it's nothing serious, but somehow, some way ... trouble, incidents seem to follow this young man around, and we've seen it over and over."

      Bayless: "He's always on the edge of trouble, if not in trouble. You said 'trouble follows him,' - no, he seeks it. Unwittingly, maybe, but he just seeks it, because he constantly puts himself in harm's way. ... The behavior is inexcusable given what's hanging over his head, ongoing. It comes across like he's continuing to dare the devil in every situation he throws himself into."


      • #33
        Jerry Jones wants NFL to relax rules against marijuana use and off-field incidents

        Jerry Jones isn’t one to shy away from controversial topics. During an owners-only session at the NFL’s owners’ meetings in Phoenix last week, he said he’d like the league to reconsider its stance on marijuana use by players, and he wishes the NFL would ease up on its approach to investigating off-field incidents.

        During the owners-only meeting — which is unusual during this event, but not completely unheard of — Jones addressed the group and said that he wants the league to stop disciplining players who test positive for marijuana, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

        Currently, marijuana is a banned substance under the league’s substance abuse policy in the current collective bargaining agreement. The owners can’t just decide to stop punishing players for marijuana use, and neither can the NFL. Any change to this rule would have to be incorporated into the next collective bargaining agreement.

        Three Dallas Cowboys defenders — Rolando McClain, Demarcus Lawrence, and Randy Gregory — faced suspensions for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse last season. Gregory is facing a full year suspension for another violation.

        Jones also said he wants the league to ease up its approach to investigating player misconduct off the field. Now, the league investigates players accused of a crime regardless of whether the player faces charges. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is still under investigation for domestic violence accusations lobbied against him last year, though law enforcement did not move forward with charges.

        A league source indicated to Florio that the NFL is committed “to pursuing investigations that are relevant and meaningful, and that the league office always looks to be efficient when conducting investigations.”

        The other topic of conversation was Roger Goodell’s contract, and Jones urged all the owners in the league to be involved in that renegotiation process. The Compensation Committee handles Goodell’s contract, but apparently some owners think Goodell makes too much money, and Jones encouraged everyone to be a part of the process.

        If the owners want to make changes for the next iteration of the CBA, this is the time to start the process. The current collective bargaining agreement was established in August 2011, and it will expire in 2020.

        Oh course he does...


        • #34

          Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
          Ezekiel Elliott will miss his second straight day of OTAs today after being a passenger in a car accident Sunday, per @toddarcher and me.


          • #35
            SportsCenter @SportsCenter
            Cowboys CB Nolan Carroll was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Monday morning in Dallas.


            • #36
              Report: Uncertainty about Zeke investigation

              Speaking with SiriusXM Fantasy Sports, ESPN's Adam Schefter said he would be "hesitant" to draft Ezekiel Elliott in fantasy leagues because of uncertainty about the NFL's ongoing investigation.

              Schefter is an avid fantasy player as well as the best reporter in the business, so his opinion carries some weight. Schefter said he has spoken to some people who gave him a "sense some form of discipline could happen" and others who do not think anything will come of the investigation. Schefter also added he expected a news dump to come before the July 4th weekend, but the decision may have been pushed back as the NFL deals with "more information" and holds "more meetings." This investigation is seemingly never ending, and the fact the NFL has not cleared Elliott already suggests they are considering some discipline. That concern is not enough to push Zeke out of the first round, but it is worth considering before selecting him in the top five.
              Source: SiriusXM
              Jul 3 - 11:50 AM
              Awfully long investigation for there to be no warranted discipline.


              • #37
                Source: Ezekiel Elliott involved in Sunday altercation at Uptown Dallas bar

                Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a Sunday night altercation at Clutch Bar in Uptown Dallas, a team source confirmed to The Dallas Morning News.
                Source confirms @fishsports report that Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an altercation last night at Clutch bar in Dallas

                — Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 17, 2017
                Some people claiming to be witnesses at the scene said they saw Elliott hit another person.

                Dallas police said they were sent about 9:40 p.m. to Clutch to investigate a disturbance call. A 30-year-old man told police that someone he didn't know assaulted him. The alleged victim was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police haven't made any arrests in the case, and said they don't have anyone named as a suspect. The investigation, they said, was ongoing

                Elliott is already facing a suspension as the NFL continues to investigate whether Elliott violated its personal conduct policy over an Ohio woman's claims that he assaulted her last year. Elliott is not facing criminal charges for assault in that case, but the NFL can suspend a player even without legal charges being filed.

                ESPN reported last week that Elliott could be facing a one- or two-game suspension.

                As details of the Sunday night incident emerge, the NFL could also take them into consideration in its discipline of Elliott.

                Off-the-field issues and questionable decision-making have accompanied Elliott's rise to stardom.

                Elliott came under scrutiny in March for pulling down a woman's top and exposing her breast at the St. Patrick's Day block party in Dallas' Lower Greenville neighborhood.

                He also visited a marijuana dispensary in Seattle before a preseason game there. He was at a bar in Columbus, Ohio in February when one of his closest friends was arrested for trying to carry a firearm into the establishment.

                As the Cowboys wrapped up their offseason program in June, Elliott said he was wising up.

                "Just kind of want to stay out of the way," the running back said. "Whatever you do is going to be seen."

                When Elliott was asked about what he's learned from offseason issues, he said: "It's just life. You learn from your mistakes. If you don't, it can be brutal."

                Elliott is the second Cowboys player this month to be accused of assaulting someone. Linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested on July 4 on allegations he backed his pickup into a woman and flashed a rifle at her brother-in-law at Toyota Stadium, which was hosting a FC Dallas match and a fireworks show that night. Wilson is now charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

                Wilson's attorney has since denied the allegations, saying he "never assaulted anyone nor was there any illegal or unlicensed firearm used to threaten any person in any manner."

                This story will be updated.


                • #38
                  Witness says Zeke Elliott didn't throw punch
                  In a note to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, fellow club-goer and witness, Michael Huffman, said Ezekiel Elliott was not the one who threw the punch and knocked out a man at a Dallas-area bar Sunday night.

                  "It didn't go down like that," said Huffman, who said he had a good view because he was close to Elliott. "Everybody is saying that, but he didn't throw the punch. ... Zeke was just standing there arms folded chilling feeling the crowd. Then I seen DJ getting loud toward the vicinity of Zeke and then I see an overhand right come over the back of Zeke shoulder that landed square in [DJ] DTrain’s face and he went to sleep. He didn't even see it. Then the crowd circled and dispersed. I'm surprised a whole video hasn’t been released yet." Take it for what it's worth. At this point, it's been a he said, she said ordeal. Video evidence is needed. Elliott still continues to put himself at the wrong place at the wrong time and needs to avoid situations like this.
                  Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
                  Jul 17 - 9:46 PM


                  • #39
                    Report: Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser posts on social media one year after accusations

                    Fort Worth Star Telegram
                    Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser issued a statement Saturday in a social media post, saying that “exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever,” the website TMZ Sports reported.

                    She calls her relationship “very toxic.” She did not mention Elliott by name.

                    The woman accused the Dallas Cowboys running back of domestic violence on five separate occasions, from July 17 to July 22, 2016. Elliott has said the woman was not his girlfriend but a “female acquaintance.”

                    The statement posted, according to TMZ, read:
                    “Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever. Loving someone as much as I did, putting my all in no matter what happened. I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship. Ladies never think you’re too in love or too scared to leave because at one point that was me. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for you. Love yourself first. Speak up and stop domestic violence.”
                    In September, the city attorney’s office in Columbus, Ohio, said it had declined to approve criminal charges against Elliott “primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information.”

                    Elliott was never arrested or charged, and he has maintained his innocence.

                    The NFL, which does not need legal charges or a conviction to pursue a possible violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, has kept an investigation open in the year since the accusations.

                    ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that Elliott is “bracing for a short suspension. Maybe one game, maybe two games.”

                    Schefter tweeted Friday that the NFL “will not announce any possible Ezekiel Elliott discipline today, nor this weekend.”

                    An NFL Network report on Friday said the league had completed its investigative phase and had shared its findings with the NFL Players Association and Elliott.

           reported that the same woman called police on Elliott in February 2016 in Florida, alleging she suffered shoulder pain when Elliott pushed her against a wall. That allegation came before the Cowboys drafted Elliott No. 4 overall.


                    • #40

                      Cowboys rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis and his attorney John Shea (left) watch as
                      potential jurors walk in during Lewis' trial on one count of misdemeanor domestic violence
                      allegations in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The former Michigan cornerback is accused from a March
                      incident with his then-girlfriend at the home they shared in Ann Arbor.

                      Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
                      Most team's training camps =

                      Cowboy's training camp = jury trials.


                      • #41
                        Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead was charged with petty larceny in Virginia last month, and missed a July court date.
                        Whitehead is accused of stealing less than $200 worth of goods from a convenience store. He has another hearing on Aug. 10. It's yet another off-the-field headache for the Cowboys, but we know how they handle those. Whitehead is unlikely to face a team-imposed suspension. His lawyer will likely somehow clear up the missed court date kerfuffle. A core special teamer and gadget player, Whitehead touched the ball 13 times last season. Jul 24 - 2:15 PM
                        Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
                        Cowboys waived WR Lucky Whitehead.
                        Charged with petty larceny in Virginia last month, Whitehead then missed a court date. His agent denies Whitehead was even in Virginia when the incident allegedly took place, but the Cowboys are taking a stand. (For once.) Though we're not sure this one is truly deserved considering all the shenanigans the Dallas organization has allowed over the years. Whitehead is a bottom-roster player. Jul 24 - 6:53 PM
                        All charges stemming from ex-Cowboys WR/KR Lucky Whitehead's petty larceny case have been dropped.
                        This is going to be a bad look for the Cowboys, who immediately cut Whitehead when news of the (false) accusation broke. The warrant for Whitehead's arrest was "rescinded" when Virginia police discovered they "had the wrong guy." Whitehead was a largely-ineffective gadget player/special teamer, anyway, but you can be sure the media is going to let the Cowboys have it, particularly in light of their unflinching stance that Ezekiel Elliott is innocent of multiple far-more-sinister alleged crimes. Jul 25 - 11:43 AM
                        Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter


                        • #42
                          Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation
                          On Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension, the NFL said in a statement that its personal conduct advisors "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence" against his accuser on "multiple occasions." This finding points out the NFL's efforts to investigate beyond the standards of the criminal justice system. Elliott has been handed one of the longest domestic violence penalties in NFL history even though no charges were filed.

                          Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones is said to be furious with NFL decision, per one source. Furious.
                          Last edited by H2O4me; 1 week ago.


                          • #43
                            Photos emerge of bruises on Zeke accuser

                            TMZ obtained eight photos of bruising on the body of suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott's domestic abuse accuser.

                            This certainly won't help Elliott's chances of winning an appeal. Ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson took photos of bruising on her arms, hands, neck, and legs following the alleged domestic incident. At the time, Elliott told police officers the woman was injured during a bar fight with someone else.
                            Aug 11 - 6:46 PM


                            • #44
                              In my experiences with women they turn into animals when they get drunk, some of them extremely violent for no real reason, it's crazy. I never jump to conclusions when these domestic violence stories break, you don't know anything unless you were there to see everything happening, to automatically assume the female is always the poor innocent victim when you see these pictures of them all bruised up is just not good.


                              • #45
                                The NFL said it interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Thompson, over the course of its investigation. It also consulted with medical experts and “examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications.”

                                “There is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that you engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016,” Todd Jones, the NFL’s special counsel for conduct, wrote in a letter to Elliott advising him of the league’s decision.

                                The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo obtained the letter from Jones to Elliott:
                                Obtained the letter from NFL's Todd Jones to Ezekiel Elliott. It cites photographic evidence of three instances of "physical force."

                                — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 11, 2017
                                Harvey added in the conference call on Friday that Elliott’s representatives were not exactly forthcoming during the investigation.

                                “One thing that was significant to us is that … [Elliot’s representatives] offered affidavits and declined to be interviewed by investigators, which raised suspicions,” Harvey said. Harvey added that the arguments Elliott’s representatives made “seemed to be theoretical” and not substantiated by evidence.

                                “Mr. Elliot’s representatives argued in a meeting that maybe Ms. Thompson fell down stairs,” Harvey said. “There was no witness to say she fell down stairs and there was no photograph of her falling down stairs.” The representatives also proposed that Thompson could have injured herself bumping into tables while on the job as a restaurant server or could have gotten into a fight with another woman, Harvey said.

                                The NFL investigators, however, were not buying that.

                                Maybe she ran into a door or doorknob.