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Suspension of Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott shows NFL has finally learned from Ray Rice

“I believe you." It’s such a simple phrase, most often said without much thought of any greater meaning. But for women who are victims of domestic violence, conditioned to think no one will believe them, or that they somehow brought some horror upon themselves, those three little words can be life-changing. Maybe even life-saving. Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension, announced Friday by the NFL, has the potential to be transformative, and I’m not referring to the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl hopes. In its letter to Elliott, one of the league’s brightest young stars, the NFL made it clear that it believed the woman who had accused him of domestic abuse. It didn’t matter that prosecutors had decided not to bring charges, a sadly ...