Just Thinking: Ezekiel Elliott

FILE - This is a July 25, 2017, file photo showing Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott during NFL football training camp in Oxnard, Calif. The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension over the league's conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer. The union said Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, it will represent Elliott "to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement." (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)

I had some down time due to vacation so a few things happened while I was away.

One was Dallas Cowboy running back Ezekiel Elliott being hit with a six game suspension by the NFL.

The league concluded that he did physically abuse his former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson. It's important to remember the league's bar, to conclude Elliott did something wrong, is not as high as the legal system. The league simply has to believe Elliott did it based on evidence they say is relevant.

I don't know if Elliott's guilty or not and I won't call him an abuser based on the NFL decision. I know nothing about her and the NFL's report stated one of her claims of abuse was false.

Did she make all of this up? Is he an abuser? I simply don't know. But what is obvious is that Elliott needs to, and must, make better decisions about his life. Who he surrounds himself with, where he goes and what he decides to do.

It's not anyone else's fault. It's not because he plays for a marquee franchise. Look in the mirror and Elliott will see why he's constantly in the news for something other than playing football.