After much speculation and bantering between sports broadcasters, the NFL has handed down their ruling on running back Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys. He has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
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While the 22 year old Cowboys star denies any wrongdoing, the NFL has spent the past year investigating accusations of domestic violence. Former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson accused Elliott of violent acts toward her on a number of occasions.
The independent advisory committee that reviewed the case noted that they used photographs taken by Thompson and medical reports to aid in their decision to recommend the NFL suspend Elliott. The final decision was made by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Elliott said that he is “extremely disappointed” in the NFL’s ruling and has indicated that he will appeal the ruling. Elliott’s statement also read, “the NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.”
Thompson reported abuse by Elliott on five separate occasions in a single week, but the Columbus City Attorney’s Office in Ohio refused to arrest and prosecute Elliott citing, “conflicting and inconsistent information.”
According to the NFL Player’s Personal Conduct Policy, any player who has been found to have committed domestic violence by the league are subject to a standard six game suspension without pay even if they were never arrested or convicted of the crime.
While they have not been pursued by the NFL, this is not the only incident of questionable conduct involving Elliott.
The Cowboys face a somewhat depleted team when the season starts in September with a number of injuries and other players facing disciplinary issues. By appealing the ruling, Elliott will not have to begin his suspension until after the appeal is heard and a new ruling handed down.
During the Hall of Fame game on August 3, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated that he believed Elliott would be exonerated of any punishment.
In its first six games the Dallas Cowboys play against the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams, the Green Bay Packers, and the San Francisco 49ers.
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