Arbitrator Rules in Ezekiel Elliott Hearing

The National Football League charged Dallas Cowboys running back with violation of the League’s personal conduct policy for a domestic violence charge and suspended him for six games.

Ezekiel Elliott

By Keith Allison –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Elliott appealed the ruling and filed a petition with the Texas Federal Court citing “league-orchestrated conspiracy”.

Late Tuesday afternoon – September 5 – after a three day hearing, Arbitrator Harold Henderson ruled against Elliott and upheld the suspension. But due to the lateness of the decision, Elliott will be allowed to play in the Dallas Cowboy’s opening game against the New York Giants on September 10.

The suspension stems from an allegation of domestic violence involving Tiffany Thompson in July 2016. Reportedly the ruling was based on allegations that Elliott perpetrated physical violence against Thompson on more than one occasion. Elliott has never been officially charged with any crime.

Elliott has maintained his innocence throughout the hearings. His response to the ruling is that he was, “surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision and strongly disagreed with the six game suspension.”

Last year was Elliott’s rookie season with the Cowboys where he had 1,631 rushing yards.

Elliott will be eligible to return on week eight when the Cowboys travel to Maryland to play against the Washington Redskins.

UPDATE: Elliott has filed a lawsuit in Texas.  The judge is expected to rule on Friday (Sept 8) whether Elliott’s suspension will be put on hold while the lawsuit goes through.

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