The NFL imposed Dallas Cowboys rising superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott a six-games suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The National Football League (NFL) has finally concluded and released their judgement on their year-long investigation into Dallas Cowboys rising star running back Ezekiel Elliott. The decision is in, and the NFL has suspended the 2016 rushing leader for a total of six games suspension even though the rusher was never even charged for an alleged crime.
Should the six-game suspension will be waived, then Ezekiel Elliott would be eligible to return for the October 29 road matchup against Washington Redskins.
The final decision came almost 13 months after the NFL started investigating Elliott’s case, following a domestic violence accusations by his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, in five alleged incidents in a six-day period back in July 2016.
The Ohio State product Zeke Elliott, who contradicted all of the allegations, wasn’t arrested nor charged. Back in September 2016, the Columbus, Ohio, City Attorney’s Office said that they declined to approve criminal charges against Elliot because of conflicting and inconsistent details in the evidence.
The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made his final judgement on Elliot case after asking for recommendations from a four-person independent panel of law enforcement and medical personnel. The panel found that the running back allegedly injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents.
Ezekiel Elliott, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, has the option to appeal the NFL decision. This could lessen, or even knock out, the severity of the disciplinary punishment.
In the most recent high-profile domestic violence case with the NFL, the New York Giants kicker Josh Brown had his six-game punishment reduced to just a single game suspension. The Giants covered up his misdeeds, the NFL said that they didn’t get cooperation from the victim or law enforcement.
On Friday evening, Ezekiel Elliot released a short statement regarding the NFL’s decision to suspend him for six-games:
“I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League’s findings.
“I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans — for that I am sincerely sorry.
“I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given.”
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) August 12, 2017
If Elliott’s six-game suspension is upheld, the running back will not be eligible to appear in a game for the Dallas Cowboys until the organization’s Week 8 matchup against the Washington Redskins on October 29. Elliot does plan to file an appeal, which holds the possibility of reducing, or even overturning the six-game suspension.
Ezekiel Elliott will be appealing the suspension before the NFL and will have the full support of Dallas Cowboys franchise owner and president Jerry Jones throughout the process.
Elliot led the league in rushing in the most recent season with 1,631 yards in addition to 15 touchdowns. Zeke accounted for more than 33 percent of the Dallas Cowboys’ total yards in his rookie season.