The running back Ezekiel Elliott set to appeal the NFL-imposed six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy due to the alleged domestic violence filed by her former girlfriend back in July of 2016.
The 22-year-olf Ezekiel Elliott, who was neither arrested nor charged in the alleged case, continues to preserve his guiltlessness.
The Columbus city prosecutor claimed that he didn’t believe that he could make a case because of conflicting and inconsistent evidences.
Running back Elliott, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, will try to dishonor his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in the appeal process by pointing out, her threats to “ruin his career,” including one that was racially based, according to multiple sources close to the franchise.
The league announced Elliott’s six-games suspension on Friday, stating that it has photographs and evidences supporting a finding “that Ezekiel Elliot engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.”
Elliott’s appeal game plan includes emphasizing Thompson’s already recorded text messages encouraging a close friend to lie to police authorities regarding an alleged domestic violence back in July 22, misleading sworn statements to the NFL lead investigator Lisa Friel, and recurrent threats to ruin his professional American football career after breaking off the relationship.
Elliott has not been entertaining media interviews since the beginning of the training camp, and was guarded from the locker room following Saturday’s 2017 NFL preseason game opener against the Los Angeles Rams. But Elliot made his feelings known on the social media on Friday: “both surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision” and “I strongly disagree with the league’s findings.”
Elliot’s legal representative also exploded the league in a statement for their “factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions” and promised “a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light” during the appeal process.
It’s uncertain what role the Dallas Cowboys franchise owner Jerry Jones will play in the appeal. But one source claimed that Jones is “angry” about the six-games suspension. Jones also has uncharacteristically not talked to the media since the decision releases. Elliott’s absence in the first six- games of the 2017 NFL regular-season will leave a huge hole in the Dallas Cowboys’ offense. Zeke led the NFL in rushing in the most recent season as a rookie and is a home-run threat whenever the ball was in his possessions.
The suspension gives the Dallas 13 player suspensions since 2014 for a total of 108 matchups. There have been a total of 16 suspensions involving those 13 pro players. Defensive end Randy Gregory has received a couple of game suspensions for a total of 30 games, and linebacker Rolando McClain three for a total of 30.
Ezekiel Elliot led the league in rushing in the previous season with a total of 1,631 yards in addition to 15 touchdowns. He is accounted for more than 33 percent of the Dallas Cowboys’ total yards in his rookie season.