Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games by NFL

August 12, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys were dealt a huge blow on Friday, when the NFL suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of this season.


The NFL announced the suspension Friday afternoon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported the suspension first. Schefter said Elliott has three days to file an appeal. Suspensions are sometimes reduced upon appeal, and the Cowboys will be hoping that’s the case for Elliott.


Elliott’s former girlfriend accused him of domestic violence in 2016.


Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio declined to press charges. The NFL, which has taken disciplinary action in other instances when a player has not been charged, held a lengthy investigation into the matter. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in July there was no evidence of any domestic violence.


“I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing – not one thing – that had anything to do with domestic violence,” Jones said. “My opinion is there’s not even an issue over he said, she said. There’s not even an issue there.”


Here is the league’s official explanation for the suspension, which is more detail than they’ve provided for many other suspensions:


“Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today by the NFL that he will be suspended without pay for the team’s first six 2017 regular-season games for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.


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