Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games After Domestic Violence Investigation

Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games After Domestic Violence Investigation

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games without pay by the NFL for his alleged role in a domestic violence case from last July.

The NFL confirmed the decision in a release shared by Mike Garafolo of NFL.com:

The release notes that league advisors "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence ... on multiple occasions."

Adam Schefter of ESPN first reported word of the suspension. Schefter noted Elliott is expected to appeal and must do so within three business days. A hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of the filing of the appeal, per Schefter.

If Elliott does not appeal, his suspension will begin September 2 and he'll be eligible to return on October 23, per the release. A source told Schefter that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is "furious" with the league's decision.

"We are reviewing the decision and have been in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options," the NFLPA said in an email to CNN provided to Bleacher Report.

A woman who said she was Elliott's girlfriend alleged that the NFL star abused her for five days in July surrounding his 21st birthday. She also stated he abused her another time prior to the NFL draft in 2016.

The Columbus City Attorney's Office declined to press charges against Elliott due to "conflicting and inconsistent information."

Garafolo obtained the letter from the league to Elliott notifying him of the suspension, which cites "photographic evidence of three instances of 'physical force.'"

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports shared further details from the NFL's letter, detailing specific injuries:

The letter also states, "There is no dispute that you and Ms. Thompson were together in the same location on the dates identified and no evidence to suggest that anyone else could have caused these injuries," per La Canfora.

The NFL letter also says it won't consider a St. Patrick's Day incident in which Elliott pulled down a woman's shirt, exposing her, but called it "inappropriate and disturbing," according to La Canfora.

Despite the lack of legal ramifications, the NFL holds the right to punish players even without charges due to its personal conduct policy.

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