Zeke given 6-game suspension.
The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, stemming from an investigation that took place after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio.
According to ESPN, Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension and there is a slight chance the six-game suspension will be reduced.
"Elliott has three business days to file notice of appeal, and a hearing must be scheduled within 10 days of receipt of the notice, according to Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement, which governs appeal of commissioner discipline."
"Legal authorities concluded that Elliott's accuser was not credible and rejected charging him. Several witnesses, according to sources close to the case, heard the woman yell at Elliott that she would "ruin his career" when she was unhappy that they would not continue their relationship."
Despite the fact that he wasn't charged, the NFL still holds the right to punish players, even without charges, due to its personal conduct policy. The NFL's press release regarding Elliott's suspension states 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."
The report also states that the NFL went through text messages and retained medical and legal experts to aid commissioner Roger Goodell in his decision.
The Dallas Cowboys have a bye in Week 6, meaning Elliott won't be eligible to return to the field until Week 8 if the six-game suspension stands after his appeal.
Check out the NFL's official statement below.
Official pic.twitter.com/7coIXNqA2J— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 11, 2017
This is very similar to the NFL's dealings with Roethlisberger in 2010. 6 games, reduced to 4. No charges. Pitt supported the ruling.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) August 11, 2017
$559,193: Cost in lost salary to Ezekiel Elliott for 6-game suspension. Made $450,000 in salary last season.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 11, 2017
Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones is said to be furious with NFL decision, per one source. Furious.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2017