Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, according to ESPN.
The NFL chose to suspend him following a lengthy investigation that began more than a year ago after allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio. Though the Columbus City Attorney’s office announced that it would not pursue charges against Elliot due to “conflicting and inconsistent information,” the NFL can penalize a player even without legal charges.
Several witnesses present during the incident claim that they overheard the woman yell at Elliot that she would “ruin his career” when she was unhappy that they would not continue with their relationship, according to sources close to the case. But legal authorities could not confirm Elliot’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Elliot plans to appeal the ruling, although he has only three days to file a notice of appeal. After that, the league must hold a hearing on the issue within 10 days. Commissioner Roger Goodell or a designee would hear the appeal.
If Elliot’s appeal did not reverse the league’s ruling, Elliot’s suspension would begin on September 2 and last until October 23, the Cowboy’s 7th game of the season, to played against the San Francisco 49ers.
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