On Friday, the NFL made a final decision about the fate of the Dallas Cowboys’ star running back, Ezekiel Elliott. Investigations have been underway since 2016 when the football player had domestic violence allegations levied against him.
The decision was made just a few weeks before the team’s training camp. The charges had been dismissed in the Columbus (OH) criminal court last summer, but the NFL was still pursuing a league investigation into the potential violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.
The extensive investigation included several interviews, photographic and digital evidence, an overview of thousands of text messages, and other records of electronic communications. The league also interviewed Tiffany Thompson, the victim of the alleged violence, as well as medical experts.
Elliott’s phone records were turned over to the NFL on June 1, and the final report was submitted in July. While Elliott, his attorney, and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones all gave a rebuttal claiming the young star’s innocence, apparently the NFL was not convinced.
Reportedly, the NFL was not only assessing wrongdoing in the criminal allegations, but also overall character. They claimed that their investigation was much larger than the single incident, though it would serve their purpose in handing out a suspension.
On Friday, the final decision was made. Elliott will be suspended without pay for six games in the 2017 season.
While the decision has been made, the football player can still appeal the decision. He is hoping to be available to play with his team by September 10, when they face the New York Giants. If the appeal falls through, Elliott will make his return on October 29.
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