Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Unsurprisingly, Elliott, 22, and the Cowboys organization plan to appeal the suspension. They have three business days to formally do so.
Team owner Jerry Jones has gone on record multiple times advocating for Elliott’s innocence, and to be fair, prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, dropped all charges against the former Ohio State star when this case first surfaced over a year ago.
However, the NFL has fired back on the looming appeal with a scathing report directed at Elliott that chronicles at least three separate instances alleging domestic violence against former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.
According to the league, “substantial and persuasive evidence” was found that Elliott engaged in physical violence against Thompson.
According to the report, the first incident occurred July 17 at the Canvasback Lane apartments in Columbus.
“You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s arms, neck and shoulders,” wrote the NFL.
The second incident occurred July 19 in the same location.
“You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s face, arms, wrists and hands,” the NFL said of the second incident.
The third incident occurred July 21 in the same location.
“You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s face, neck, arms knee and hips,” the league wrote of the third incident.
Even though Elliott had all charges dropped by prosecutors, the NFL still spoke to them.
Surprisingly, the prosecutors reportedly admitted to believing the victim’s account.
“We never concluded that she was lying to us. … We generally believed her for all of the incidents,” the prosecutors told the NFL, according to the report.
Previously, the prosecutors said there was “conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents, resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges.”
Perhaps most damning of all was the stern warning the NFL issued to Elliott at the end of the report (emphasis ours):
“You must have no further adverse involvement with law enforcement, and must not commit any additional violations of league policies. In that respect, you should understand that another violation of this nature may result in your suspension or potential banishment from the NFL.”
Understandably, the NFL is taking this issue extremely seriously.
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