Ezekiel Elliott Speaks Out After NFL Suspension
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games Friday after a yearlong NFL investigation of his domestic violence case in Ohio. Elliott, who was the 2016 NFL rushing leader, was suspended despite prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, deciding a year ago not to pursue the case involving the NFL’ers girlfriend at the time in the same city where he starred for Ohio State.
The league, however, said there was “substantial and persuasive evidence” that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. Reportedly, there are three separate occasions of Elliott allegedly assaulting Thompson. Elliott will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 23. His first possible game will be Week 8 at Washington.
The 22-year-old has three days to appeal the ruling. Ezekiel’s camp has released a statement, stating
Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision. The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence. For example, both the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL investigators expressly concluded and conveyed to our office (and others) that the accuser was lying about an alleged July 22, 2016 incident whereby she accused Mr. Elliott of pulling her out of her car and assaulting her. An allegation that was ultimately undermined by her false allegation of assault.
The statement continues,
In addition, the NFL’s own medical experts concluded that many of her injuries predated the week in question and likely occurred during a period of time when Mr. Elliott was not in contact with the accuser. During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light.