Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott releases statement reacting to National Football League suspension

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Elliott, who ran for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016 and was named as a first-team All-Pro, has three days in which to appeal against the decision. TMZ said Elliott told police investigators he didn't cause the bruises and they happened when the accuser was in a bar fight. Elliott was not charged or arrested because of what authorities in Columbus said was conflicting and inconsistent information.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had maintained he hadn't seen anything to indicate Elliott was guilty of domestic violence and he didn't think his star back would be suspended. League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Mr. Elliott.

However, the National Football League handed Elliott a six-game suspension early Friday, sparking outrage within the organization.

"I do know that the Ezekiel Elliot investigation now has to be over a year old".

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Five months later, the woman said Elliott also had assaulted her in OH, and abused her over several days, The Dallas Morning News reported past year.

The NFL's letter to Elliott cited the OH case as well as an incident this past spring when Elliott was caught on video pulling down a woman's shirt while watching a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas. In announcing the suspension under the NFL's personal conduct policy, the league said its investigation was based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence. The league's longstanding policy is that its players are held to a higher standard of behavior. Las Vegas has taken that game off the board at many sportsbooks due to Elliott's suspension.

Without an appeal, Elliott's suspension would start September 2nd and he would be eligible to return to the Cowboys' active roster on October 23. While the team features a solid backup tandem in Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, that's still a step down from one of the league's top playmakers.

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