According to ESPN, the NFL reportedly suspended star running-back Ezekiel Elliott on Friday for the first six games of the upcoming season. Elliott has three days to file an appeal with the league.
The suspension comes as a result of Elliott’s former girlfriend accusing him of domestic violence in 2016. The abuse allegedly took place in Ohio where he went to college.
Although prosecutors in the state of Ohio decided not to press charges, the NFL is taking action on its own.
Upset with the allegations, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in July there is no evidence domestic violence existed. “I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing – not one thing – that had anything to do with domestic violence,” Jones said. “My opinion is, there’s not even an issue over he said/she said. There’s not even an issue there.”
However, Elliott has a troubled past.
The athlete reportedly pulled a woman’s shirt down on St. Patrick’s Day and got into a fist fight in a bar last month. The fight resulted in police getting involved. But investigators suspended their probe after they failed to locate the alleged victim and there weren’t enough witnesses to interview.
Elliott received a misdemeanor charge for a speeding ticket after being clocked driving 100-miles-per-hour earlier in the year.
Speculation is that Elliot’s past behavior influenced the NFL to investigate the claims made by his former girlfriend. As for the suspension of 6-games, some suspensions are reduced upon appeal, and the Cowboys will be hoping that’s the case for Elliott.
Elliot was a key member of the team in 2016. As a rookie, he led the NFL in rushing. He had 1,631 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns.
ABOUT EZEKIEL ELLIOT
Ezekiel “Zeke” Elliott (born July 22, 1995) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he earned second-team All-America honors in 2015. He was drafted by the Cowboys fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Elliott was born to a mother and father who both played collegiate athletics. His mother, the former Dawn Huff, was a high school state champion in three sports before attending the University of Missouri and running track there. His father, Stacy, was a linebacker for the Missouri football team. Elliott’s maternal grandfather played basketball for Drake University.
After the ninth game of the 2016 season, he became the second Cowboys rookie to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, after Tony Dorsett achieved the mark in 1977. As well, he became the third running back to rush for 1,000 yards after just the ninth game of his career, joining Adrian Peterson and Eric Dickerson.
In his first career playoff game, he ran 22 times for 125 yards in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round, joining Duane Thomas as the only Cowboy rookie to rush for over 100 yards in a playoff game.
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