Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

National Football League suspends Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six games

National Football League suspends Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six games

In July 2016, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, sparked a police investigation in Columbus, Ohio, when she posted pictures of bruises of her body on Instagram and tagged him.

According to Schefter, Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension.

Under the NFL's current domestic violence policy, first time offenders receive a six-game suspension, though the league is able to alter that (to make it harsher or more lenient) based on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Any ruling would be considered binding. If he does not, it will begin September 2, and he would be eligible to return on October 23.

If an appeal by Elliott is unsuccessful the Cowboys will be without their star running back for games against the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers, and 49ers. Following the scrutiny and backlash the league faced for the Ray Rice incident, the NFL reviewed the way it handled domestic violence matters and established clear protocol.

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The NFL looked at those photos (or photos that were similar; TMZ didn't specify if the NFL saw these exact photos) and that was part of what led the league to suspend the running back.

Elliott did not immediately comment on the suspension. The team was running its own investigation out of this proper legal system, along with the National Football League world was waiting with bated breath to its judgment. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that is indeed what the former Ohio State Buckeye will do.

Elliott was also the subject of backlash in March after video posted online purportedly showed him pulling down a woman's top and exposing one of her breasts at a St. Patrick's Day parade. Most likely, the second-year back will miss a significant portion of the Cowboys season. He was allegedly involved in a bar fight last month and got a misdemeanor for a speeding ticket after being clocked going 100 miles per hour. He also added 363 yards through the air.

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