Ezekiel Elliot is the latest NFL star facing controversy for domestic violence. According to Bleacher Report, the Dallas Cowboys running back has been suspended for six games without pay for his alleged involvement in a domestic violence incident that reportedly took place in July of 2016. Apparently, the 22-year-old NFL star’s past is coming back to haunt him because he’s facing repercussions for the domestic violence incident despite Columbus, Ohio prosecutors’ decision not to pursue the case. So, what has led the NFL to suspend Elliot anyway? Apparently, there’s some serious evidence.
The Alleged Abuse:
According to The Jasmine Brand, the NFL has released a statement citing the reasons for Elliot’s suspension. It has been reported that the star RB violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy with the abuse of his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The league reportedly has witness accounts, photographs, and other digital evidence including text messages and “other records of electronic communication” to provide the two were involved in physical altercations. Although the lengthy statement is relatively vague when it comes to detailing the multiple incidents that occurred, apparently, the evidence was enough to suspend Elliot.
Check out the statement released by the NFL:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 11, 2017
Ezekiel Claps Back:
Despite the investigative findings and the “substantial and persuasive evidence” that reportedly confirmed Elliot and Thompson had physical altercations, the former Ohio State standout claims his ex-girlfriend is lying. As expected, Ezekiel has lawyered up and his defense team has released a statement about the NFL’s decision. “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 continued, “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.”
If Ezekiel does not appeal, the suspension will begin when the Cowboys play their first season game on September 2. The suspension will continue until the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on October 23.