The NFL has handed down punishment to second year running back Ezekiel Elliott. He will miss the first six games of the season for violating the personal conduct policy.
Suspension from the NFL finally came down more than a year and a half ago, after an incident in Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus City Attorney’s office announced they would not pursue charges against Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott. The information given to the attorney’s office became too inconsistent when supplied during the investigation. Authorities came with the conclusion that Elliott’s accuser was not credible. As a result, they rejected charging him criminally. Several witnesses overheard the woman yell at Ezekiel Elliott. She made claims that she would ruin his career when she became unhappy that they would not continue their relationship.
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The NFL reserves the right to penalize a player under their personal conduct policy.
Elliott will appeal the suspension as routine. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has defended Elliott throughout the NFL’s investigation and will surely stand by Elliott’s expected appeal.
He has three business days to file his appeal which must have a hearing scheduled within 10 days of notice. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will overhear the appeal process. Commissioner Goodell could choose to appoint someone in his stead. If Elliot does file an appeal with the court, he could continue to play while the appeal process is conducted.
The Dallas Cowboys will likely use a running back by committee in Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden while Ezekiel Ellliott is out on suspension. Ezekiel Elliot will play an integral part in the Dallas Cowboys run to the playoffs once he returns. The Dallas Cowboys are considered to be in the hunt for a Superbowl appearance as well.
The NFL has taken a much stricter stance on situations involving domestic violence in the last few seasons with minimal success from player’s appeals.