Ezekiel Elliott reportedly suspended six games by NFL
The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating its personal conduct policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday afternoon. Elliott and the Cowboys now have three business days to file an appeal, and a hearing on that appeal must be held within 10 days of the notice of appeal. The hearing would be heard either by Commissioner Roger Goodell or a league official designated by Goodell.
The Washington Post's Mark Maske confirmed the six-game suspension, per a source.
Should the six-game suspension hold up, Elliott's first game back will be Oct. 29 against the Washington Redskins. Dallas's first six games of the season are against the Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, Rams, Packers and 49ers. Elliott will not be allowed into the Cowboys' training complex from whenever the suspension begins until it ends.
He will lose out on his base salary for the time missed - about $240,000 per game, per Schefter - and will have to pay back some of the $16.350 million signing bonus he has received since joining the Cowboys as the fourth pick of the 2016 NFL draft.
The NFL had been investigating Elliott for more than a year, with league officials looking into an "accumulation of behaviors" involving Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing yards and attempts during his rookie season in 2016. Elliott's ex-girlfriend accused him of five incidents of domestic violence over a six-day period in July 2016, though prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, declined to press charges because of "conflicting and inconsistent information" from witnesses. The woman, Tiffany Thompson, also had accused Elliott of pushing her against a wall during a February 2016 incident in Florida. No charges were brought in that case, as well.
Then, in March, Elliott was filmed pulling down a woman's shirt, exposing one of her breasts, while watching a St. Patrick's Day parade in Dallas. And in July, he was involved in an altercation at a Dallas nightclub during which a DJ's nose was broken. Dallas police eventually suspended the investigation after they were unable to locate the victim.
According to Schefter, the league went through text messages and retained medical and legal experts to help commissioner Roger Goodell make his decision.