Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on Saturday said he was “surprised and disappointed” with the NFL’s decision to suspend him for the first six games of the regular season.
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) August 12, 2017
Elliott was accused of domestic violence in July 2016 by his former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, and the NFL conducted a year-long investigation into the claims. On Friday, the league informed the Cowboys and Elliott of its decision citing a violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
The release noted that league advisers “were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence … on multiple occasions.”
Elliott, who was suspended without pay, said he plans to “continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given.”
“I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans – for that I am sincerely sorry.”