By Dominique Carter
Not long after the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in July 2016, Ezekiel Elliott’s girlfriend at the time had accused him of domestic abuse in Columbus, Ohio. The woman said that he had been abusing her for five days around his 21st birthday, and also prior to the draft in 2016.
Although Columbus City Attorney’s Office didn’t press charges on him because they found the evidence inconsistent and conflicting, the league has decided to take actions into their own hands due to photographic evidence of physical force, and the fact that there “is no dispute that you and Ms. Thompson were together in the same location on the dates identified and no evidence to suggest that anyone else could have caused these injuries.”
Elliott, however, plans to appeal the suspension, which he has three business days to do, and if he does not, then he will be suspended from September 2nd until October 23rd.
Here are the official tweets surrounding the situation:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 11, 2017
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 11, 2017
We don’t know exactly what happened, but both Columbus and the NFL have seemed to make their own verdicts about the incident.
This is a huge blow to the Dallas Cowboys who saw Elliott lead the league in rushing last season with 1,631 and co-star with fellow rookie Dak Prescott into a NFC best 13-3 record last season. If the incident happens to be true, though, then this is just going to have to be the price to pay.