Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. But Elliott and his representation plan to fight the suspension arduously.
A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter Elliott is “ready for a long battle,” with the NFL as he looks to appeal his six-game ban.
Elliott’s suspension was the result of a yearlong investigation into the star running back over domestic violence allegations. The investigation began in July 2016 and Elliott has since been in two car accidents, was spotted pulling down a woman’ top at a St. Patrick’s Day parade and was involved in an alleged incident at a Dallas nightclub.
The NFL revealed in a letter sent to Elliott that it had found persuasive evidence that suggested he abused the alleged victim, Tiffany Thompson in July 2016. Elliott’s attorneys fired back by accusing the NFL of presenting “factually inaccurate” information and described the league’s discipline as an “erroneous” conclusion.
Elliott and the NFLPA have three days to file a formal appeal against the league’s decision. Elliott’s camp seems ready to fight this suspension to the fullest extent, which means the situation could ultimately go to court after the appeals process is completed.