Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott released a statement late Friday night regarding his recent six-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
“I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League’s findings,” Elliott said.
“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.
“I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity I have been given.”
Absent from the statement is any mention of a possible appeal or legal action against the NFL. Elliott was suspended for six games after the league’s year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations.
What it means for the Cowboys
Elliott’s statement may be the calm before the storm. Though the reigning rushing champion expressed his displeasure with a measured response, he could still appeal the decision and ultimately take the league to court.
No doubt, there is more to come. Whether Elliott’s suspension will even hold up for Week 1 ― when the Cowboys are scheduled to open their season against the New York Giants ― remains to be seen.