Needless to say, Twitter has plenty to say regarding a suspension more severe than what had been given to documented wife beaters.
Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is "surprised and disappointed" that he was issued a six-game suspension by the NFL Friday for violating the league's personal conduct policy. It was a year-long investigation by the National Football League, going back to 2016, when Elliott was alleged to have been involved in a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.
Elliott has three days to file a formal appeal of his suspension, which he and the team plan to do.
According to simulations calculated by CBS's SportsLine, the Cowboys are projected to win 9.2 games with Zeke only playing in 10 games.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the primary league executive to hear the appeal. TMZ said Elliott told police investigators he didn't cause the bruises and they happened when the accuser was in a bar fight.
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After playing three seasons at Ohio State, Elliott was selected by the Cowboys No. 4 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Elliot will be able to participate in preseason activities, but with the suspension taking effect he wouldn't be eligible to return to the team's active roster until October 23.
Schefter tweeted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is said to be furious with the decision.
In March, he faced major backlash after a video surfaced, showing how he exposed a woman's breasts during the Dallas, Texas, St. Patrick's Day parade, without her consent. The league cited photographs, medical information and thousands of electronic messages as evidence to back its decision to suspend Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing in 2016. In Elliott's absence, the Cowboys would call on three veteran running backs to carry the load: Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and Ronnie Hillman.
That said, it sounds like the situation is far from settled with less than a month before Dallas kicks off the regular season at home against the New York Giants on September 10.
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