The NFL’s seemingly never-ending investigation into Ezekiel Elliott’s domestic violence case has reached a verdict.
The Cowboys running back was handed a six-game game suspension to start the 2017 season, ESPN reported Friday, after his ex-girlfriend accused him of beating her on five separate occasions last year.
Elliott plans on appealing the suspension, and has three business days to do so, according to the report.
The NFL standard for domestic violence incidents is a six-game ban, though it has been lessened in some cases. .
Elliott beat up his girlfriend 3 times in the same week … and there are photos that prove it … this according to the NFL.
The league laid out its case against Elliott in a letter to the Dallas Cowboys running back detailing a week of violence and terror against Tiffany Thompson that began on July 17, 2016.
On July 17, the NFL says Elliott attacked Thompson at the Canvasback Lane apartments in Columbus, Ohio.
“You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s arms, neck and shoulders.”
On July 19, the NFL says there was another altercation at the Canvasback Lane apartments.
“You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s face, arms, wrists and hands.”
On July 21, the NFL says there was a 3rd incident at the Canvasback Lane apartments.
“You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s face, neck, arms knee and hips.”
The league says it went to prosecutors to find out why Elliott was not charged with a crime. They were told, “We never concluded that she was lying to us … we generally believed her for all of the incidents.”
Elliott played all of last season with the Cowboys, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, after police cleared of him criminal charges. However, that did not stop the NFL from looking into the matter.
The Cowboys open the season on Sept. 10 against the Giants, who most think have the best chance to unseat Dallas atop the NFC East.
The accuser posted photos of her bruised body on her Instagram account after filing a police report last summer and on Saturday broke her silence on the past relationship with Elliott.
“Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever,” she wrote. “Loving someone as much as I did, putting my all in no matter what happened. I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship. Ladies never think you’re too in love or too scared to leave because at one point that was me. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for you. Love yourself first. Speak up and stop domestic violence.”
Elliott has been far from clean in the year since the domestic violence allegations surfaced. The 22-year-old was caught on camera in March pulling down a woman’s shirt to reveal her breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Most recently, Elliott was accused of breaking a man’s nose during an altercation at a Dallas bar in July.
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