Ezekiel Elliott posted a statement Friday evening in which he apologized for causing "distraction and disruption". The NFL's domestic violence policy even notes that a second domestic violence incident will result in "banishment" from the league, with the possibility of applying for reinstatement after one year.
In a letter to Elliott, the National Football League cited incidents of domestic violence reported by Thompson to police in Columbus, Ohio, during July 2016. Elliott was among several players on the Cowboys inactive list, despite his suspension not slated to begin until the start of the regular season.
Despite never being charged over the 2016 incident, Elliott has received a six-game ban, found in breach of the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
Earlier Friday, Elliott's representatives responded to the news, saying the league's findings are "replete with factual inaccuracies".
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- Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 11, 2017Elliott & reps statement: "In the coming weeks. a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light". According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Elliott has three days to appeal the suspension.
Now, the New York Giants catch a break in not having to face Elliott in the first game of the season.
Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process.
That would constitute a major on-field setback for Dallas, which relied heavily on the rookie running back last season and was rewarded with a 13-3 record and an NFC East title.