Cowboys Say They Support Ezekiel Elliott, Realize Gravity of Domestic Violence

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

He can play in preseason games and practice until September 2, regardless of the outcome of the appeal.

It was rumoured in recent weeks that Elliott could receive a short suspension prior to the start of the season, after allegations he assaulted a former girfriend. The hearing must take place within ten days of Elliott filing the appeal.

"I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League's findings", Elliott said in his statement, which was posted to social media. "I admit that I am far from ideal, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the opportunity that I have been given".

The NFL Players' Association also issued a statement saying it is reviewing the league's decision and has been "in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options".

Before the Dallas Cowboys preseason game in Los Angeles could kick-off, Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones was the first executive member of the organization to comment on the suspension.

Elliott was seen on the field doing pregame sprints, and did not look to be injured. "The NFL, however, could investigate the matter on its own and pursue further action against Elliott - despite the running back having never been arrested or charged in the incident - if enough evidence is collected and Elliott is found to be responsible for the punch".

Even before the first preseason game, the New York Giants jettisoned another lousy draft pick. Elliott's suspension is just the latest in a long list of Cowboys off-field woes during the summer.

The 2016 National Football League rushing leader was suspended despite prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, deciding a year ago not to pursue the case involving Elliott's girlfriend at the time in the same city where he starred for Ohio State.

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