Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games by the NFL for multiple domestic violence incidents that amount to a violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
The league announced the news on Friday after multiple reports indicated he would miss time. Six games has been the league’s standard for a domestic violence punishment. The NFL cited an extensive investigation into the matter and found “substantive and persuasive” evidence that Elliott was physically abusive toward his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.
Elliott has been accused of five incidents of domestic violence in a six-day span in July 2016 as alleged by Thompson. He now has three days to appeal. As it stands, he is eligible to take the field on Oct. 23 against the 49ers.
Elliott responded to the suspension with the following statement from his attorney:
He later tweeted the following message:
Elliott, 22, rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns last season as a rookie.