Cow­boys’ El­liott sus­pended six games in do­mes­tic case

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

Dal­las Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott was sus­pended for six games Fri­day af­ter a year­long NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in Ohio.

The 2016 NFL 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. The league, how­ever, said there was “sub­stan­tial and per­sua­sive ev­i­dence’’ that El­liott had phys­i­cal con­fronta­tions last sum­mer with his then-girl­friend, Tif­fany Thompson. El­liott will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn to the ac­tive ros­ter on Oct. 23. His first pos­si­ble game will be Week 8 at Washington. El­liott, who turned 22 last month, has three days to ap­peal the rul­ing. One of his agents didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment. The NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion said it was re­view­ing the de­ci­sion and had been in touch with El­liott’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives to con­sider his op­tions.

The rul­ing re­quires El­liott to get an eval­u­a­tion to de­ter­mine whether he needs coun­selling or treat­ment, and to show proof that he is fol­low­ing up on any rec­om­men­da­tions that are made.

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