Ezekiel Elliott responded to a six-game suspension levied upon him by the NFL Friday in a tweet late Friday evening. An allegation that was ultimately undermined by her own friend's affidavit which stated that no such assault occurred.
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.
Ezekiel Elliott posted a statement Friday evening in which he apologized for causing "distraction and disruption". "During the upcoming weeks and through this appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light", the attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum, said in a news release. 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.
"So while alternative theories are interesting, in my judgment they have to be supported by evidence, and that was lacking in this particular situation", Harvey said.
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"Over the course of the previous year, the league conducted an extensive investigation", a league statement read Friday.
If the NFL determines that there is enough evidence that Elliott was responsible for the punch, there is a chance the Cowboys running back could face further league discipline. "Although no arrests were made in either episode, the National Football League said that "[even] when a player is not charged with a crime, he may still be found to have violated the [personal conduct] policy if the credible evidence establishes that he engaged in conduct prohibited" by it.
Said Jones: "If we have to play with other running backs, we like the [other] running backs on this team". He set rookie franchise records for yards, rushing touchdowns (15) and total touchdowns (16).