After the NFL handed down a six-game suspension to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on Friday, his representatives say they will appeal the ban.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended by the NFL on Friday for six games after a year-long investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident determined the 22-year old violated the league’s personal-conduct policy.
The ban is scheduled to start at the end of the preseason, September 2nd, and last through the first seven weeks of the Cowboys upcoming regular season. Elliott and his representatives have three days to file an appeal of the decision. And according to NFL.com, they will do just that.
In fact, members of Elliott’s camp and the player himself are said to be extremely disappointed with the league’s verdict and subsequent punishment, as they claim the NFL ignored critical evidence in their investigation.
"“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence,” claimed Elliott’s representatives in a statement released Friday."
The statement also cites an incident where Elliott’s accuser allegedly lied about being pulled out of her car and assaulted. And that many of her injuries predated the week in question, which was apparently confirmed by the league’s own medical experts.
Based on these claims, it seems very possible that the NFL could reduce Elliott’s six-game suspension. But the question than becomes how much of a reduction would both the player and the Cowboys organization be willing to accept. Especially considering the fact further legal action by either could result in the suspension being delayed, allowing Elliott to play until the issue is completely resolved.
As Ezekiel Elliott and his representatives prepare to appeal his six-game suspension, undoubtedly more information and details will be released. And according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Dallas Cowboys star running back is willing to take this battle to court if he has to.