- Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 11, 2017Zeke Elliott & reps statement: "The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions".
Ezekiel Elliott responded to a six-game suspension levied upon him by the NFL Friday in a tweet late Friday evening. The threat from the league means that Elliott needs to stay out of trouble.
The NFL Players Association released a statement Friday saying it is reviewing the decision and has been in touch with Elliott and his representatives to consider all options. Sources have described him as "upset" about commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Elliott. He can play in preseason games and practice until September 2, regardless of the outcome of the appeal. The investigation began in July 2016 and Elliott has since been in two auto accidents, was spotted pulling down a woman' top at a St. Patrick's Day parade and was involved in an alleged incident at a Dallas nightclub. If the suspension holds up, Elliott wouldn't be eligible to play in the regular season until October 29 when the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins.
Elliott has three days from receipt of the letter to file an appeal, and assuming he does so, he will have a hearing within 10 days of his filing.
That would constitute a major on-field setback for Dallas, which relied heavily on the rookie running back last season and was rewarded with a 13-3 record and an NFC East title.
Jones also said four external advisers "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that (Elliott) engaged in physical violence against (the alleged victim) on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016". The proceedings over the league's punishment could then "drag out a long time", Robinson noted.