Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones responds to the National Football League suspending running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games on 105.3 The Fan on Saturday.
The suspension comes as a result of an investigation that started more than a year ago after an ex-girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio.
“I admit that I am far from ideal, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given”.
Ezekiel Elliott posted a statement Friday evening in which he apologized for causing “distraction and disruption”.
Elliott has since vowed to appeal the suspension.
– Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) August 11, 2017Elliott & reps statement: “In the coming weeks. a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light”.
Now, that doesn’t mean Elliott would be banished if he gets in trouble again, but it means the punishment would be on the table if he were involved in another domestic violence incident. The Cowboys have not announced whether Elliott will play at all during the preseason.
The NFL, though, still has the authority to punish players under its personal conduct policy. The hearing must take place within ten days of Elliott filing the appeal. If his ban is not overturned, he will have to sit out the Cowboys’ first six games and will not be able to practice with the team or use its facilities until the suspension ends. If we have to play with other running backs, we like the running backs on this team. And certainly we have done that and are comfortable with who we are on this football team.
Elliott has 72 hours to appeal the suspension, and he is expected to do so.