DALLAS, Texas – The NFL announced Friday that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games.
Elliott violated the league’s personal-conduct policy, according to a release from the NFL. He was under a year-long investigation based around domestic violence accusations.
The accusations came from Tiffany Thompson who told authorities she was his former girlfriend.
22-year-old Elliott has denied Thompson’s accusations and the NFL said he has the right to appeal their decision.
Elliott’s suspension is based on the league’s investigation. Thompson told police Elliott assaulted her on five occasions in one week in 2016, according to the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney’s Office.
UPDATE (Tuesday August 15th): The NFL Players Association has appealed Elliott’s suspension. In a statement, the union says it will “represent Ezekiel, as we do all players, to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”