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Breaking: Ezekiel Elliott breaks silence

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Suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has compiled his response to the six-game suspension handed down to him from the NFL Friday afternoon. 

Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing last season, will appeal the suspension.

He will also miss out on a whopping $8 million contract "guarantee" as a result of his off-field behavior. 

The NFL handed down its suspension on Friday afternoon.

According to the NFL's official statement announcing Elliott's suspension, league investigators interviewed "more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016." 

Thompson is the former girlfriend of Elliott, the star running back who led the NFL in rushing in 2016. 

Todd Jones, NFL chief disciplinary officer, said as part of the league's letter to Elliott there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" indicating multiple instances of violence, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

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. The Columbus City Attorney's office announced in September that it would not pursue charges against Elliott because of "conflicting and inconsistent information," but the NFL can penalize a player even without legal charges.

The NFL announced changes to its personal conduct policy in 2014 that included a "baseline suspension of six games" for violations that included domestic violence, assault and battery after a full investigation was conducted into any allegations made against an NFL employee. 

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