Dallas Cowboys team captain and tight end Jason Witten let his opinion on domestic violence be known in the wake of teammate Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension.
And if there's one thing the 35-year-old doesn't stand for, it's domestic violence.
"I'm not privy to all the information that's gone on over the last year," Witten told the Dallas Morning News.
"I'd say this: there's no place for a man to put his hand on a woman. Most of you guys know that that's a situation that's affected my family as a younger kid. ...I have a platform to step out and speak on stopping domestic violence.
"So having said that, Zeke's continued to work through it. How many games [he's suspended] and all that stuff, that's not really what we deal with. He's our teammate and continue to work through it with him and have this opportunity to grow from it and I think that's what his focus is right now."
Witten said the Cowboys have addressed the suspension as a team and he has had some discussions with Elliott.
Per the News, "fighting domestic violence is also personal to Witten, whose own family experienced it during his youth. His foundation has launched programs to try to prevent domestic violence. The NFL says it found evidence that Elliott used physical force against a woman he had an intimate relationship with in July 2016. Witten made it clear he didn't know all the particulars of Elliott's case."
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.