Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended for six games based on evidence of several acts of violence towards his then girlfriend in 2016.
Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the report included "substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that Elliott engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016. Physical violence on multiple occasions."
Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, this was part of the findings written by four independent councillor-advisors, and not NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell. Ultimately they believed that the six-game suspension was warranted.
Rapoport was then asked if the Cowboys were aware of the acts of violence. He said "my understand is that... the Cowboys were aware of each instance that the league was investigating, and they have been aware throughout this entire process of how the league was proceeding, what they were doing, what records they were requesting."
That's interesting, said Rapoport, because several people close to Elliott did not think a suspension was coming. That includes Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
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.
Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.