Ezekiel Elliott is both “surprised and disappointed” by the NFL’s decision to suspend him for six games, the former Ohio State running back and current Cowboys star tweeted Friday night.
Elliott said he “strongly disagree[s]” with the league’s ruling in his domestic violence case.
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) August 12, 2017
The NFL announced Friday that it would suspend the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year for six games after an investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident in July 2016. Elliott immediately announced his intention to appeal the suspension.
The NFL said in a statement Friday that its investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including the alleged victim, and reviewed photographic evidence.
After playing three seasons at Ohio State, Elliott was selected by the Cowboys No. 4 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he rushed for a league-high 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.
If Elliott’s suspension is upheld, he will be eligible to return Oct. 29 against Washington.