The NFL's year-long investigation into domestic violence claims against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is still ongoing, and after reports that he had been told he was in the clear, Elliott is now bracing for a short suspension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Elliott was accused of beating a woman who he had a “sexual relationship” with in July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. However, police announced they would not file charges shortly thereafter because Elliott had proof that the woman asked a friend to lie about what happened.
However, it appears that the NFL does have some evidence that something happened between the two.
The league's policy requires a six-game suspension without pay for a first domestic violence offense, but that haven't always held firm on that stance. Former New York Giants kicker Josh Brown received just a one-game suspension last year after admitting to years of abusing his wife.
Elliott hasn’t done the greatest job of keeping himself out of trouble. He visited a legal marijuana dispensary before a preseason game last year and was caught pulling down a woman’s top at a St. Patrick's Day Parade (consensually, apparently). While neither event resulted in any type of discipline, it’s unclear if those incidents had any affect on this investigation.
Elliott led the NFL in rushing as a rookie last season, picking up 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns on 322 carries.
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