Cowboys' Elliott withdraws appeal, will serve ban
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[November 16, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Dallas
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has withdrawn his appeal of his
six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct
policy, his agents announced in a statement on Wednesday.
Elliott sat out the first game of his suspension in Sunday's 27-7
loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The 22-year-old will be eligible to
return to the Cowboys (5-4) on Christmas Eve against the Seattle
Elliott's agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, released the
following statement on Wednesday:
"In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful
deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr.
Elliott has decided to forgo any further appeals and will serve the
"This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current
legal landscape. Mr. Elliott's desire for closure in this matter is
in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his
teammates, family and friends. This decision is in no way an
admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the
legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure
of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure
of the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process.
"Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come
back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release
a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we
have no further comment."
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) reacts after
scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Kansas City
Chiefs at AT&T Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Elliott had his most recent legal motion denied by the 2nd U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in New York last Thursday.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott for six games on
Aug. 11 after a 13-month investigation concluded he was in violation
of the league's personal-conduct policy for an incident in the
summer of 2016.
Elliott, who was not arrested or charged in the case, maintains his
innocence after being accused of assaulting former girlfriend
Tiffany Thompson in Columbus, Ohio.
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