Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for his alleged involvement in a domestic violence case was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Elliott and his team of attorneys released a statement after the decision was made public on Tuesday night that expressed disappointment.
“The evidence that Mr. Elliott and his team presented on appeal clearly demonstrated that Mr. Elliott was the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the National Football League and its officers to keep exonerating evidence from the decision-makers, including the advisers and Roger Goodell... Mr. Elliott is looking forward to having his day in federal court where the playing field will be level in the NFL will have to answer for it's unfair and unjust practices,” the statement read in part.
Elliott is currently pursuing a temporary restraining order on Henderson’s ruling in federal court with the NFLPA. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports a ruling that will either allow Elliott to play this season or allow him to play in Week 1, then serve his six-game suspension will be made by Friday at 5 p.m.
Regardless of the outcome, the NFL will allow Elliott to play during the Cowboys season opener on Sunday night against the New York Giants, according to Pelissero.
After a three-day appeal hearing last week that included Elliott giving his testimony, the NFL filed a motion to dismiss the NFLPA temporary restraining order and the case against Elliott that stems from a July 2016 alleged domestic violence involving Elliott’s ex-girlfriend.
Here’s was fans had to say about Elliott’s six-game suspension: