However, the National Football League handed Elliott a six-game suspension early Friday, sparking outrage within the organization. Needless to say, Twitter has plenty to say regarding a suspension more severe than what had been given to documented wife beaters.
Now, the NFL has finally announced that he will be suspended for the first six games of the upcoming season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The suspension decision comes after a year-long investigation into Elliott after he was accused of domestic violence in Columbus, Ohio. The NFL Players Association said in a statement it is "reviewing the decision and have been in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options".
Last September, the office of Columbus City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer cited conflicting and inconsistent information in the evidence in deciding against criminal charges. Commissioner Roger Goodell or a selected designee, usually former league executive Harold Henderson, would listen to the appeal. Harvey said an example was proof that photographs were taken by Thompson the same day she alleged that she was injured by Elliott.
Elliott's ban means the Cowboys will have four players suspended when last year's NFC East champions start the season in a month - with the possibility of losing two more. He would be eligible to return against division rivals the Washington Redskins on October 29.
There are signs an extended legal battle, perhaps similar to the one involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady following the Deflategate saga, could be on the horizon, though. If he does file, Elliott would then to schedule a hearing with the league within ten days of receipt of the notice.
"You should understand, however, that your behavior during this event was inappropriate and disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women", Todd Jones wrote.
Elliott helped key a Cowboys resurgence last season, rushing for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors. While the team features a solid backup tandem in Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, that's still a step down from one of the league's top playmakers.
Miami Dolphins rookie middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan will miss the entire 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during the team's preseason opener on Thursday.