Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott Suspended For 6 Games After NFL Finds 'Substantial' Proof Of Domestic Violence

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Looks like Dallas' bench will be pretty warm come September.

According to Bleacher Report, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games without pay following a yearlong investigation into his alleged role in a July 2016 domestic violence incident.

The NFL confirmed the decision in a release shared Friday, saying it found "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott was physically abusive to his then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson "on multiple occasions."

"Over the course of the last year, the league conducted an extensive investigation," the NFL said in its statement. "League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Mr. Elliott."

"The league also consulted with medical experts," the statement continued. "League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages, and other records of electronic communications."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is reportedly "furious" with the NFL's decision to suspend the 22-year-old football star, which is no surprise considering he was confident earlier this week that Elliott wouldn't be suspended.

Thompson accused Elliott of assaulting over the course of five days last July, causing injuries to her face, arms, neck, shoulders, wrists, hands, knee, and hips. 

She later posted photos of her bruises from the alleged abuse on Instagram:

Police originally investigated Thompson's claims last fall, but determined there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute Elliott.

Through his legal team, Elliott said Friday that he's "extremely disappointed with the NFL's decision" and announced plans to appeal his suspension.

"The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it 'cherry picks' so-called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence," his statement read.

If Elliott's suspension is not revoked, he'd be eligible to play his first game against the Washington Redskins on October 29.