Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliot has been suspended for six games by league officials on Friday for violating NFL’s personal conduct policy.
The 22-year old will not be paid during his suspension. The NFL said its decision came after an “extensive investigation” into a domestic violence complaint that was made against the star last year.
In February 2016 a woman said that she suffered an injury after the football player pushed her against a wall during an argument in Florida. The police report was first obtained by USA TODAY. The woman refused to go to hospital and Elliot was not arrested, according to the report.
She said she was Elliot’s girlfriend, a claim he denied. Five months after her first complaint, the woman made another against the football player. She said he assaulted her in Ohio and over several days.
The NFL announced on Friday that more than 12 witnesses were interviewed, including the woman who alleged this physical violence.
“The league also consulted with medical experts. League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications,” the NFL said.
His suspension will start when the regular season begins, on September 2. Elliot has three days to appeal the suspension, and a hearing would be held with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or a different league official.
If the suspension goes ahead, Elliot can still partake in preseason practices and games, and can return fully by October 23.