TMZ has obtained a leaked copy of a confidential letter from NFL Senior Vice President Todd Jones addressed to Ezekiel Elliott, informing the Cowboys running back of his six-game suspension to start the 2017 season.
The six-page letter details the background of the investigation, and specifically describes which of Elliott’s alleged actions were in violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. It was previously assumed Elliott was under investigation by the league for domestic violence, but unknown which of numerous off-field incidents were being considered by the league.
The letter cites three separate incidents of alleged domestic violence against girlfriend Tiffany Thompson on July 17, 19, and 21, 2016 that occurred while the two were residing in Columbus, Ohio. Thompson reported the incidents to to the Columbus Police Department on July 22, 2016. The report states that a review of the evidence concluded that Elliott caused physical injuries to Thompson.
No subsequent criminal charges were filed against Elliott over these allegations.
—> New York Daily News article after news of theses incidents became public.
Elliott’s conduct at a St. Patrick’s Day party, where he was filmed pulling down a woman’s shirt and exposing her breasts was also cited. The letter said the conduct was “inappropriate, disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women.”
Most will remember that a video of Elliott pulling down the woman’s shirt quickly went viral:
Click this link to read a PDF of the full 6-page letter from the NFL to Elliott.