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Ezekiel Elliott withdraws appeal, will serve full 6-game ban


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FRISCO, Texas -- The next time Ezekiel Elliott carries the football for the Dallas Cowboys will be Dec. 24 against the Seattle Seahawks.

Elliott has withdrawn his appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 1 for a potential preliminary injunction, a last-ditch effort to fend off a full six-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

In a statement Wednesday, Elliott's agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, said: "In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forgo any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension. This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott's desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends.

"This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL's mismanagement of its disciplinary process. Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment."

Last week, Elliott saw his eligibility come to an end when the 2nd Circuit removed a temporary administrative stay that allowed him to play Nov. 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

This ends a saga that started in July 2016 when a former girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence over multiple days in Columbus, Ohio. Although authorities in Ohio chose not to press charges against Elliott, the NFL conducted a 13-month investigation and on Aug. 11 announced it had persuasive evidence that Elliott committed domestic violence, which led to a six-game suspension.

Elliott has said he is innocent throughout the process.


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He should've served it at the beginning of the season so it wouldn't had been such a big distraction throughout the season.


Now he has to sit out and watch his team try to push for the playoffs during the most critical time of the season without him.


Both Elliott and Jerry did not think this thing through. There was no way that Elliott wasn't going to serve his time eventually. He should've done like Brady did last season and got it out of the way for good early in the season.

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Real men are transparent when it comes to their mistakes. Just read Louis CK's latest comments about his transgressions. A dude doesn't accept a punishment for which he is innocent. I have to believe on some level Zeke knew he was in the wrong. I have a lot more respect for him today. 

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