Ezekiel Elliott responds to six-game suspension

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Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday the team supports running back Ezekiel Elliott after the National Football League suspended him six games following a lengthy investigation into a series of alleged domestic violence and those who commit those acts must be held accountable.

In the tweet, which contained a screenshot of a note with no accompanying text, Elliott recognized and apologized for the distraction his off-field behavior has caused.

"I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL's decision today, and I strongly disagree with the League's findings", Elliott said in his statement, which was posted to social media. "I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans - for that I am sincerely sorry". The policy gave Commissioner Roger Goodell authority to suspend players for at least six games in domestic cases, with or without a conviction. In his rookie season, Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Elliott will be appealing the suspension and will have the full support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones throughout the process. Elliott & his reps are "extremely disappointed".

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The NFL Players' Association also issued a statement saying it is reviewing the league's decision and has been "in touch with Ezekiel and his representatives to consider all options". "During the upcoming weeks and through this appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light", the attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum, said in a news release. He can play in preseason games and practice until September 2, regardless of the outcome of the appeal.

Elliott, who turned 22 last month, has three days to appeal the ruling.

Even before the first preseason game, the New York Giants jettisoned another lousy draft pick.

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