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Saturday, 12 August 2017

NFL star suspended over domestic abuse, months after pulling down a woman's top

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games after domestic violence incidents, the NFL announced. The move came after a yearlong league investigation into claims he abused his then-girlfriend in Ohio in 2016. 

The 22-year-old footballer will be suspended without pay for "violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy". The suspension also voids the guarantees in his four-year - nearly $25m (£19.2) contract - with the Cowboys.

He may also be forced to forfeit other payments received from the team including over $1m in signing bonus pay. The ruling also requires Elliott to be evaluated for counselling or treatment and to provide evidence that he has followed up on any recommendations made.

Tiffany Thompson, who alleges the abuse, described her relationship with the star athlete as "toxic". She claims that he attacked her five separate times in July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Elliot has been involved in a number of off-the-field incidents. A video in March showed the football star pulling down a woman's top at a St Patrick's Day parade in Dallas.

The NFL cited the video in its letter to Elliott, calling it "inappropriate and disturbing, and reflecting a lack of respect for women", but said it did not factor into its decision. He also reportedly punched a man and sent him to the hospital during an altercation at a nightclub in July.

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