The NFL laid out its case against Ezekiel Elliot in a letter written to the Dallas Cowboys running back.
In the letter, the league outlines how Elliot had beaten his girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, three times in one week, beginning on July 17, 2016.
The first incident, they say, took place on July 17 at Canvasback Lane apartments in Columbus, Ohio: “You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s arms, neck and shoulders.”
The second incident was on July 19 at the same location: “You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s face, arms, wrists and hands.”
The third was on July 21 at the apartments: “You used physical force that caused injuries to Ms. Thompson’s face, neck, arms knee and hips.”
The NFL also said that it spoke to prosecutors to ask why Elliot had not been charged with a crime and were told, “We never concluded that she was lying to us … we generally believed her for all of the incidents,” but there was “conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents, resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges.”
However, because the NFL does not require as much evidence as prosecutors do, the league outlined in its letter that Elliot would be suspended without pay for six games.