Game Over: Zeke drops appeal, will serve out 6 game NFL suspension

FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott is throwing in the towel.

The Dallas Cowboys’ running back has withdrawn the appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. But his agents released a statement saying this does NOT mean their client’s guilty of domestic violence.

The statement reads:

“In consultation with the NFL Players Association and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forego 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.”

This means, if nothing else changes, Zeke will sit out the the remaining five games of his suspension. He’ll return on Christmas Eve when the Cowboys play the Seahawks at home.