Elliott relieved to 'finally get a fair trial' in suspension case

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott appeared to be at peace after leading his team to a 19-3 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

Elliott’s six-game suspension was placed on hold by a U.S. District Court Judge on Friday after it was ruled that the running back did not receive a fundamentally fair trial during his appeal process.

The All-Pro running back had been sanctioned on Aug. 11 for a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy following a league investigation into allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend.

Elliott, who was never charged or arrested, spoke candidly Sunday for the first time since June.

“It just feels good to be out here,” Elliott said via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “It’s definitely been a tough last 14 months, and at times, it’s gotten so hard you start to lose faith. But just being able to come in and be with these boys every day has kept me focused and made me not give up. I keep going.”

Elliott was dismayed that his name was being “dragged through the mud” but said he’s relieved to prove that he’s innocent and focus on football after a tumultuous summer.

“Just relieved from the fact that I finally get a fair trial,” Elliott said. “I finally get a chance to prove my innocence. And I’m just happy I’m able to be with these guys for as long as it’s permitted and just not having to miss time and not being away from them.”

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