Witten: Elliott can learn from my experience

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- A day after the Dallas Cowboys learned that they could be without Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the season, they expressed support for their teammate, but the perspective from Jason Witten comes from a different place.

As a child, Witten's family was affected by domestic violence, and his foundation serves women and families that have been touched by it.

"Look, there's no place for a man to put his hand on a woman, and most of you guys know that it's a situation that's affected my family as a kid, and I put a lot of work and attention and have a platform to step out and speak on stopping domestic violence," Witten said after Saturday's 13-10 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams. "Having said that, Zeke is continuing to work through it, and he's talked about that. The game and all that stuff, that's not what you deal with. He's our teammate, and we will continue to work through it with him and have this opportunity to grow from it, and I think that's what his focus is now."

The NFL announced the suspension Friday after a 13-month investigation into allegations that Elliott engaged in physical violence against a former girlfriend in July 2016. Elliott will appeal the ruling. He made a statement via social media Friday but did not address reporters as he left the Coliseum with a member of the Cowboys' security team.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team had a meeting about the situation, but Elliott did not address his teammates.

"We talked to our team about the situation and the importance of focusing on what we can control. We ca not control what the NFL does," Garrett said. "It's not my place to comment on whether I think it's justified."

Teammates were surprised at the length of the discipline, especially after owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on multiple occasions that he did not anticipate a suspension after seeing the information the NFL had.


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