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Decision soon? Ezekiel Elliott, NFLPA submit final response to NFL

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Hundreds of youngsters showed up at North Grand Prairie's Gopher Bowl on Thursday morning to meet their new football coach for the day, Dallas Cowboys' star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
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Hundreds of youngsters showed up at North Grand Prairie's Gopher Bowl on Thursday morning to meet their new football coach for the day, Dallas Cowboys' star running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The NFL’s yearlong investigation into domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott is seemingly finally nearing its conclusion.

Per an NFL Network report, the league completed its investigative phase and has shared its findings with the NFL Players Association and Elliott.

The NFLPA has also provided “a final response” to the league in hopes of answering any lingering questions.

The NFL has made no recommendation one way or another on potential discipline and its still unknown whether he will be suspended, according to the report.

Charges were never filed against the Elliott by the Columbus City Attorney following the allegations of a former girlfriend. The case was dropped because of inconsistent and conflicting information.

Elliott has long maintained his innocence.

If the league does suspend him, it could open a Pandora’s box for NFL players as the league would essentially be siding with the word of an accuser over a player, despite the case being dropped by legal authorities because of a lack of evidence.

ESPN reported last week that the league is trying “to pin something” on Elliott and that he should brace for a short suspension.

Complicating matters are Elliott’s questionable actions outside of the investigation, drawing further scrutiny for the league.

Elliott was seen in videos and photos pulling down a woman’s shirt and exposing her breast on the roof of a Dallas bar during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in March.

Last Sunday, he was also allegedly involved in an altercation at a Dallas night club. Dallas police suspended its investigation in the matter Wednesday because of a lack of witnesses and a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim.

The Cowboys leave for training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Saturday

A final decision could come soon after.

Clarence Hill: 817-390-7760, @clarencehilljr

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