He said he was sincerely sorry for being a distraction and disruption to his family, friends, teammates, team and his fans.
Despite never being charged over the 2016 incident, Elliott has received a six-game ban, found in breach of the league's Personal Conduct Policy.
National Football League officials said in a statement Friday that it investigated Elliott's case thoroughly and determined that he violated the personal conduct policy. The NFL Players Association released a statement Friday saying it is reviewing the decision and has been in touch with Elliott and his representatives to consider all options.
"Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL's decision", Elliott's lawyers said.
"The NFL's findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it "cherry picks" so-called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence". The threat from the league means that Elliott needs to stay out of trouble.
The starters will see limited action at the Coliseum tonight, but it's a good time to get a first look at rookies and newcomers. Elliott, who led the league in rushing yardage and earned first-team all-pro honors, stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars, and possibly millions, in lost wages and signing-bonus money he may have to repay the team.
Jones also said four external advisers "were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that (Elliott) engaged in physical violence against (the alleged victim) on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016".