Before the Dallas Cowboys head off to California for training camp this weekend, Coach Jason Garrett plans to meet with second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott on Friday.
Ezekiel Elliott has been involved in a couple of suspension-worthy off-the-field incidents, and Coach Garrett has yet to have a word with Elliott regarding them. While at a bar this past Sunday (July 16), Elliott was allegedly involved in a fight which resulted in a 30-year-old man being knocked down after getting hit in the nose, which then led to the man being hospitalized. Luckily for Elliott, the Dallas police have suspended their investigation. When asked why, the police stated that there were no complaints and that no other witnesses have come forward.
Garrett refused to comment on Sunday’s incident, but strongly stated that the team is supporting Elliott:
“We’re still gathering information on what that whole situation was. Zeke’s someone we believe very strongly in as a person and as a football player. We’re going to continue to believe in him and try to put a structure around him and all of our players to help them make great decisions and grow — grow on and off the field.”
Last season’s NFL leading rusher was also caught driving 100 mph in a 70-mph zone back in April, though Elliott is appealing the ticket. In addition, Elliott was also seen visiting a legal marijuana shop last year before a preseason game in Seattle, and was also caught on video pulling down a woman’s shirt at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Furthermore, the NFL is still looking into a domestic assault allegation last summer by Tiffany Thomson, Zeke’s former girlfriend.
“Just for every woman out there getting abused it’s time to put a stop to it. This has been happening to me for months and it finally got out of control to where I was picked up and thrown across the room by my arms. Thrown into walls. Being choked to where I have to gasp for breath. Bruised everywhere, mentally and physically abused.”
Stacy Elliott, Zeke’s father, completely disagrees. Stacy has denied all of the allegations against his son on a Facebook post, stating:
“Ezekiel has done nothing wrong. The police have investigated this matter and the eyewitnesses have verified the lack of any wrongdoing.”
When asked if Elliott might be suspended, Garrett replied:
“I have no real comment on that. I don’t want to speak to any specific incident, but there’s no question when something happens off the field we have to address it. We have to make sure that we’re on top of it and we understand what happened and get all the information about what happened or what didn’t happen and address it accordingly and hold ourselves and each other accountable to what the standards are. And we’ll continue to do that.”
Coach Garrett avoided speaking about any of the off-the-field incidents Elliott has been accused of, but has agreed that whenever an issue occurs off the field, they must address the issue in a proper fashion every time.
Elliott has yet to be punished by the police or the NFL, but can all of these incidents off the field lead the NFL to suspending Ezekiel Elliott for violating the league’s personal conduct policy? We will continue to wait.