The Columbus, Ohio district attorney’s office is not pursuing charges against Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in relation to domestic assault charges levied earlier this year, tweets Ed Werder of ESPN.com. However, the NFL is continuing to investigate Elliott, and the fourth overall selection in this year’s draft could now be dealing with yet another off-the-field concern.
In court documents unearthed by Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram, Elliott and his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson have a text conversation about an upcoming drug test that the Dallas rookie was scheduled to take. Thompson told Elliott, “I know you’re stressed out, if you need me call me. Just do everything you can to pass your drug test tomorrow. You’ll be okay. I’m here for you.” Elliot’s response: “I’m gonna pass…About to live in this sauna the next 24 hours.”
Of course, such an exchange proves no nefarious behavior on the part of Elliott, but as Davison points out, the conversation, when taken in tandem with Elliott’s visit to a Seattle marijuana shop last month, could mean the rookie running back is headed for the NFL’s substance abuse program. The program doesn’t require a failed test for entry — “behavior which…exhibits physical, behavioral, or psychological signs or symptoms of misuse of Substances of Abuse” is enough, according to the league’s policy.
“Well, I think that, in and of itself, the reason we are talking about it is in a way part of the learning process,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of Elliot’s journey last month. “But it’s not good. It’s just not good. It’s just not good.”
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