The NFL has been investigating domestic violence claims against Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott since July, but it appears the first-team All-Pro will emerge without punishment. Representatives for Elliott have advised him that he won’t face discipline when the league closes the case, which should happen soon, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
After the Cowboys’ season ended in January, the 21-year-old Elliott complained that the league’s investigation was taking too long.
“I do want closure,” Elliott said. “I would rather it not drag on this long. If there was something to find, which there’s not, they would’ve found it by now. The police did a very thorough investigation. I will tell you this — it just seems like they’re dragging their feet right now. Who knows, man? I’m just ready for it to end.”
Elliott’s statement came two months after a report that he was “Public Enemy No. 1” in the NFL’s view. The league has taken its time, and has gotten cooperation from Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, because it doesn’t want to botch yet another domestic violence investigation after it mishandled the Ray Rice and Josh Brown cases.
Elliott’s accuser claims that she was a victim of five separate domestic violence incidents when they were together, though the district attorney’s office in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue charges against him last September. For his part, the league’s reigning rushing champion has maintained his innocence.
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