Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott’s legal trouble stemming from a domestic violence dispute he alleged had with his girlfriend may soon be coming to an end, and Cowboys legal advisor Frank Salzano firmly stated in his press release that Elliott will be cleared of all charges.
Salzano wasn’t at all shy about how he views the Elliott case and the way the media has portrayed it the last several weeks. He wrote in a press release Monday:
“For the past several days the media has elected to focus on allegation of domestic violence involving Mr. Elliott despite the Columbus, Ohio Prosecutor’s office conducted a thorough seven-week investigation whereby in their own words they “dotted every I and crossed every T” and concluded there was no credible evidence to file any charges against Mr. Elliott. My office provided a mountain of exculpatory evidence demonstrating Mr. Elliott’s innocence and directly contradicting all of the false allegations contained in the Accuser’s two police reports as first reported on July 22, 2016.
“Yet the media has chosen to deflect the recent negative press regarding the NFL’s reported mishandling of several domestic violence matters by focusing on the NFL’s prolonged investigation of Mr. Elliott. The NFL’s interview of Mr. Elliott was conducted over four weeks ago and went unreported at the time as it was then, and still remains a non-story. It is league protocol to conduct a separate investigation whenever there are allegations of domestic violence by one of its players.
We firmly believe that the NFL should promptly close its investigation which is only open because of their apprehensiveness stemming from the recent scruntiny it has come under for its handling of other domestic violence matters. Notwithstanding the forgoing, we remain firm that the NFL will clear Mr. Elliott of any wrongdoing and this matter can be finally put to rest.”
It should be noted that Salzano works for the Cowboys, and Elliott is a major reason why Dallas has already won more games than last season. He leads the NFL with 799 rushing yards and five touchdowns in seven games.