Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported on Thursday that NFL investigators recently conducted an interview with Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott regarding domestic violence allegations.
Elliott’s ex-girlfriend filed a police report in July accusing him of assaulting her in a car. However, the Columbus, Ohio City Attorney’s Office cleared Elliott of any wrongdoing in early September and decided against charging him with a crime. The attorney’s office cited conflicting statements as the reasoning behind declining to charge Elliott.
The NFL does not require a charge or a conviction of wrongdoing in order to exact punishment.
The league has taken some heat in recent weeks regarding their handling of former New York Giants’ kicker Josh Brown’s alleged history of domestic violence. Though Brown has not been charged, either, the league suspended him one game earlier this season due to his actions off the field. The NFL also independently investigated the domestic violence case against former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice in 2014.
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The Cowboys drafted Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in April out of Ohio State. The rookie has wasted little time in establishing himself as one of the league’s most explosive backs and he currently leads the NFL with 703 yards rushing on 137 attempts. He has also scored five touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 98 yards for the 5-1 Cowboys.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on the matter on Thursday, instead saying that the league continues to review the matter. The rookie rusher is expected to be on the field for Dallas this Sunday night when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles.