Ezekiel Elliott may be in hot water again. The Dallas Cowboys running back was reportedly involved in an altercation at a Dallas bar Sunday, which is “another log on the fire” for a player already under NFL investigation due to a 2016 domestic-violence accusation.
Are the Cowboys worried about their star player? And if they’re not, should they be?
“They aren’t worried that he’s done anything criminal,” Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan Cowboys insider Mike Fisher said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “They were highly aware when they drafted him of his reputation for being a party guy, and this organization, like everybody else in the NFL, they’ll assign you somebody to kind of bodyguard you. Elliott has those people at his disposal.
“But it would be impossible for the Cowboys to pretend they’re not concerned,” Fisher continued. “The domestic-violence allegations . . . came from the same woman, (and) law-enforcement officials in Texas, Ohio, and Florida all disproved her claims. But that doesn’t mean that the NFL doesn’t think that there might be some fire under the smoke.”
And if the NFL discovers fire, Elliott could be suspended.
“As we know, for everybody from Tom Brady to Greg Hardy, King Goodell can do whatever he wants,” Fisher said, referring to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “He can suspend you for zero games or 1,000 games, and there’s really nothing you can do about it except appeal back to Roger Goodell again – and we know how that goes.”
Elliott, 21, was an All-Pro as a rookie, rushing 322 times for 1,631 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 32 balls for 363 yards and a score.
“All the more reason that the Cowboys wish that Zeke could just turn it down 11 notches,” Fisher said. “That doesn’t mean he’s guilty of anything; it just means that when he goes before the NFL, before the commissioner, in the coming days to plead his case on this accumulation of behaviors, it make this argument more difficult because the league doesn’t have to have the law say you’re guilty of a crime. The league has the power to simply say that the appearance of or our suspicions of or the accumulation of (offenses could warrant a suspension).”
Violating the NFL’s domestic-violence policy could result in a minimum six-game suspension.
“In a sense, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys are getting a break because he gets to go before the NFL accuser and plead his case,” Fisher said. “That’s highly unusual. And it tells you that the league doesn’t, to me, have evidence of a crime; the league just has suspicions of an issue.”