Re­ports: El­liott in fight

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

DAL­LAS — A 30-yearold man was as­saulted Sun­day night in an in­ci­dent that in­volved Dal­las Cowboys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports Mon­day, but po­lice did not name a sus­pect in the case.

No one was ar­rested and no sus­pects were listed in a pre­lim­i­nary re­port, Dal­las po­lice said in a Mon­day news re­lease.

“Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the vic­tim did not know who as­saulted him,” of­fi­cer Melinda Gu­tier­rez said in the news re­lease. “The vic­tim was trans­ported to an area hospi­tal for non-life threat­en­ing in­juries.”

The vic­tim, Nke­makola Iben­eme, 30, of Dal­las, told po­lice he was punched in the nose, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Of­fi­cers were dis­patched to a dis­tur­bance call at 9:40 p.m. Sun­day in the 2500 block of Cedar Springs Road.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent con­tin­ued, po­lice said.

Mike Fisher re­ported for 105.3 FM The Fan in Dal­las that El­liott was in­volved in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with a bouncer at Clutch Bar on Cedar Springs Road on Sun­day night. Adam Shefter of ESPN also con­firmed the re­port.

The NFL is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

“We are aware of the mat­ter and look­ing into it to un­der­stand the facts,” McCarthy said in an email.

El­liott, drafted fourth over­all from Ohio State in 2016 is un­der NFL in­ves­ti­ga­tion stem­ming from a 2016 do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ac­cu­sa­tion. The run­ning back has been prepar­ing a re­sponse to the league to be submitted in the next week, sources told Schefter. The Cowboys have stood by El­liott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touch­downs last sea­son.

El­liott’s for­mer girl­friend filed a po­lice re­port that al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence by El­liott on five oc­ca­sions from July 17, 2016, to July 22, 2016. The Colum­bus, Ohio, city pros­e­cu­tor de­clined to ap­prove crim­i­nal charges be­cause there wasn’t enough sub­stance to pur­sue charges.

Be­fore a pre­sea­son Cowboys game in Seat­tle, El­liott vis­ited a recre­ational mar­i­juana shop in Seat­tle, where pos­ses­sion of small amounts is le­gal. He made no pur­chase at Her­ban Leg­end, but his pres­ence in the shop con­cerned Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, given that the NFL con­sid­ers the sub­stance banned un­der terms of the col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing

agree­ment with the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Well, I think that, in and of it­self, the rea­son we are talk­ing about it is in a way part of the learn­ing process,” Jones said in Au­gust 2016. “But it’s not good. It’s just not good.”

El­liott also made head­lines in March when he ex­posed a woman’s breast dur­ing a St. Pa­trick’s Day pa­rade in Dal­las.

Un­der the NFL’s per­sonal-con­duct pol­icy, which was re­vised when the NFL’s han­dling of do­mes­tic cases was con­demned in the fall of 2014, a player can be sus­pended without be­ing ar­rested or charged. De­spite the new pol­icy, the NFL has strug­gled to find its bal­ance on the mat­ter and came un­der fire last year for its han­dling of the case in­volv­ing New York Gi­ants kicker Josh Brown.

El­liott seemed to un­der­stand that his suc­cess on the field led to greater scru­tiny off it. “Just try­ing to learn to stay out of the way,” El­liott he told re­porters dur­ing a June mini­camp. “What­ever you do is go­ing to be seen …

“You learn from your mis­takes,” he said, “and if you don’t, it can be bru­tal.”

Cowboys train­ing camp opens July 24.


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