Time­line of El­liott’s prob­lems.

Off-field prob­lems mar run­ning back’s achieve­ments on the grid­iron

The Dallas Morning News - - SPORTS DAY - By KATE HAIROPOULOS Staff Writer khairopou­los@dal­las­news.com

A re­view of run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott’s event­ful ca­reer so far with the Cow­boys:

April 28, 2016: Draft night

The Cow­boys se­lect El­liott with the No. 4 over­all pick of the NFL draft, the high­est pick the club has spent on a run­ning back since No. 2 Tony Dorsett in 1977.

July 22, 2016: Ohio in­ci­dent

An Ohio woman files two po­lice re­ports on El­liott's 21st birth­day al­leg­ing El­liott abused her dur­ing mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents. El­liott is not ar­rested. The Cow­boys make it clear they will sup­port El­liott.

Aug. 26, 2016: Pot shop

El­liott vis­its a mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary in Seat­tle be­fore his first pre­sea­son game in the NFL. Pot is le­gal in Wash­ing­ton but banned by the NFL. The Cow­boys’ front of­fice crit­i­cizes the de­ci­sion and says it hopes El­liott learns from it. He im­presses in his de­but.

Sept. 6, 2016: No charges

The City At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in Colum­bus, Ohio, an­nounces it will not pur­sue charges against El­liott be­cause of “con­flict­ing and in­con­sis­tent in­for­ma­tion.” Some of the doc­u­ments from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion show that the al­leged vic­tim asked a friend to lie to po­lice. Oth­ers show El­liott’s con­cern over tak­ing a drug test and the al­leged vic­tim iden­ti­fy­ing her­self as a “sex slave.” Later, an at­tor­ney in the city at­tor­ney’s of­fice said he thinks a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tions of vi­o­lence oc­curred be­tween El­liott and his ac­cuser, though he de­clined to be more ex­pan­sive.

Sept. 25, 2016: 'Zeke Leap'

El­liott leaps over safety Chris Prosin­ski to gain 14 yards and a first down in a win over the Chicago Bears. It’s the first time “Zeke Leap” en­ters the con­scious­ness of Cow­boys fans. El­liott starts to break out af­ter a slow start in his first two NFL games.

Nov. 4, 2016: Florida in­ci­dent re­vealed

A USA To­day re­port re­veals po­lice had been called pre­vi­ously to in­ves­ti­gate an in­ci­dent be­tween the same woman who al­leged abuse by El­liott in July. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Fe­bru­ary 2016 in Florida, where El­liott was pre­par­ing for the NFL draft. El­liott wasn’t ar­rested and didn’t face charges. Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones con­tin­ues to stand by El­liott and said he wasn’t sur­prised by the re­port.

Nov. 13, 2016: Three TDs

El­liott scores three touch­downs, in­clud­ing two in the fi­nal two min­utes, in a 35-30 win over Pitts­burgh.

Dec. 18, 2016: Ket­tle jump

El­liott celebrates a touch­down in a win over the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers by jump­ing into a Sal­va­tion Army ket­tle. He is flagged but not fined for the mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tion, which helps raise money for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Jan. 29, 2017: Pro Bowl

El­liott takes part in his first Pro Bowl in Or­lando, Fla., af­ter lead­ing the NFL in rush­ing as a rookie. He's even­tu­ally de­ter­mined to be the first rookie to lead the NFL in to­tal mer­chan­dise sales.

March 11, 2017: Greenville block party

El­liott is cap­tured on video pulling down the top of a woman dur­ing St. Patrick’s Day revelry in Dal­las’ Lower Greenville neigh­bor­hood.

July 16, 2017: Bar fight

El­liott, a source said, is in­volved in an in­ci­dent at Up­town night­club Clutch that ends with a lo­cal DJ suf­fer­ing a bro­ken nose. Dal­las po­lice in­ves­ti­gate but soon sus­pend the in­quiry when the DJ and wit­nesses don’t co­op­er­ate.

Aug 11, 2017: Sus­pen­sion

The NFL an­nounces a sixgame sus­pen­sion for El­liott af­ter con­clud­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether he vi­o­lated the league’s per­sonal-con­duct pol­icy. El­liott plans to ap­peal.

Ver­non Bryant/Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

The first “Zeke Leap” came in a Septem­ber game vs. the Chicago Bears, as El­liott vaulted over safety Chris Prosin­ski for a 14-yard gain in a Cow­boys vic­tory at AT&T Sta­dium.

2016 File Photo/The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ezekiel El­liott posed with NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell af­ter the Cow­boys chose El­liott fourth in the draft. Six­teen months later, Good­ell has sus­pended El­liott for six games.

Tom Pen­ning­ton/Getty Images

El­liott risked a pot of trou­ble when he leaped into the Sal­va­tion Army red ket­tle af­ter a De­cem­ber touch­down vs. Tampa Bay.

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