A report has linked Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott to another alleged domestic violence incident.
USA Today is reporting that the woman who accused Elliott of domestic violence this summer made a similar claim in Florida last February.
The report states that the Aventura (Fla.) Police Department said there were no visible signs of injury and that the accuser declined to go to the hospital after police responded to a call about an altercation at Elliott’s apartment Feb. 12.
Elliott wasn’t arrested and the case wasn’t forwarded to prosecutors, and the alleged victim didn’t pursue charges on her own.
The same woman accused Elliott again of domestic violence in five separate incidents in July, and the Columbus, Ohio prosecutor’s office investigated the matter. After a lengthy investigation, they decided there was not enough to go forward with charges against Elliott.
Last month, Robert Tobias, Columbus’ prosecution resources unit director, said that Elliott’s case would not be re-opened even though the NFL continues to review the matter.
“I know the NFL is doing its own investigation separate and distinct from our office,” Tobias said. “We are not working with the NFL in any way, other than to make public records available.”
Even without facing legal charges, Elliott is still subject to suspension by the NFL if it deems he violated the personal conduct policy.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounded confident that Elliott would not face discipline by the league when asked about it following Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.
“People that have a lot more information than I have have given him a total clean bill of health,” Jones said. “I do know that all the real information that anybody has is that he doesn’t have an issue.”
Jones acknowledged he talked with Lisa Friel, the NFL’s special counsel involving personal conduct issues, at the owners’ meetings in Houston. He described it as a “good discussion” and said he might have raised his voice to “talk over the music.”
Asked if this matter would be closed by the NFL, Jones had a lengthy response:
“I don’t know that the NFL has a closure, has a situation where they’ve cut it close, which could be a frailty of the system. As you know in law, one of the things in the Constitution is that not only are you innocent before proven guilty, you get quick addressing and then you don’t get it drawn out. It has certain time frames and has a lot of economic limitations. So we have to, in my mind, just make sure that we inject that in the type of looking for information that we do in the NFL.
“But law has many, if you will a couple 100 years at least, working on through how you basically create some timeframes, create how it’s initiated, create what the circumstances are about. And several which pertain to the NFL and companies, they don’t necessarily have to go by that. We have a different deal though. We’re so public and our issues are so public that we don’t afford some of the things for some of the players, other people involved in the NFL, that the law does.”