Ezekiel Elliott’s accuser issued a statement Saturday in a social media post, saying that “exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever,” the website TMZ Sports reported.
She calls her relationship “very toxic.” She did not mention Elliott by name.
The woman accused the Dallas Cowboys running back of domestic violence on five separate occasions, from July 17 to July 22, 2016. Elliott has said the woman was not his girlfriend but a “female acquaintance.”
“Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever. Loving someone as much as I did, putting my all in no matter what happened. I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship. Ladies never think you’re too in love or too scared to leave because at one point that was me. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for you. Love yourself first. Speak up and stop domestic violence.”
In September, the city attorney’s office in Columbus, Ohio, said it had declined to approve criminal charges against Elliott “primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information.”
Elliott was never arrested or charged, and he has maintained his innocence.
The NFL, which does not need legal charges or a conviction to pursue a possible violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, has kept an investigation open in the year since the accusations.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that Elliott is “bracing for a short suspension. Maybe one game, maybe two games.”
Schefter tweeted Friday that the NFL “will not announce any possible Ezekiel Elliott discipline today, nor this weekend.”
An NFL Network report on Friday said the league had completed its investigative phase and had shared its findings with the NFL Players Association and Elliott.
NFL.com reported that the same woman called police on Elliott in February 2016 in Florida, alleging she suffered shoulder pain when Elliott pushed her against a wall. That allegation came before the Cowboys drafted Elliott No. 4 overall.