A 30-year-old 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.
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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.
Again, Elliott was not listed in the police report.
Mike Fisher reported for 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas that Elliott was involved in a physical altercation at Clutch Bar on Cedar Springs Road Sunday night. Adam Schefter of ESPN also confirmed the report.
But Elliott’s name came up quickly on social media.
Twitter user Tom Riddle wrote Sunday night, “I saw @EzekielElliott lay out a [------] out at clutch.”
Another patron, who asked that his name not be used following a conversation via direct message, said “it sure looked like” Elliott.
Michael Huffman, a bouncer from Wichita Falls who was in Dallas on Sunday night, shared on Facebook that Ibeneme, a deejay who goes by the name DJ d’Train, was the instigator and that Elliott didn’t do anything.
He reiterated his stance in a private message to the Star-Telegram.
“It didn’t go down like that,” said Huffman, who said he had a good view because he was close to Elliott hoping to get a selfie. “Everybody is saying that, but he didn’t throw the punch ...
“Zeke was just standing there arms folded chilling feeling the crowd. Then I seen DJ getting loud toward the vicinity of Zeke and then I see an overhand right come over the back of Zeke shoulder that landed square in DTrain’s face and he went to sleep. He didn’t even see it. Then the crowd circled and dispersed. I’m surprised a whole video hasn’t been released yet.”
Elliott’s representatives did not return messages seeking comment.
The Cowboys are aware of the situation and are attempting to gather all the facts, per a source.
The NFL is already 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 out of 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.
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 pursue criminal charges after reviewing the evidence.
Elliott also made headlines in March when he exposed a woman’s breasts during a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas.
He acknowledged in June that he had learned his lesson and was staying in more because of the litany of incidents and the scrutiny associated with them.
“Just trying to learn to stay out of the way,” Elliott said. “Whatever you do is going to be seen ... You learn from your mistakes, and if you don’t, it can be brutal. So it’s just part of life.”
It appears he is still learning the hard way.
Star-Telegram staff writer Drew Davison contributed to this report.