No domestic abuse charges will be filed against Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Columbus, Ohio, prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.
The investigation is complete.
“After reviewing the totality of the evidence, the City Attorney’s Office, Prosecutor Division is declining to approve criminal charges in this matter for any of the 5 alleged incidents. This is primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges,” the release said.
Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott, tweeted the following: “My son has been vindicated! Truth has prevailed! If he had violated one of OUR core values I personally would have had him charged! #Justice ”
Elliott has maintained no wrongdoing in statements to police. The Cowboys have stood by Elliott throughout.
Tiffany Thompson filed a police report that included allegations of domestic violence by Elliott on five separate occasions from July 17 to July 22 of this year.
Upon completion of the initial investigative phase, the complaint was evaluated by a prosecutor. The evaluation called for follow up with several witnesses and a closer examination of all the evidence presented.
After reviewing all the evidence, the prosecution decided not to go forward with any charges against Elliott.
“During the past six weeks my office, along with local counsel, have worked diligently and cooperatively with the Prosecutor’s office providing it with an abundance of evidence clearly demonstrating Mr. Elliott’s innocence. On behalf of Mr. Elliott and his family, we would like to express our satisfaction with the Prosecutor’s office decision of electing not to file charges against Mr. Elliott,” said Frank Salzano, Elliott’s legal advisor and co-agent/contract advisor. “We are very pleased that the Prosecutor’s office thoroughly reviewed and weighed all of the evidence in coming to their decision. Mr. Elliott is looking forward to putting this behind him and continuing his focus on all things positive, both on and off the field.”
Despite today’s ruling in Ohio, the NFL is still investigating the matter. Elliott could still be punished by the league.
The Cowboys open the season Sunday at home against the New York Giants.
“We are happy to move on to football and look forward to playing against the Giants,” Salzano said. “I can’t control what they (NFL) do.”