The NFL Players Association recently turned over phone records and other documents to the NFL in regards to a longstanding investigation of domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott made by an ex girlfriend last July, a source confirmed.
The Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Elliott last September, citing conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents.
The NFL has continued to conduct its own investigation for the past 11 months.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday that the investigation remains ongoing, but allowed that we don’t discuss details of an open investigation.
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The recent developments of turned over phone records, first reported by USA Today, is evidence of some movement in what has been a protracted and lingering investigation.
The NFL interviewed Elliott in September and then sent him follow up questions in January.
“I do want closure. I do. I would rather them not drag it on as long. I think if there was something to find, which there’s not, they would’ve found it by now. The police did a very thorough investigation.
“I will tell you this – it just seems like they’re dragging their feet right now. Who knows, man? I just want it to end.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has also expressed frustration over what he believes is a pointless NFL investigation.
“There is absolutely nothing that concerns me about that investigation,” Jones said from the owners’ meetings in April.
And this was after he declared in March that the NFL has no cause to discipline Elliott.
“Absolutely nothing anywhere that indicates anything other than what they told us when we left training camp and that is that they have no cause,” Jones said at the NFL scouting combine. “There is just nothing. I know I would have heard about it. I would have the information if there were something. I know that.”
With the new phone records, might a resolution finally be on the horizon?