Ezekiel Elliott’s offseason of headline-generating drama added a new chapter over the weekend. According to various reports, the Cowboys’ second-year running back was involved in a Sunday-night altercation at Clutch Bar in Dallas, though he has not been arrested nor listed in any relevant police filings.
These reports come on the heels of last week’s news that Elliott could be suspended for the first game or two of the 2017 season as a result of the NFL’s ongoing investigation into whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Last July, a woman accused Elliott of assault, though charges were never filed in that case. Elliott’s camp denies he did anything to warrant discipline and previously called for the NFL to close its investigation.
At this point, there’s a lot of smoke and speculation surrounding Elliott, but little in the way of verifiable facts pertinent to either incident. The only thing that’s clear is that the status of the player who ran for 1,631 yards with 15 touchdowns as a rookie has quickly turned into one of the league’s biggest story lines as training camp approaches.