Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided to drop charges last year in that case, in which a woman named Tiffany Thompson claimed that Elliott abused her on five separate occasions over a period of several days in July 2016. Thompson posted photos online showing bruises she said were on her body and were inflicted by Elliott, but he denied the allegations and Columbus authorities eventually cited “conflicting and inconsistent information” in declining to move forward.
However, the NFL has been conducting its own probe into those allegations, which could include a previous accusation by Thompson, lodged in Florida, that Elliott had hurt her by pushing her into a wall. The league might still punish the Cowboys running back and former Ohio State star for violating its personal-conduct policy.
The NFL could also look into Saturday’s incident, or at least consider it while possibly determining that Elliott, 21, needs to learn to show more respect to women. In a video posted by TMZ Sports, he is shown pulling down part of a woman’s shirt, exposing one of her breasts.
In a subsequent video, also posted by TMZ Sports and taken while Elliott and the woman were watching the parade from a rooftop bar, she swats his hand away before pulling her own shirt down. A representative for Elliott told the website that “the woman wasn’t upset,” and that she subsequently “hung out with Zeke and a group of friends after the parade ended.”
Regardless of whether the woman minded Elliott’s actions, the league could take a dim view of his behavior, particularly given his recent comments about its probe into the alleged incidents involving Thompson. “I do want closure. I do,” Elliott told reporters in January, after the Cowboys’ season ended with a playoff loss to the Packers.
“I would rather them not drag on as long,” Elliott, who received many rookie-of-the-year honors after leading the NFL in carries and rushing yards, continued. “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.”
Later in January, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he was “well aware of all of the circumstances involved” with Elliott’s case and that he has “felt good about it since training camp.” Jones added that “not one thing has come up or surfaced that in any way gives me any concern” about the league’s probe. The Cowboys have yet to offer a comment on Saturday’s episode.
“What happened in that video was sexual assault, period, full stop,” Shaunna Thomas, executive director of women’s-rights group Ultraviolet, told TMZ Sports. “The evidence for it is, he pulled down her shirt, exposed her breasts, and she slapped him away. She clearly didn’t want him to be doing it, she didn’t give him permission to do that.
“Ezekiel Elliott needs to be suspended. … Roger Goodell is in a position — yet again — to demonstrate that they do take seriously.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the league is aware of the video, but that it “will decline comment.”
|Ezekiel Elliott was the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft. (Ron Jenkins/Associated Press)|
EZEKIEL ELLIOTT EXPOSES WOMAN'S BREAST ON VIDEO, REPRESENTATIVE COMMENTS TO TMZ
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was seen on video pulling down a woman's shirt to expose her bare breast during a party at a bar for Dallas' St. Patrick's Day parade, according to TMZ.
The report states a representative for the running back said "it was all in good fun" and that the woman wasn't mad at Elliott. The rep said the woman continued to hang out with Elliott and his friends after the parade ended. Even if that's true, however, it's worrisome Elliott decided to expose a woman without her clear consent.
TMZ later updated their article stating they obtained another video taken moments after the exposure. TMZ noted that "Elliott reaches in a second time and she slaps him away before flashing her cleavage to the crowd below."
Elliott, 21, is currently being investigated by the NFL for a reported domestic violence incident in July. Elliott was not arrested or charged by police in that matter.
Will Ezekiel Elliott's St. Patrick's Day video end up on Roger Goodell's desk?
TMZ has posted two videos of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott appearing to pull down the shirt of a woman at a St. Patrick’s Day event, exposing her bare chest.
The video shows Elliott, having a beverage on a crowded bar rooftop, pulling down the woman’s shirt while a St. Patrick’s Day Parade went on below them this past Saturday. According to the report, a rep for Elliott told TMZ “it was all in good fun” and that the “woman wasn’t upset.” But the second of the two videos also appears to show her perhaps trying to ward off Elliott’s hand for a second grab of her shirt.
This incident could be a complete misunderstanding and a non-issue. But it also could be the kind of thing that attracts the attention of the league office. After all, Elliott — last season’s leading rusher as a rookie and one of the leaders in jersey sales — is already very much on the radar on one of the league’s most popular teams. But he hasn’t always been highly visible for the best reasons.
Remember, the NFL has not officially closed the book on allegations of domestic violence from 2016 made by Elliott’s ex-girlfriend. At the Super Bowl, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said there had not been any determination made on the case, which the league has investigated.
“I am not putting on any pressure on our investigators,” Goodell said on the Wednesday prior to Super Bowl LI. “We have highly trained, highly skilled people looking into this. We want them to be thorough and we want them to be fair and come to the right conclusion.
“When they do, they will notify me. At this point there’s no timetable.”
This TMZ report is a separate incident and might be treated as such. But the NFL could consider whether Elliott’s actions violate the personal conduct policy. Until we hear from the NFL — or Elliott or the woman from the parade — saying it’s much ado about nothing, there has to be a little bit of concern.