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Marcus Spears: Ezekiel Elliott has to “stop being dumb, man”

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott isn’t being called out only by former football players from the college he attended. Elliott is now facing scrutiny from a former Cowboy.

The guy’s just gotta stop being dumb, man,” former Cowboys defensive lineman Marcus Spears said recently on 103.3 FM in Dallas, via the Dallas Morning News. “That’s really what it boils down to. And I’m not going to speak on it like I know all of the particulars but I saw it and I don’t understand it. I was talking to my wife last night about it. With all of the social media, all of the media coverage that we give because we have to and we have to talk about these things, you would think that these guys would have in their minds and they would understand that I have things that I can’t do. And not as a football player but just as a human. At the end of the day, the eye of the world is on Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott because of the success that they had. They not only have the eye of the world but they play for the Dallas Cowboys, who are always in the eye of public.”

Spears, a first-round pick in 2005 who spent eight years with the team, raised a great point regarding whether the training players receive as they enter the league is working.

“When you see stuff like that, you just sit back and ask yourself what part of the message that the seminars and the speakers and the daily talks and the news coverage and the social media world doesn’t stick?” Spears said. “Because guys are still out here doing things that are crazy in my mind. So I hate to be judgmental but the most important thing for Zeke is to continue to mature. . . . [T]he decisions that they’re making at 21, 22 years old while they’re playing in the league, while everybody is kissing their butt and telling them how great they are will have a profound impact on them moving forward when they’re done playing football. Once you leave the field, people have a tendency to forget about you and all they do is remember the bad things.”

Spears’ advice for Elliott?

“I think Zeke just needs to lay low,” Spears said. “Have fun, man, have fun. He’s young. But do it in the right way and the respectable manner. At the end of the day no one can fault you for trying to enjoy the hard work and the labor that you put in to put yourself in this position. But you also have a responsibility to not only yourself but your family to take care of business the right way and not get involved in stupidity.”

That advice applies to all young NFL players, but specifically to Elliott. Even if he’s been told that the league won’t be taking action against him as a result of last year’s domestic violence accusations, there’s a perception problem enveloping Elliott, and the image of him pulling down a woman’s top won’t help improve that.

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  1. realfootballfan says: Mar 19, 2017 12:43 PM

    Seminars and speeches won’t fix maturity. You give kids a certain amount of leeway on that front, but he has to know when he’s straddling that line as he gets older. Impulsive behavior like grabbing at the young lady’s top is disturbing because then you wonder what else he just “can’t help himself” with when he’s not in public. But that’s something he’s going to have to figure out.

  2. abninf says: Mar 19, 2017 12:45 PM

    The training they receive is from people the NFL chooses to hire like Cris Carter, who tells these guys to have a fall guy.

  3. timebandit24 says: Mar 19, 2017 12:53 PM

    Well said Spears. Dude needs to grow up

  4. nudderfacelessgenius says: Mar 19, 2017 12:56 PM

    Talented but clueless.

  5. cantfakethefunk says: Mar 19, 2017 1:00 PM

    Does literally every former and current NFL player alive have to use the phrase “at the end of the day.”?

  6. bruiser2015 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:24 PM

    Does literally every former and current NFL player alive have to use the phrase “at the end of the day.”?

    _________________________

    At the end of the day, it does look like a high percentage of players will indeed use the phrase 🙂

  7. cardsfann1 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:25 PM

    Would love to see Elliot go to prison for a couple years… Maybe then he will grow up…

  8. bobl242 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:33 PM

    He also has a face when you look at him you think that’s a dumb dude right there.

  9. gmen5280 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:34 PM

    Whether players agree to it or not, they are representatives of their craft, team and league at all times. Both on the field and off. That comes with the salaries they demand and are paid. All players should denounce such actions every time they are in front of a mic.
    While you can’t say this is a pattern yet, Elliott was alleged to have committed domestic violence, now we see first hand he has zero concern or pause for pulling a woman’s shirt down to expose her chest.
    One more event/claim and there will be a clear pattern in respect to Elliott’s respect for women.

  10. mcwest1 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:49 PM

    If a guy in his early twenties doesn’t understand that it’s never alright to pull down a woman’s top, he’ll never understand.

  11. ajg314 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:50 PM

    Very wise and intelligent advice from Marcus Spears. Well done. You can only hope Elliott is listening and taking it to heart.

  12. akboot says: Mar 19, 2017 1:52 PM

    Stop being a “dumb man”?… Doesn’t one have to become a man, before he becomes a dumb one?

  13. illumination666 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:53 PM

    We’ve begun to idolize these young athletes so much that we make them think they’re invincible; God.

  14. stillabengalsfan says: Mar 19, 2017 1:53 PM

    Well said, Marcus- from a Buckeye fan, Alumni, and Ezekiel Elliott fan.

  15. hutch2017 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:58 PM

    TOTALLY AGREE!

  16. liner113 says: Mar 19, 2017 1:59 PM

    Speaking of dumb, PFT needs to investigate who has more flat-earthers… the NBA or NFL. We already know one NFL’er believes in mermaids but not dinosaurs.

    Let’s get to the bottom of this, please!

  17. wib22 says: Mar 19, 2017 2:05 PM

    Perfect cowboy. No understanding of the law.

  18. 'boys4life says: Mar 19, 2017 2:06 PM

    cardsfann1 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:25 PM
    Would love to see Elliot go to prison for a couple years… Maybe then he will grow up…

    Cards fan my hind end, you’re an Eagles fan dude

  19. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 19, 2017 2:08 PM

    The only people who have a perception problem are people who care what others think about them. Perhaps Elliott is one of those refreshingly rare individuals who doesn’t care what people think of him.

  20. redlikethepig says: Mar 19, 2017 2:09 PM

    Right off the bat he could stop hitting women.

  21. QB Film Room says: Mar 19, 2017 2:11 PM

    His ROle Model is OBJ tho. Elite narcisistic hipsters

  22. my_old_name_was_offensive says: Mar 19, 2017 2:12 PM

    While we’re at it….Let’s add life outside of Earth to the list of dumb things some people believe….

  23. polegojim says: Mar 19, 2017 2:14 PM

    Zeke – All muscle and little brain power right now.

    Do some brain curls… synapse presses… gray matter extensions.

  24. sportoficionado says: Mar 19, 2017 2:18 PM

    Can’t lay low when every corner there is some schmuck with a phone camera attempting to become famous off of you. This country is obsessed with celebrity, but more obsessed to see people in higher positions fail. I’ll be on board with scrutinizing and downgrading this young man when the judges, presidents and lawmakers are held to the same level of discretion.

  25. 'boys4life says: Mar 19, 2017 2:42 PM

    my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:12 PM
    While we’re at it….Let’s add life outside of Earth to the list of dumb things some people believe….

    ???

  26. BigBamBoom1 says: Mar 19, 2017 2:55 PM

    This may be akin to asking Albert Einstein to stop being a genius.

  27. micky741 says: Mar 19, 2017 2:57 PM

    They will never learn as long as everyone pampers these guys. smh

  28. dedicatedhawkfan says: Mar 19, 2017 2:59 PM

    His sense of entitlement is going to be his downfall. So far he has never faced consequences for his actions so why change? If the average guy did what he has, I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t keep getting free passes.

  29. tonebones says: Mar 19, 2017 3:04 PM

    I just laugh when I read this. Who are we trying to fool. All that stuff came out about how Trump was treating women before the election, and I think it actually helped him in the polls. It certainly didn’t hurt. Your average American doesn’t really care too much about this stuff. So why should Elliott be held to a different standard? That’s just hypocritical. The woman in the video didn’t seem too bothered. Lots of women voted for Trump. I think America has spoken loud and clear.

  30. eatme2259 says: Mar 19, 2017 3:11 PM

    He needs to be in the spotlight at all times.
    Disrespecting Urban Meyers
    Domestic violence charge
    Childish feed me act
    Jumping into the kettle
    Pulling top down on somebody’s daughter
    He’s not going to stop, no matter who calls him out.
    Side show Zeke.

  31. uglydingo says: Mar 19, 2017 3:14 PM

    Zeke is just young, horny and famous. He’s a good guy and will learn from this episode.
    It is interesting that so many wise mature statesmen have stood up to kick him into the gutter and bucket him.

  32. wmnf says: Mar 19, 2017 3:31 PM

    Jerrah won’t tolerate this questionable behavior from Zeke…………….. upon further review oh yes he will.

  33. shaggytoodle says: Mar 19, 2017 3:37 PM

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:08 PM
    The only people who have a perception problem are people who care what others think about them
    ________________

    He should care what other people think especially if he is going to run around pulling that sort of stunt. That could be the difference between registering as an offender, or not having charges pressed depending to whom, and where that occurs.

  34. baldbuc says: Mar 19, 2017 3:38 PM

    He plays for Dallas so it’s pretty much business as usual in Jerry World.

  35. laserw says: Mar 19, 2017 3:43 PM

    Elliott has always been a dead common punk – playing for Ohio State was the cherry on his disgusting resume.

    This jerk will be out of a job in five years and playing for a prison farm team in seven.

  36. 'boys4life says: Mar 19, 2017 3:49 PM

    Cowboys (Jerry) is putting a trade package together consisting of Romo and Elliott to the Browns for both of their 1st round picks.

  37. whodat5150 says: Mar 19, 2017 3:51 PM

    I wish folks everywhere would PLEASE stop calling bad DECISIONS, mistakes! Accidentally leaving the patio door open overnight is a mistake. Grabbing a woman’s top to expose her breast is a DECISION and NOT a mistake. Ezekiel Elliott made a DECISION to grab the young woman’s top. Younger folks tend to make bad decisions more often than more mature folks; it’s part of the maturation process. When you have fame and money, I don’t see why the desire to protect your bank account doesn’t outweigh one’s desire to be edgy. When you have money (famous or not), there are charlatans waiting to separate you from it with frivolous lawsuits. The company you keep can also open you up to frivolous lawsuits.

    How many times in the past has social media footage and words been use as evidence against the same IDIOT(S) that uploaded it? Elliott and EVERY young person needs to stop being impulsive and remember their actions could cost them more than money.

  38. justbegbaby says: Mar 19, 2017 3:52 PM

    LeTS see. From DV, twice, to bong shops, and now public molestation of women, Jerrah, you got a problem!

  39. 'boys4life says: Mar 19, 2017 3:52 PM

    wib22 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 2:05 PM
    Perfect cowboy. No understanding of the law.

    Eagles fan

  40. 'boys4life says: Mar 19, 2017 3:54 PM

    ‘boys4life says:
    Mar 19, 2017 3:49 PM
    Cowboys (Jerry) is putting a trade package together consisting of Romo and Elliott to the Browns for both of their 1st round picks.

    Goodell will suspend Elliott a minimum of 2 games for that lil stunt, possibly 4 or even 6. Bet.

  41. mackcarrington says: Mar 19, 2017 4:15 PM

    Has Elliot even said anything publicly about this incident? An apology or any statement of contrition? No? Well, that right there tells you that he’s completely oblivious to the world he lives in.

  42. tremoluxman says: Mar 19, 2017 4:27 PM

    Recording devices and social media are ubiquitous. People in the public eye should always assume they are under scrutiny and either on camera or the mic is live. This isn’t the 60s, 70s, 80s, or even the early 90s.

  43. wib22 says: Mar 19, 2017 4:52 PM

    jerrah thinks nothing is wrong LMAO!

  44. Moudabo says: Mar 19, 2017 4:53 PM

    Marcus Spears showing some leadership right there.
    Wise words coming from a respected veteran.
    Elliot and all the young guys should heed and follow
    his advice. Good on you Marcus for speaking up.

  45. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 19, 2017 4:53 PM

    @mackcarrington says – Has Elliott even said anything publicly about this incident? An apology or any statement of contrition?”

    First, he doesn’t owe you an apology. Second, it’s widely known that the young lady and her friends partied with Elliott for several hours after the incident. Apparently she got her apology.

  46. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 19, 2017 5:21 PM

    Do you Zeke, I have seen rockstars do a lot worse.

  47. eatme2259 says: Mar 19, 2017 5:51 PM

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 4:53 PM
    @mackcarrington says – Has Elliott even said anything publicly about this incident? An apology or any statement of contrition?”

    First, he doesn’t owe you an apology. Second, it’s widely known that the young lady and her friends partied with Elliott for several hours after the incident. Apparently she got her apology.

    ////////////

    Widely known? She got her apology? Do you just make stuff up?

  48. evermoresg says: Mar 19, 2017 6:25 PM

    The proper punishment would be to strip Zeke nude and throw him in a Steamworks.

  49. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 19, 2017 6:29 PM

    @eatme2259 says – “Do you just make stuff up?”

    Nope, just better informed than you.

  50. mackcarrington says: Mar 19, 2017 6:45 PM

    @cardinealsfan20:
    It’s not too far of a leap to surmise that you don’t have any problem with people pulling off women’s clothing in public, do you?

  51. chinahand11 says: Mar 19, 2017 6:46 PM

    “Zeke is just young.” That’s a well thought out alibi. I guess all the young criminals can use it, huh?

    If I did that when I was young and dumb my mama would have slapped the fire out of me.

  52. eatme2259 says: Mar 19, 2017 6:47 PM

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 6:29 PM
    @eatme2259 says – “Do you just make stuff up?”

    Nope, just better informed than you.

    /////////////

    Making stuff up doesn’t mean your better informed. I would like to see the article that states the girls partied and received an apology from Zeke. I will help you out, there isn’t. SMH

  53. nhpats says: Mar 19, 2017 7:04 PM

    Elliott has talent as has a great future in front of him. The only one who can mess it up is Elliott himself. Take Spears’ advice….lay low and just play football. Stay out of trouble and worry about winning football games and maybe a championship. The rest will take care of itself.

  54. nhpats says: Mar 19, 2017 7:05 PM

    Oh, thank the football Gods every day that you are not wasting away on a miserable team with no chance of winning a championship….like the Vikings, Bills, Jets or Colts.

  55. 52crabcakes says: Mar 19, 2017 7:09 PM

    I hope someone pulls his pants down in front of everyone. He disrespects women, that is evident. Neither he nor the NFL care about women. They have proven that over and over again.

  56. eatme2259 says: Mar 19, 2017 7:25 PM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 19, 2017 7:05 PM
    Oh, thank the football Gods every day that you are not wasting away on a miserable team with no chance of winning a championship….like the Vikings, Bills, Jets or Colts.

    //////////

    This is exactly why Pats fans are a joke and you are the king of the bandwagon . Jets and Colts have won Super Bowls.

  57. onebuffalove716 says: Mar 19, 2017 7:48 PM

    I hope someone pulls his pants down in front of everyone. He disrespects women, that is evident. Neither he nor the NFL care about women. They have proven that over and over again.

    That’s the last thing that should happen.. that would be an open invite in his mind..

  58. onebuffalove716 says: Mar 19, 2017 7:50 PM

    This is exactly why Pats fans are a joke and you are the king of the bandwagon . Jets and Colts have won Super Bowls.

    Nhpats is like 13… in his world, the NFL was formed in 2001 and will cease to exist when Brady and Bb retire

  59. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 19, 2017 8:17 PM

    One thing it will cost him is endorsement dollars. This guy is kryptonite for businesses right now.

  60. nyneal says: Mar 19, 2017 8:24 PM

    Someone has probably already said it above, but you can’t fix stupid.

    He should be suspended at least one game, and if Jerruh Jones had any class, he’d do it himself.

  61. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Mar 19, 2017 8:46 PM

    Cowboy is as Cowboy does.

  62. thrifty says: Mar 19, 2017 10:16 PM

    Fitting that he plays for the cowboys.

  63. tdubdizzle says: Mar 19, 2017 10:42 PM

    I dont understand how this is an indication the NFLs seminars are unsuccessful.

    This is beyond that. This is how he was raised. He does not respect women. Thats an obvious character flaw that goes beyond him being “stupid”. He lacks class. Theres plenty of retards that dont sexually assault women.

  64. 1910nuffsaid says: Mar 19, 2017 10:48 PM

    I think what no one is realizing, that are inexplicably rationalizing this morons behavior, Zeke is a role model for children. I know that is a sad reflection on where our society is these days. However an impressionable 8 year old with his fat-head poster is looking at what Zeke is doing and getting away with and thinking that is the coarse to take in order to be successful today. And unfortunately except for the very small percentage of people who get the privilege of playing professional sports for a living the majority of people do not, and decisions like this should have ramifications weather the act was agreed upon by both parties or not. It is still a bad message to put out in public that at best case you are committing an act of lewdness at worst its sexual assault, and both are illegal.

  65. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 19, 2017 10:56 PM

    @mackcarrington – What I have a problem with is people like you who express fake outrage about a woman’s clothes being pulled off in public. It’s a little hypocritical to act all high and mighty about a player’s actions while simultaneously enjoying NFL cheerleaders gyrating and logging onto those “special sites” you enjoy.

  66. snake11s says: Mar 20, 2017 5:40 AM

    To me, it’s about the Cowboys culture. You can go back to cocaine Hollywood or the 90’s with Irvin. The transactions the Cowboys make have little regard for social issues. They are truely not “America’s” team. If you can help them win they have a home for you. I say they use a 4th on Mixon and then JJ has his daughter do the PR again about 2nd chances.

  67. snake11s says: Mar 20, 2017 5:42 AM

    Oh, and did anyone ever watch North Dallas 40? Pretty sure it wasn’t a fictional movie.

  68. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 20, 2017 8:11 AM

    @eatme2259 – Reference TMZ article dated 3/13/2017.

  69. eatme2259 says: Mar 20, 2017 8:52 AM

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 20, 2017 8:11 AM
    @eatme2259 – Reference TMZ article dated 3/13/2017.

    ///////////

    Elliot’s rep said girl was not upset, (he has no reason to lie).
    No apology was referenced.
    Well you’ve moved up from getting your news from Sesame Street to TMZ.

  70. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 20, 2017 10:42 AM

    liner113 says:
    Mar 19, 2017 1:59 PM

    Speaking of dumb, PFT needs to investigate who has more flat-earthers… the NBA or NFL. We already know one NFL’er believes in mermaids but not dinosaurs.

    Let’s get to the bottom of this, please!
    ——————————
    Why does the UN Flag use the FLAT EARTH Logo??? hmmmmm

  71. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 20, 2017 11:30 AM

    @eatme2259 – You claimed that there was no report stating that the young lady partied with Elliott after the incident. Obviously there was such a report. Thus, you were incorrect. Also, it’s fairly easy to assume that if the young lady is hanging out with Elliott she either received or didn’t require an apology.

    Care to keep going? You’ve been 100% incorrect so far.

  72. mackcarrington says: Mar 20, 2017 11:45 AM

    @cardinealsfann20:
    You don’t see me anywhere being “outraged”.
    What’s amazing is you defending the act of disrobing a woman in public, and equating it to watching cheerleaders. Are you serious?

  73. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 20, 2017 12:17 PM

    @mackcarrington – You’re demanding an apology for something that didn’t effect you, sounds like fake outrage to me. If you enjoy NFL cheerleaders gyrating you’re supporting the exploitation of those women. Feel free to explain how you reconcile that with your Elliott opinion.

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