Report: Concerns raised about Ezekiel Elliott’s pattern of behavior

AP

Like many people on out-of-town visits to states where marijuana is legal, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott decided to check out a pot store while he was in Seattle for last night’s preseason game. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t happy about that.

But beyond that, the Cowboys organization is apparently concerned about the way Elliott handles himself off the field. Ed Werder of ESPN reported today that there are concerns about “a pattern of disturbing behavior” from Elliott.

Werder didn’t detail what behavior was involved in that pattern, but far more concerning than entering a legal marijuana store is that there’s an investigation in Columbus, Ohio, into an allegation of domestic violence. The Columbus city attorney’s office said a month ago that there’s an “open investigation” into that allegation. There has been no update to that story since.

Frankly, it feels a little ridiculous to even be talking about visiting a legal marijuana store when there’s also an investigation into a domestic violence allegation. The latter is a serious concern, while the former is something that shouldn’t even be the NFL’s business. After Werder’s report aired on ESPN, his colleague, former NFL running back Merril Hoge, said somebody should sit Elliott down and tell him, “Nobody’s ever played with drugs and won.” But that’s silly. Many people who have smoked marijuana have become Hall of Fame football players and had success in other fields, up to and including becoming president of the United States. (And it’s also worth noting that there’s not even any evidence that Elliott actually used marijuana. He may have simply been curious to see how a legal marijuana store operates.)

The domestic violence allegations against Elliott are, indeed, concerning. The marijuana issue is nothing.

110 responses to “Report: Concerns raised about Ezekiel Elliott’s pattern of behavior

  1. (And it’s also worth noting that there’s not even any evidence that Elliott actually used marijuana. He may have simply been curious to see how a legal marijuana store operates.)
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    While completely true this doesn’t mean he has used/is using, I have never gone into a gun store/makeup store/salon, etc. just to see products I’m not interested in.

    If he was in there, it’s pretty clear why..

  2. I really don’t give a hoot that E.E. went to a marijuana store. It is not my business.
    In related news, I live in California and I can call a dispensary and have weed delivered to my door within the hour.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it. (Yeah, lousy pun intended, I know it’s a low hanger. Sorry.)

  3. Are people serious?? I live in Canada BC and there are pot dispensaries all over the place. There are 3 within blocks of downtown and the police station.

    The rookie RB walked into one in a state where it is legal. In MMA one of their biggest star’s may be suspended 1 year for have CBD at a press conference post fight. I agree with the writer here ESPN is ridiculous, I see why they have become a laughing stock of the media world.

  4. He’s 21 years old, what else would you expect ? If he goes into a strip club, should we be concerned that he’s going to beat up one of the strippers ? Werder needs something to talk about.

  5. You are wrong, Michael David Smith. These NFL players are property of their teams 24 – 7, like it or not.
    And the teams do have a right to know where these guys go in their free time. Remember, the teams can get punished now if the players get in trouble.
    And, off the field behavior is part of the CBA which the players accepted. So — it is the Cowboys business where this kid goes, whether you or anyone else likes it or not.

  6. I call shenanigans. Remember Jones is the same man that thought Hardy was a team leader. Besides I take any report from espn with a grain of salt.

  7. Well the nfl does care about Marijuana so it is something, and not “nothing” as you say. And if your employer is explicitly against Marijuana you better not be visiting Marijuana stores.

    And the phrase “nobody’s ever played with drugs and won” is a good saying, and a good rule to live by. Can someone do drugs and still be successful? Of course. But this article is borderline condoning the use of drugs.

  8. Merrill should research the Cowboys teams I pulled for in the 90s. There were lots of drugs being used at that time, and plenty of games and titles were won.

    That comment is absolutely absurd.

  9. There’s apparently a pattern of behavior out of Ohio State: Ezekiel Elliott, Chris Carter, Joey Bosa, Maurice Clarett, Jim Tressell, Albert Breer, etc.

    🙂

  10. Not only are there all these little issues popping up, but he just seems like a weird dude. I knew that from the moment I saw his Draft outfit.

  11. If I were an employer paying an employee millions whose skill set requires cardio endurance, I would be concerned if said employee is filling his lungs with a carcinogenic tar based product regardless of the legality.

  12. An Ed Werder report without details or sources? Why that is shocking.

    I want that job where it just doesn’t matter what I do or say.

  13. I went in a gun store and did not buy a gun. I browsed through a Victoria Secret store and did buy anything. I have been in lots of weird shops and did not buy anything. What is the matter with people.

  14. chinahand11 says:
    Aug 26, 2016 3:57 PM
    I really don’t give a hoot that E.E. went to a marijuana store. It is not my business.
    In related news, I live in California and I can call a dispensary and have weed delivered to my door within the hour.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it. (Yeah, lousy pun intended, I know it’s a low hanger. Sorry.)

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    big deal man. i live in new hampshire where its ILLEGAL and i can have some captains cake deliveerd in 30 minutes or less.

  15. If I were an employer paying an employee millions whose skill set requires cardio endurance, I would be concerned if said employee is filling his lungs with a carcinogenic tar based product regardless of the legality.

    There are numerous ways to ingest marijuana beyond smoking. But you knew that, right?

  16. Nyneal, you are missing the point that Mr. Michael David Smith is attempting to make. He did not state it is not the NFL’s business but stated it should not be the NFL’s business. Whether you agree or not with his point of view regarding Marijuana, does not make him incorrect.

  17. How about all the Dallas players snorting cocaine DURING games in the Cowboys 70’s glory days?

  18. Visiting a legal weed store is part of a “pattern of disturbing behavior.”?
    I thought there was going to be something about having private security teams tailing him around and uncovering things. Granted, he should probably learn to be more discreet about certain things, but ESPN sounds like it’s run by puritans. The same as the NFL.

  19. thepinknegro says:
    Aug 26, 2016 4:06 PM
    If I were an employer paying an employee millions whose skill set requires cardio endurance, I would be concerned if said employee is filling his lungs with a carcinogenic tar based product regardless of the legality.

    Too bad there’s never been one case of lung cancer attributed to pot. Not one. Look it up.

  20. Hey, When you’re the greatest RB that’s ever played the game and you haven’t played a down, yea you might as well act like Lawrence Taylor. Blame the Cowboys and the Cowboys network ( NFL network). When you the most press, glory, hype and celebrity by performing average year after year, why bother to put in hard work? You’re already a superstar. Elliot should just retire now so we can get to see his HOF enshrinement sooner. The Cowboys and their players are victims of their own celebrity, it ensures their mediocrity.

  21. I get drug tested at work and I occasionally go to weed shops and buy things for reasons other than drugs. To say he smokes pot just because he walked into a store is ridiculous.

  22. “I went in a gun store and did not buy a gun. I browsed through a Victoria Secret store and did buy anything. I have been in lots of weird shops and did not buy anything. What is the matter with people.”

    Do you think your wife or girlfriend would feel the same way if you went to a legal brothel like the Mustang Ranch and swore you were “just looking”?

  23. Listening to old grumpy men talk about marijuana is hilarious, just completely clueless.
    ‘how dare that boy even think about taking the pot’

  24. sonhoodoo says:

    I want that job where it just doesn’t matter what I do or say.
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    Weatherman or NFL Commissioner.

  25. Makes me wonder if Merril Hoge ever used “legal” drugs throughout his football carreer. I get what he trying to say but to include Marijuana in his broad statement is just ignorant without doing true research.

  26. I wish everyone would stop making such a big deal about MJ in this country. It was only ever made illegal by lobbyists and racists. and it’s WAAAAAY safer than prescription meds. Last i heard, nobody ever OD’d on weed. and if anyone could use a little help dealing with pain, i can’t think of a more deserving group of people than professional football players.

  27. Check out the discoloration of his lips….I noticed that in the 2015 Championship game!!!

  28. “and had success in other fields, up to and including becoming president of the United States.”

    While I agree that plenty of successful people have used pot and other drugs, and one even became president of the US, keep in mind that he has been a failure as president.

  29. If you grew up around something that was always demonized and it got people you knew thrown in jail and then go to some place where it’s legal, accepted, and allowed… you too would go and experience the paradigm shift. That’s what intelligent people do. They experience things that are different.

  30. The domestic violence allegations against Elliott are, indeed, concerning. The marijuana issue is nothing.
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    so it’s not a concern when a person predisposed to violent behavior takes mind altering substances?

    they’re both issues.

  31. These guys are more than employees – they are public figures that represent the billion (or in the case of the Cowboys) multi-billion dollar organizations that employ them. They are paid millions of dollars for this as well as their play on the field. You may not like it, but sports entertainment is big business and in our media-driven society, the players are responsible for more that just their actions on the field. If your employer has a strict no drug policy, then it really doesn’t matter what the laws are in a state you just happen to be passing through.

  32. Surprised at the earlier comment by JJ. Back in the day, the infamous “White House” was a full blown party palace (coke, prositiution, you name it) headed by King Irving and everybody knew about it (it was adjacent to the Cowboy practice fields) but management didnt care because the team was spitting out Lombardis.

  33. Goodell and Mara set precedent that it’s not domestic violence unless the victim has clearly visible injuries and is willing to testify in court. There is no such thing as Zero Tolerance according the NFL. It’s more like around 20%.

  34. in the nfl’s eyes marijuana use is a 4 game suspension whereas domestic violence is a 1 game suspension (unless there is embarrassing video evidence or unless your team is not from New York)—Roger, integrity???

  35. Any DC resident can call various marijuana delivery services and it will be at your door in about 30-45 minutes along with some cookies or juices…all legal.

    Marijuana is accepted and should be left up to the consumer to decide if they want to purchase it, much like alcohol or tobacco. The young man did nothing wrong and the person who filmed him in the store is a jerk-off.

  36. Marijuana is still illegal at the Federal level and many jobs still ban its use – even in states where it is legal. Most hospitals, for example, ban their Doctors from using marijuana. Each employer has a right to stipulate terms of employment to their employees.

  37. While completely true this doesn’t mean he has used/is using, I have never gone into a gun store/makeup store/salon, etc. just to see products I’m not interested in.

    If he was in there, it’s pretty clear why..

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    Okay.. I’ve never once in my life smoked marijuana or done any other drug but when I went to Amsterdam I was certainly curious about the “coffee” shops. Does that mean I’m interested in smoking pot? because I can assure you I’m not.. Just checking the place out doesn’t concern me. Hell, even if he smokes, that doesn’t concern me. People need to get a hobby..

  38. I love how people judge others when most of you are making for less than your value, smoke, drink, etc. The fact this has become world news is ridiculous. I smoked a lot as a teenager, did not smoke it for 25 years and always thought weed was recreational, not an addictive drug that requires detoxing, since my attendance at 4/20 in Colorado I got to meet people who use it medically for strokes, seizures, etc. The only reason it’s scheduled 1 is because the Gods that be were afraid it would compete with deadly alcohol after prohibition. Nothing is dangerous about marijuana. Once these states take over economically vs the banned states, it will become legal. Everything is about MONEY!

  39. bigpete07 says:
    Aug 26, 2016 4:23 PM
    How about all the Dallas players snorting cocaine DURING games in the Cowboys 70’s glory days?
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    what about it? guessing your team was attending church.

  40. Most commentators here operate on the premise that everyone knows what goes on in everyone else’s mind, but not everyone is able to discover what is true. Simply amazing!

  41. MDS, Bravo.

    Marijuana should not be the NFls business.
    Sadly as long as pharma and pills are the way of the gun, marijuana will always have a tough up hill battle.

  42. This kid came into the league appearing to think he was already a super star worthy of special treatment. Without playing a single down of football.
    He looks good on the field so far, but don’t be surprised if he’s a problem down the road. It feels like that’s the way it’s headed.
    He’s showing star entitlement tendencies already.
    Never ends well. Just my take

  43. “legal marijuana”

    Marijuana is never legal – it is still a controlled substance under Federal law, although the Feds aren’t targeting pot at this time.

    Local laws do not change the illegal nature of it.

  44. Merril says stuff like this and you recall his concussion problems.

    He’s sermonizing about hard drugs and the drug in question, marijuana, is not a hard drug. Ask any pharmacologist, just not the US gov.

  45. djvh2 says:
    Aug 26, 2016 4:44 PM

    “and had success in other fields, up to and including becoming president of the United States.”

    While I agree that plenty of successful people have used pot and other drugs, and one even became president of the US, keep in mind that he has been a failure as president.
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    I think he’s talking about Bill Clinton, who freely admitted to trying pot while he was president.

  46. What does this have to do with Werder? Zeke’s legal issues in Ohio are already known. It’s not like fabricating anything here. And JJ has every right to be concerned about Zeke hitting the pot stores.

    I mentioned it earlier but JJ gets pounded for being an enabler and when he actually shows concern with his 1st round rookie that’s already collecting a bit of baggage, he’s meddler. Can’t have it both ways.

  47. All the weed advocates need to chill. I personally know two guys who never stopped smoking after high school who spend their days at a skate park. Smoking weed. With no steady job.
    They’re almost 50 now.
    Don’t tell me its health food. It kills initiative. Makes you stupid and lazy. Kills brain cells. People who smoke weed often are more stupid than those who don’t. Their brains ate foggy.
    Period.

  48. Anyone who’s concerned about this is wasting energy. There are some players who are really doing some stupid things, but when they’re not doing anything wrong, leave them alone. Remember, we live in America. It’s a free country. Our military personnel risk their lives every day so we can enjoy this freedom. Enjoy it, because it isn’t free.

  49. Let’s review.

    Joey Bosa – Freaking insane thinking he can rewrite the NFLPA-NFL contract to accommodate his “greatness.”

    Elliott – He just loves playing against Denver and Seattle.

    Yeah, Ohio State is Buckeying up the NFL, draft the criminals at your own risk.

    Thank you coach for continuing your Gator tradition of finding players on probation for the OSU program.

  50. “Each employer has a right to stipulate terms of employment to their employees.”

    Why is it hard for people to understand this simple point? If I own a team….and I don’t want my employees to smoke weed, there is NOTHING wrong with me cutting that guy. BOTH sides have choices: As a player they should come off honest and say that I’m going to smoke weed because I feel it is my right and that owner has every right to say get out of here. All of this morality talk gets away from personal responsibility of the players to tell the truth.

  51. Do you think your wife or girlfriend would feel the same way if you went to a legal brothel like the Mustang Ranch and swore you were “just looking

    I’m more curious as to what wife/gf would think of him hitting up Victoria Secrets, just looking and not buying anything then referring to it as just a weird place he visits

  52. The latter is a serious concern, while the former is something that shouldn’t even be the NFL’s business.
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    Marijuana is still listed by the US Government/DEA as a schedule 1 drug along with Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, Methaqualone and Peyote. So it’s irrelevant as to the way Washington or any US state feels about it.

    If the DEA decided to show up and shut down the dispensary/shop along with arresting everyone in it including Elliott. This would obviously reflect negatively on the NFL and affect Elliott in the “personal conduct” area as an NFL player.

    And don’t bother telling me this wouldn’t/couldn’t happen as it’s been happening to California marijuana dispensaries for years now. And most recently happened to a Montana marijuana dispensary in May of this year.

  53. Jerrah might as well bring Manziel in now and fix ’em both. JM, domestic violence and drugs, Elliott, domestic violence and drugs. Maybe they can get a twofer price with an attorney.

  54. “There are numerous ways to ingest marijuana beyond smoking. But you knew that, right?”

    Dude, I think it’s awesome that this comment was posted at 4:20

  55. I live in the Seattle area and have two pot shops within about a mile. I have a few friends that live all around the country and three of them came to visit over the last year and every single one of them wanted to go up to the shop and just check it out. It’s not weird. For those of us that have been around awhile the idea of pot being available like that is a trip. You go in and there are fifty different types and five smiling people there to tell you anything you ever wanted to know about it as if it was a regular thing and totally normal.

    Five years ago this was something pot people dreamed about. Now it’s actually here. Not in your state maybe but it’s here in mine…and Zeke wanted to see it for himself.

    I understand the draw. It’s like going to Amsterdam. I would go to a pot bar or something there too.

    That being said, I don’t see “anti pot” people going to check out a pot shop so you can pretty much rule out Zeke being an anti-pot person.

  56. If people are so pro weed, then stop voting for the ultra conservative and religious fanatic politicians who view weed as the devil’s drug.

  57. I’ve never smoked marijuana or even a cigarette in my life, but I’ve invested in two dispensary stores. He could have been interested in looking into it as a business opportunity . In 10 years there will be one on every corner in every major city. My investment group has a waiting list that includes doctors , lawyers and even pastors.

  58. Florio, you keep hitting the nail on the head this week. I might have to take back most of the nasty things I said about you.

  59. granadafan says:

    If people are so pro weed, then stop voting for the ultra conservative and religious fanatic politicians who view weed as the devil’s drug.
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    So, Smokey, why aren’t all the flaming liberal politicians calling for it to be legalized? Why has Obama not legalized it? That dude even snorts coke.

  60. “and had success in other fields, up to and including becoming president of the United States.”

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    was that Hillary’s spouse… “I smoked but I did not inhale”.

  61. With all of the people saying it’s none of JJ’s business, it is his business. If he fails a drug test in any part of the season then we lose him. Until all states, and the NFL approves of weed, it’s not just the Cowboys business but the fans too.

    I smoked weed in my teens until my mid 20s and have no desire to smoke it again. It’s better and safer than alcohol. It doesn’t cause 30,000+ motor vehicle injuries and deaths every year. And i don’t really care if it’s ever made legal across the states but if you’ve never smoked it then don’t make stupid comments from what you’ve heard from the media about it.

  62. In a concise term, ESPN sucks.
    WERE it not for the actual games, this network is relevant as the Super Market rags.

    Most of their reporters are useless as tits on a bull

  63. I’m not concerned about this kid at all. Guys like Ed Werder and Merril Hoge have to say outrageous things, or nobody will pay attention to them. Nothing against these guys, they are trying to make a living, but it is what it is. Elliott is a good kid, and a great football player. There are a ton of news outlets competing for airtime. Ignore them.

  64. jetsclaps says:
    Aug 26, 2016 4:04 PM
    Well the nfl does care about Marijuana so it is something, and not “nothing” as you say. And if your employer is explicitly against Marijuana you better not be visiting Marijuana stores.

    And the phrase “nobody’s ever played with drugs and won” is a good saying, and a good rule to live by. Can someone do drugs and still be successful? Of course. But this article is borderline condoning the use of drugs.
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    And all of you goody two shoes alcohol advocate martini drinkers need to get over pot, lest you continue to come off as a total hypocrite…like the NFL…for pushing pain killers on these young athlete’s to keep them on the field, and getting them hooked on pain killers.

  65. I for one don’t care if he walked in to a legal weed shop. I can’t smoke because of my job either but I walked in to one out of curiosity once not a big deal.

    Now as for being concerned about his behavior perhaps there is more to what is going on that we don’t know about?

  66. “Listening to old grumpy men talk about marijuana is hilarious, just completely clueless.
    ‘how dare that boy even think about taking the pot’”

    Well, some of us live outside of Detroit, where there exist concepts like “gainful employment”. In other words, we don’t have time to rip a bong load every morning before Judge Judy comes on.

  67. “Sounds like two Buckeye studs… Zeke and Bosa… are not exactly off to great rookie seasons….”

    The season hasn’t started yet.

    Any Wolverines get drafted this year?

  68. is this the 1,121 or 1,122 cowboy in last 2 yrs with issues? Ohh, and Hoge is right. Drugs are for losers….not winners. Its all in the #’s….line up 100 randomly selected non-drug users and 100 randomly selected drug users and yes, you’ll have a few “winners”in the drug part but much, much less as a %, statistically, than the non-drug user part…thats Hoges point Michael.

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