Ezekiel Elliott is sued for 2017 car accident

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In early 2017, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an automobile accident. The person in the other car has now sued Elliott to obtain compensation for his injuries.

NBCDFW.com has the lawsuit, in which the plaintiff opens with an acknowledgement that he’s a fan of the Cowboys and Elliott, and that he files the lawsuit only reluctantly. But the fact remains that the lawsuit was filed against Elliott, which means that the plaintiff’s attorney and Elliott’s insurance company haven’t been able to resolve the situation.

In a statement issued to multiple members of the media, Elliott’s lawyer has tried to create the impression that the lawsuit isn’t really against Elliott, but that’s simply not accurate. While his insurance company will cover defense costs and any settlement or verdict up to the limits of his liability (and Elliott should have had an umbrella policy of at least $10 million in place), Elliott is the defendant because he’s the one who allegedly committed negligence resulting in the injuries suffered by the plaintiff. If Elliott wasn’t negligent in the driving of his automobile, he owes the plaintiff nothing.

And if the plaintiff’s total damages exceed the limits of Elliott’s insurance coverage, he’ll be responsible for the excess.

So why is Elliott’s lawyer so intent on making it look like Elliott isn’t being sued for negligence in the driving of his car? Apart from obvious P.R. considerations, the Personal Conduct Policy contains a broad provision that hinges a potential violation to any “[c]onduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person.” If Elliott was driving his car in a negligent manner and if his car collided with another person, causing bodily injury, Elliott engaged in conduct that posed a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person.

While the Personal Conduct Policy likely was never intended to cover simple car accidents involving NFL players, if NFL players aren’t responsible handling their cars and in turn causing injury to other drivers, that would potentially fit within the scope of the relevant language. And because the NFL has proven that it will apply the Personal Conduct Policy however and wherever and whenever it sees fit, it makes sense for Elliott’s camp to keep the NFL from connecting the dots in a way that would cause them to decide to regard Elliott’s behavior as potentially falling within the scope of the policy.

50 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott is sued for 2017 car accident

  1. I am about as far from a fan of the cowboys as you can get, but it would be absurd for the NFL to suspend, fine, or punish Elliott in any way as a result of this……..

  2. That has to be the biggest stretch as far as applying the Personal Conduct policy. It was a car accident, which happens everyday. He wasn’t driving while under the influence, so this is really nothing.

  3. This sounds like someone wants to be able to blow past his insurance limits. I dont doubt they are a Cowboy fan as they say , but I suspect they are a mobey fan even more. For most of us the insurance company has the deeper pockets.

    Also though if the insurance company has been able to push back successfully so far then hoever they have been doing that will be available to Elliot too.

  4. This will come off an insensitive, but.man has the league changed, players in the past have been charged manslaughter in regards to driving and continued to play after suspension.. while other players more recently like Kaeprrnick and Ray Rice have not been allowed to, for the choices and actions they took.

  5. Good. It’s about time a protected class like NFL players get held accountable for their past actions and choices.
    Yes, multi-millionaire players in the NFLPA are protected, by the NFLPA and the media.

  6. My prediction: An NFL appointed investigator will determine that the plantiff is not credible and Zeke should not be suspended.

    Goodell will subsequently suspend Zeke for life.

  7. Please ..people ..fans ..settle down. The comments by PFT are spot on.
    If Zeke was in fact responsible for the injuries ..meaning he made an
    honest mistake or what is legally called “ negligent” his auto insurance
    company …takes over the case. They appoint counsel and that lawyer
    reps Zeke. They evaluate the accident. They also evaluate the injured
    party’s injuries, by reviewing the injured parties medical records, his or
    her lost wages, as well as the injured parties credibility. The reps for
    Zeke also will depose the injured party. Then the lawyer for Zeke will
    summarize the med records and deposition and make a recommendation
    to Zeke’s insurance company. This is the hard part …insurance claims
    adjusters are trained to deny or reduce claims. They love to deny a claim
    or settle a claim below market value.
    PFT is spot on. This case will be settled for much less than the
    advertised demand.
    At most Zeke made a mistake that most of us have done in our lives.
    To make it a factor in whether he should be subject to sanctions is
    unfair. To suggest the NFLPA has anything to do with this
    situation is stupid and dumb as well as an indication that the
    commentator has a preexisting prejudice.

  8. Brilliant move by the plaintiff’s attorney, waiting to file the lawsuit right before preseason. If this goes to court, Zeke will probably face more penalties from the league if he’s found liable for the harm done to the plaintiff. Zeke has T-minus 5 weeks to settle this case or risk losing 2-4 weeks this or next year.

  9. Mind you,…. I’m a Packer fan.
    I saw pictures of the vehicles involved. Not the greatest pics, but this was a fender bender. There’s not much damage. If the suit is for more than $10,000 which would cover the $2000 in damage to the other car, and I’m being very liberal at that,… and at worst maybe another $2000 to get checked out at the hospital. It wasn’t much folks. In my town the cops would take both names for his diagram for the report and be gone.

  10. Well paid athletes are always easy targets. Many will settle rather out of court instead of choosing to fight a lawsuit in court whether justified, or not. Let’s face it, every insurance looks to pay the least that they can get away with.
    It’s what the world has become.

  11. I can’t stand the Cowboys, and would love to see this thing hanging over Elliot’s head disrupting his season from a “head in the game” vantage, but I can’t see this rising to a suspension level. I wouldn’t protest if the league did suspend him, as I hate the Cowgirls, but it just doesn’t seem fair or reasonable.

  12. Goodell will suspend him for the season and the Eagles will win the super bowl. Next year he will be suspended the whole season again for leaving the toilet seat up.

  13. You’ve got be kidding – the NFL’s policies with regard to player penalties is a joke – they don’t punish the players enough – they impose fines AFTER the game on hits that were penalized in the game.

    This sport deserves to have the BLM idiots take it down.

  14. Some idiots just never learn. Cue the excuse making from Casa de Jones. Hope the NFL gives the Ewok another 6 games.

    Just part of “the culture”. Dallas Cowboys, all class all the time. Good thing Zekes one of Garretts Guys or backstabber Sean Lee and his cronies would railroad him outta town on the Dez Express.

    The Cowboys just keep on giving. Long live King Jerry and Garretts Guys!!!

  15. He should be suspended for the entire season, he makes mistake after mistake and doesn’t learn. His reckless behavior needs to be addressed.

  16. suncawy says:
    August 2, 2018 at 8:24 pm
    That has to be the biggest stretch as far as applying the Personal Conduct policy. It was a car accident, which happens everyday. He wasn’t driving while under the influence, so this is really nothing.
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    Nothing, until it turns out to be something. Was Zeke speeding or did he run a red ligjt and cuase he car to hit another and cuase injury?

  17. Three accidents in three years? Geez, take his license away, the guy is dangerous.

    The state of Texas should do that, it’s not the NFL’s problem.

  18. Gave me the same feeling as his last suspension. Absolutely preposterous, but then he was suspended 6 games. That said, I can’t imagine the league railroading a guy like that two seasons in a row.

  19. deuce22222 says:
    August 2, 2018 at 8:18 pm
    I am about as far from a fan of the cowboys as you can get, but it would be absurd for the NFL to suspend, fine, or punish Elliott in any way as a result of this……..

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    “Absurd” has never been a problem for Goodell.

  20. Well, as his lawyer, he would not be doing his due diligence if he didn’t at least cover his bases here. Elliott is technically the defendant, but as Florio acknowledged, the insurance company is, in effect, who is being sued. The suit cannot name the insurance company as a party because then the attourney would be working for them and not the person actually involved in the wreck. What is good for the person himself is not usually the same as what is good for the insurance company, and since counsel only has a duty to look out for his client’s interests, this insures that he will have a duty to get the best result for the actual person. It also helps in the case that two people have the same insurance company-it keeps the attourney from negotiating a lower amount of money because he’s obligated to give his client (the actual person involved) the best outcome possible.

  21. Zeke has had 3 car wrecks in 25 months. He is currently being sued for over $1M for admittedly running a red light. He needs his license suspended. He is not safe. Would you want to share the roads with him?

  22. Mind you,…. I’m a Packer fan.
    I saw pictures of the vehicles involved. Not the greatest pics, but this was a fender bender. There’s not much damage. If the suit is for more than $10,000 which would cover the $2000 in damage to the other car, and I’m being very liberal at that,… and at worst maybe another $2000 to get checked out at the hospital. It wasn’t much folks. In my town the cops would take both names for his diagram for the report and be gone.
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    A fender bender? LMAO! Plaintiff’s BMW 750 was totaled. Zeke’s car not much better. Plaintiff had extensive injuries and is still receiving medical treatment. Zeke has admitted to running a red light and causing the accident. He is a repeat offender and is a highway menace. You expert fanboys make me laugh. I am surprised you haven’t blamed the accident on Goodell.

  23. I’m sure Cowboy fans will make more excuses for Eliiot’s continual reckless behavior which has been occurring since High School but at least he didn’t punch out the guys lights. A lot of states including Texas a claimant cannot file directly against the insurance company and that’s why he was named in the lawsuit. And don’t forget Zeke is a really good guy who stands at attention during National Anthem.

  24. youdontmeimjack says:
    August 2, 2018 at 10:08 pm
    Goodell will suspend him for the season and the Eagles will win the super bowl. Next year he will be suspended the whole season again for leaving the toilet seat up.

    He has been warned many times about the seat. In today’s climate that’s tantamount to felony depraved indifference. Decent people lower the seat, unless they are in The Dude’s living situation.

  25. You guys saying it was just a fender-bender: it was reported at the time that not only was the other car stationary and it’s occupant suffered minor injuries, but more importantly Zeke was driving while his license was suspended. He was out of control in college and out of control since.

  26. “A fender bender? LMAO! Plaintiff’s BMW 750 was totaled. Zeke’s car not much better. Plaintiff had extensive injuries and is still receiving medical treatment.”

    Where are you getting your information? The accident was reported as minor, and there were not injuries reported at the scene. So where are these totaled cars? I by no means am making excuses for Zeke or anybody involved, but the truth is it was a minor accident and the individual asking for a million dollars is simply ridiculous!

  27. I would think that anything over 10M is extremely excessive. I don’t know the details of this mans injury, but he would need to be awfully hurt and need lots of surgeries and rehab to receive that amount. If he is that hurt , I hope he gets it. i think any accident victim shouldn’t be taken care of, but this seems absurd.

  28. Zeke admitted to police he ran a red light in his truck.

    There’s no coincidence the guy waited until August to sue, probably a Giants fan.

    No risk of suspension, unless he was found to be under the influence (he wasn’t).

    This is a money grab, that will not work. No way he gets $1 million.

  29. steves11 says:
    August 3, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Another 6 game suspension for Elliott sounds fair to Eagles fans 🙂

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    Is Jason Garrett still the head coach of the Cowboys? If so, I don’t think the Eagles or Doug Pederson are worried about the Cowboys with or without Elliott.

  30. If he wasn’t DUI or speeding by some massive amount there’s nothing to see here. If he was driving say, 110 mph in a 35 zone then maybe the league could stretch the personal conduct policy to cover this.

  31. “There’s no coincidence the guy waited until August to sue, probably a Giants fan.”

    It says right near the top of the article he’s a Cowboys fan. English comprehension, get some.

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