Will NFL take action against Ezekiel Elliott?

AP

Two years ago, the NFL aggressively disciplined Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott under the Personal Conduct Policy, suspending him for six games despite no arrest, no charges, and not even a civil lawsuit alleging assault or battery in a domestic relationship. Regardless of any flaws in the NFL’s investigation or internal prosecution (and there were plenty), Elliott eventually served the suspension in full after dropping his legal fight.

And the suspension of Elliott came with this stern admonition: “You must have no further adverse involvement with law enforcement, and must not commit any additional violations of league policies. In that respect, you should understanding that another violation of this nature may result in your suspension or potential banishment for the NFL.”

Now, a video has emerged showing Elliott in the face of a security guard at a music festival in Las Vegas, moving toward the guard and either causing the guard to fall down or, possibly, shoving him toward the ground with a right arm that potentially extended elbow first in the direction of the guard. Elliott was not arrested or charged with any sort of crime, and the Cowboys have no issue with what has come to light.

But that’s not the end of it, as Elliott and the rest of us learned in 2017. The league will do whatever the league is going to do, and the league typically does whatever it wants to do.

In this case, the league could take action, if it chooses to. The first specific example of prohibited conduct in the Personal Conduct Policy targets “[a]ctual or threatened physical violence against another person.” (Emphasis added.) Even if the league determines that Elliott made no contact with the guard, the league could conclude that Elliott converged on the guard — uttering “you got something to say?” — in a threatening manner, which prompted the guard to back away until he fell down.

If the league finds a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy, it would be a minor one at worst. Given Elliott’s history, however, that could still lead to a major problem. “Repeat offenders will be subject to enhanced and/or expedited discipline, including banishment from the league with an opportunity to reapply,” the Personal Conduct Policy states.

Given the suspension from 2017, the warning communicated to Elliott at the time, and the league’s proclivity to take aggressive action against players accused or any type of violence regardless of criminal consequences or lack thereof, it makes sense to pay close attention to what the league does or doesn’t do in response to the emergence of a video that arguably shows enough to cause the league to conclude that Elliott is a repeat offender under the Personal Conduct Policy.

33 responses to “Will NFL take action against Ezekiel Elliott?

  1. “[a]ctual or threatened physical violence against another person.”

    Well they’ve done nothing about Tyreek Hill threatening his now pregnant again fiance or punching his 3 year old in the chest as he admitted on tape to doing.

    If they take action against Elliot it won’t surprise me with the double standards Goodell and his cronies operate under. But if they do and don’t take action against Hill, Elliot should sue the crap out of the league.

  2. I watched the video, he barely even leaned up against the guy and pushed him with his chest, should have never even been cuffed, being blown way out of proportion.

  3. Ownership should be embarrassed by the imagery of their employee stumbling around in public like Otis from Mayberry.

  4. Thank goodness the league protects violent criminals, meanwhile treats marijuana use and interpersonal disputes so severely. There is about a 0% chance that Zeke avoids a suspension here. The words will be parsed and re-read for the next few months and sometime in the preseason we will hear about the suspension.

  5. I actually applied the leagues efforts to have players that people, especially young people, can look up to. And we obviously don’t know the particular’s of every situation. But the way the league does it seems so uneven, lacking equity and fairness. it is hurting them more than helping them As they become the bad guy, rather than some of these people who have engaged in some seriously bad behavior. They have to find a way either to be more uniform in the way they do this, or at least appear more uniform, or they will continue to be the ones people hate. We should instead be disgusted by child molesters, perpetrators of domestic violence etc. etc. In their fumbling efforts to do the right thing, they’re doing more damage to themselves than the good they accomplish.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 21, 2019 at 11:11 am
    “[a]ctual or threatened physical violence against another person.”

    Well they’ve done nothing about Tyreek Hill threatening his now pregnant again fiance or punching his 3 year old in the chest as he admitted on tape to doing.

    If they take action against Elliot it won’t surprise me with the double standards Goodell and his cronies operate under. But if they do and don’t take action against Hill, Elliot should sue the crap out of the league.

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    Note the conferences….IN the AFC, Goodell cheats to help teams try to take down the Pats.

    In the NFC, it’s different…If Mara or Snyder jump in and tell Goodell to do it, he will.

    Look at all the AFC players through the years who go no suspension for extreme violations tied to violence or recklessness and ask yourself how on earth they escaped suspensions?

    Answer? The Pats.

    He is so desperate to try to get the Pats knocked down, he protects AFC teams and then looks for ways to frame the Pats.

    How many more times does he need to be caught doing it?

  7. Elliot has to be both one of the dumbest players in the NFL and one of the most unabashedly aggressive NFL players. That is in a pool of not particularly intelligent men and who have trained their entire lives to show incredible levels of aggression. He is out of control and this is absolutely behavior that is detrimental to the NFL and to his team. If the Cowboys were smart they would slap a two game suspension on him and tell the league office, we got this.

  8. They never even tested him, let alone punish him, for openly buying weed in a Seattle store just hours before a Cowboys preseasoner there.

  9. Elliott’s actions were immature, for sure.

    But if Elliott is disciplined, then Robert Kraft certainly has to be disciplined.

    One guy (Elliott) overreacted in the moment. The other guy (Kraft) scheduled travel plans to go to Florida and engage in illegal prostitution. I’d say the latter shows far worse judgment, even if Kraft avoids prosecution on a technicality.

  10. Hey Roger.. Stop worrying about players who smoke weed. As long as they are not doing it on game days or when they are “on the clock” who cares?

    You should be more worried about the seemingly growing number of violent sociopaths that your league is fostering. To me, smacking around your pregnant girlfriend, beating a child, having a bunch of guns is far more harmful (and not just to the NFL, but to society in general) than guys who want to smoke a little weed.

  11. streetyson says:
    May 21, 2019 at 11:41 am
    They never even tested him, let alone punish him, for openly buying weed in a Seattle store just hours before a Cowboys preseasoner there.

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    This is the second time I’ve seen this in the comment section of this site, likely posted by you.

    Let me be clear: he openly did NOT buy weed in Seattle. He visited a dispensary that was newly legal in the area. Never has he ever been accused of buying weed there.

  12. If the NFL does nothing, Zeke will do something like this again.
    He probably will anyway, but still…

  13. I thought the nfl was getting out of the policing business? Oh wait the nfl has not had any comment and this article is simply conjecture. And in this case the police have already concluded that the conduct did not warrant any further review nor charges to be brought against Zeke. I’ll wait and see but my best guess is this story is forgotten by training camp and is only relevant now due to lack of other content.

  14. This doesn’t even address the bigger picture. Elliott’s girlfriend is very clearly trying to get away from him and Elliott refuses to let her. Picking up his pace to get in front of her so she cannot get past him. Then there is apparently some shouting going on by Elliott after the girlfriend says “leave me alone” very loudly. Then Elliott becomes aware that security is checking out the situation. Once Elliott sees security has their eye on him he quickly moves away from his girlfriend. So Elliott was full on with his intent to bully the girl until he got caught. Then Elliott tries to bully the smaller security guard (bypassing the bigger security guys) and possibly has a physical contact with the smaller security guy that coincides with the guy going down.

  15. Forget the security guard, Elliott was being physically aggressive with a woman. The NFL cannot turn a blind eye to abuse against women while pretending that by having players wear pink in October everything is cool.

  16. Will the NFL take action? For the personal conduct against the guard or the bigger one against the women?

  17. If Elliot was as aggressive as they say he is, wouldnt he have put his hands on her? I mean isnt didnt his girlfriend accuse him of doing that in the bar? So being in a public spot wouldnt have stopped him.

    Also yall have a lot of opinions on how people should live theirs lives. Nobody is perfect. I’m not giving him an excuse. He was clearly upset at something though. You’re just seeing actions with no context. At least get the full story before passing judgment.

    He was at EDC. Most people there are on drugs during that rave. I’m actually happy he got in trouble for what he did and not something worse. That “push” wasnt a push either. He got in his face and the dude backed up and started falling before Elliot even leaned forward.

  18. Lifelong Cowboys fan here. This guy is a idiot. Run the snot out of him use his up and let him go like you did Murray. You may have his replacement anyway. Some players will never understand they only have so much time to make as much money as they can. But seem to always put themselves in bad situations.

  19. The world is full of tough guys who think it isn’t a problem when a man interferes with a woman, or leans into a security guard.

    Okay. Imagine any scenario where you’re not wanting to have a conversation with someone. And imagine that person is 2X, 3x, maybe 4x stronger than you. There is zero doubt they can lay a severe beating on you, if they choose. And they’re arguing with you. And you’re trying not to. But they keep cutting you off, getting in your way, following you around, preventing you from being clear of the situation.

    Is that okay? Is it? Now try and use whatever limited cranial capacity you have. Is there any scenario where you think this is okay. Here, let me help you. It’s not okay.

    Stop defending the undefensible.

  20. Kraft, Hill, and Elliott MUST all be punished if the NFL is to save face in any way here! Letting any or all of these guys off without discipline will be another black eye on the league!!!

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