Dallas Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed but not charged after shoving a security guard at a Las Vegas music festival this weekend, as seen in video recently obtained by TMZ.
Elliott’s attorney Frank Salzano told TMZ that security guards at the EDC Music Festival “misconstrued and overreacted to the situation” early Saturday morning involving Elliott and a female, with whom he appears to have an animated conversation and bump a few times with his body prior to security intervening. Elliott then says to a security guard, "you got something to say?" before bumping him to the ground and claiming, "I didn't do anything."
"He was cuffed as a precautionary measure,” Salzano told TMZ. “He was released with no charges. He left Vegas that night and went to his [youth football camp in Dallas] on Sunday."
From his youth camp, Elliott told CBS-11 that he's matured after a rocky start to his NFL career that included a suspension for alleged domestic violence, removing the top of a female at a St. Patrick's Day party and allegedly punching a man in a Dallas night club.
"Just kind of growing up," Elliott said. "I came into this league real young and had a lot to learn. I got those boo-boos, I messed up a couple of times and I learned from my mistakes. It made me a better person."
Elliott was suspended and ultimately served six games in 2017 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct ban following a lengthy litigation process after multiple incidents of alleged abuse involving his then-girlfriend prior to joining the NFL. It’s worth noting that Elliott was punished by commissioner Roger Goodell despite never being charged, and although no formal charges were filed in this incident, the NFL is likely to conduct its own investigation.
Elliott, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, led the league in rushing as a rookie and again in 2018, with the Cowboys winning the division in both seasons. The Cowboys have publicly expressed interest in signing him to a contract extension, though with two years remaining on his current deal, it likely won't get done before new deals for QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper, if at all.
This offseason, the Cowboys have seen DE Randy Gregory hit with yet another substance-abuse suspension and DL David Irving abruptly announce his retirement from the NFL while simultaneously smoking marijuana on social media. Starting DT and team captain Tyrone Crawford was charged with unlawful assembly following a Florida bar brawl and is also subject to suspension.
Second-round draft pick DT Trysten Hill of Central Florida, a first-round talent with late-round football character questions, reportedly signed an informal work ethic contract with veteran DC Rod Marinelli upon being selected by the Cowboys.