Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliot just can’t stay out of the news for the wrong reasons. As we reported last week, Zeke is staring down a potential suspension from the league stemming from the alleged domestic violence situation that took place in 2016.
On Sunday, he racked up his second situation this offseason in which he may have used poor judgment under the influence of alcohol.
A 30-year-old man was transported to the hospital with “non life-threatening injuries” after he was allegedly punched by Elliot.
Other reports state that the sophomore star broke the victim’s nose.
In June at mini-camp, Elliot discussed staying out of the spotlight for stupid reasons after he was a passenger in a car that was involved in accident.
“Just trying to learn to stay out of the way,” Elliott said. “Whatever you do is going to be seen.”
“I think it’s just life,” Elliott said. “You learn from your mistakes, and if you don’t, it can be brutal. So it’s just part of life.”
Take all of this and add it together with the infamous St. Patty’s Day incident in which Elliot exposed a woman’s breast to a crowd of onlookers and you have a situation.
From Hollywood Henderson to Michael Irvin to Pacman Jones and others, the Cowboys have hosted plenty of controversial players on their roster.
Elliot seems to not understand that all of these stupid little things will add up to major problems.
In his favor is an owner that will tolerate his ill-advised visit to a weed dispensary. But with that freedom should come a little bit of personal responsibility.
Everyone around the situation is taking the “gathering facts” stance via press releases and what not.
But one of these forces whether it’s the league, the Cowboys or a personal mentor needs to remind Elliot that people in the street do not have his best interest at heart.
There are plenty of “fans” that would love to irritate and sue a ballplayer for a quick check after getting what they probably asked for and had coming to them.
Sometimes right and wrong have nothing to do with how a situation should be handled.
More times than not, it’s about smart and not smart and Elliot needs to wise up before his career takes a few lumps that could have been avoided.