OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is subject to two investigations regarding a domestic violence allegations, one from the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney’s office and the other from the NFL, but he steered clear of questions about the investigations as he addressed the media for the first time in training camp on Sunday.
“I’m not going to comment on anything regarding any legal matters but I’m glad to talk about football,” Elliott said when asked three questions pertaining to the allegations.
Elliott was not charged by police or arrested. Four witnesses said they did not see an incident occur. In the police report, Elliott denied assaulting Tiffany Thompson and told police he never lived with here. Elliott’s father, Stacy, released a statement after the incident denying the allegation and that read in part: “The actual evidence in this matter clearly indicates what the real motivation was behind the police being called. We are confident that when the truth comes to light it will reveal the falsity of these claims.”
The Cowboys have backed Elliott.
“We’ve seen no contradictions from any of the information that we’ve seen [from Elliott],” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on Friday. “The information we’ve seen would have him here in camp and involved with us. I’ve seen no bits of information that contradicted that.”
Elliott, whom the Cowboys selected with the fourth overall pick, did answer football questions.
His first few days of training camp have been eye opening.
“I kind of got a taste of it at the OTAs but it’s a little bit different when you get to camp where the practices are longer,” Elliott said. “And it’s been a little bit different because we’ve not been able to do any defense and offense stuff other than walkthrough. So I’m excited to get out there and compete.”
Elliott has worked with the first team with Alfred Morris working with the second team and that is likely to continue as Darren McFadden continues his recovery from a broken elbow. Lance Dunbar is also unable to practice as he recovers from a knee injury.
“Just doing what the coaches are asking me to do, whatever I need to help the team win ballgames,” Elliott said. “So just coming out, competing every day, In the running backs room we’re down a couple of bodies right now so we’ve all got to come together and get in shape and lean on each other.”
Elliott enters the season with perhaps the highest expectations of any rookie in football, even with quarterbacks Jared Goff and Carson Wentz going in the first two picks to the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles.
“I think outside expectations, they really don’t mean much to me,” Elliott said. “I don’t think anyone can expect anything more of myself than me and my teammates and that’s all that matters.”