Ezekiel Elliott Needs to Grow Up
The Dallas Cowboys got themselves a shiny new toy in April last year when Ezekiel Elliott arrived with the fourth overall pick. Elliott’s play on the field was special and he was a big part of the nine win turnaround last season. Few would disagree the rookie runners fit with the Cowboys was far and away the best of any team and player from the draft.
However, trouble seems to be just around the corner with Zeke. A few days ago at a St. Patrick’s Day party, gossip website TMZ saw Elliott exposing a woman’s bare breast by pulling down her shirt. The woman did not say she was offended and kept hanging out Elliott afterwards. In fact, there are further reports that the star runner and the young woman are still hanging out.
No matter what you think about the situation, it’s something that bears watching, especially with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s reputation for punishing those who tarnish the shield. For a player who is currently being investigated by the league for a prior domestic violence case, it is ‘bad optics,’ as they say.
While it’s important to note that Elliott has been cleared by law enforcement agencies in the DV case, the NFL is their own entity and continues to look into the matter. This won’t help his cause.
In this new situation, it doesn’t appear there is anything too scathing other than bad judgement on Elliott’s part. Actually, make that horrendous judgement, and unfortunately, that has become a trend. Why would Elliott put himself in that position when all eyes are already on him from another investigation, as well as being a target as a standout player for America’s Team?
First there was the domestic violence accusation, then it was the rookie wandering into a marijuana shop in Seattle, a few weeks ago he was pulled out of a bar and questioned after someone with a loaded gun claimed to be Elliott’s best friend, and now this. There always seems to be something going on with Elliott and things appear (appear) to be piling up.
It’s fine for young adults to have fun, we get that, but what Zeke did was lewd and uncalled for. There was no need to expose a woman’s breast, even if she appeared to be encouraging him to do so. You can bet the league office is looking into the situation and any suspension would hurt the team. Elliott makes this offense go, heck, it was built around him.
Now, there is precedent for allowing this ‘type’ of behavior. A few years ago, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski motor boated (I don’t have to explain do I?) a young woman in public and there were no consequences from the league. However, that didn’t make what Gronk did right, he wasn’t being investigated by the NFL at the time, and the woman’s breasts were never exposed.
The Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott need to have a serious conversation. These types of things cannot continue to go on and Elliott should be more careful about what he does in public. Soon, he’ll be the one getting exposed.
It’s time for Ezekiel Elliott to grow up.
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