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Ezekiel Elliott Needs to Grow Up

Ezekiel Elliott

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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  • McShrek

    BTW………..laptop just informed me that the Cowboys Nation certificate has expired as to security protocols……….thought you guys should know

  • McShrek

    As i wrote last year when this subject came up, the fans are at the heart of this issue…..we want to give these guys passes on just about every instance until someone gets hurt, rhe incidenst are now mounting against him, three in less than three years…………Zeke has no self awareness/common sense at all, in an era where everyone is a reporter with a camera………and for those of you that want to keep giving him passes………if he does this in the public eye, what can you deduce and project about his behavior in private?

    • Taylor

      There is no evidence that Zeke attacked his so called gf. This was thoroughly investigated, not a homer look, and there was no evidence that the incident or multiple incidents occurred. Trying to project Zeke in private is as fruitful as trying to project McShrek based on posts here.

      • McShrek

        You and i are old enough to know that where there is smoke there is usually fire, thoroguhly investigated???…….20-21 year olds are “usually” not savvy enough at that age to make accussations without cause……….Not buying it all……..even the ESPN talking heads came down hard on Zeke for his latest idiocy

        • Michael

          I agree with Shrek and Ben. Pulling down a woman’s top at a public parade is evidence enough that Elliot needs to grow up. I don’t need to know his innermost thoughts to know that his behavior is wrong, boorish, and has him headed towards a suspension.

          Young and stupid aren’t excuses anymore. Urban Meyer isn’t around to clean up after him anymore. He is paid an adult salary to play professional football. Time to act like it.

        • Taylor

          Yes, thoroughly investigated by an actual police department, not a campus police department. You’re convicting him when the professionals decided not to pursue the case. What he did was stupid, although the young woman didn’t object, but is in no way a correlation to Rice, Hardy, or the NY kicker.

          • McShrek

            “Not pursuing a case” is not any sign of an acquittal that anything did in fact take place, more of an indication that Zeke or his people bought her off….the authorities are not going to waste any time pursing a charge where the victim would not testify…..yes i believe he has a problem, either arrogance or possibly worse.

  • daledoe

    I’m sick and tired of people judging a 21 year old kid and expecting them to be something other than a 21 year old kid. The incident is nothing that anyone that age has not done or thought of doing. Social media and the P C police blow this kind of stuff so out of proportion. If the NFL suspends him for this he should hire a lawyer and go after them. Roger Goddell continually oversteps his bounds on league discipline. Judge, jury, and executioner. No victim. No complaint. No problem!

    • McShrek

      Really???

  • Taylor

    The domestic violence case has been dropped by everyone but the NFL czar. Go to one of these huge, largely drunken parades, and you will see young women pull their own shirts up. A non-issue. I’m 66, was in Portland and visited a pot shop, just to look. Neither I nor Zeke bought anything, so also a non-issue. He doesn’t beat people up, doesn’t shoplift, pays his bills, doesn’t sexually assault women, Zeke is far from the problem child you describe.

  • Michael

    What is the plan when Elliot does something stupid enough to draw a suspension? You do get the feeling a suspension will come at some point if this kind of thing continues. A solid rule of player evaluation is to never trust a player from Urban Meyer’s program.

    The Cowboys can always run him into the ground over the course of his rookie contract and then let him walk. They have that safeguard.