Rusher Ezekiel Elliott Joins Cowboys' OTAs as NFL Continues Domestic Violence Probe

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 06/02/17 07:26AM EDT
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Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after a first down against the Philadelphia Eagles.(Photo : Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The NFL has resumed its domestic violence investigation against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who recently joined the squad's organized team activities (OTAs) following a minor car accident.

Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that that NFL Players Association recently turned over phone records and other documents that league investigators in connection with Elliott's case that has hounded him since his rookie season last year.

League investigators have been asking for these phone records and documents as part of their investigation whether to punish Elliott as part of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The league has been investigating the incident for almost a year since a woman, claiming to be his girlfriend, came forward last July and accused Elliott of domestic violence. Elliott, for his part, admitted that he had sexual relationship with the woman and helped her in rent and in co-signing a car lease.

The woman accused Elliott of choking her, attempting to hit her in the face and throwing her against doors and onto a bed and refusing to let her leave his apartment on multiple occasions last July.

However, the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney's Office declined to file charges against Elliott due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents.

According to Pelissero, the league has given no answer on when it will end the investigation, aside from saying that it's ongoing.

Both Elliott and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have expressed frustrations over the long process.

"I do want closure," Elliott told the Dallas Morning News in January. "I would rather it not drag on this long. If there was something to find, which there's not, they would've found it by now."

"Absolutely nothing anywhere that indicates anything other than what they told us when we left training camp and that is that they have no cause," Jones told Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

Elliott was impressive in his rookie year, finishing the season as the NFL rushing yards with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.



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