Currently undergoing investigation by the NFL about July allegations of domestic abuse, the woman who accused Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has now alleged that the rookie had another physical incident with her in Florida months before the NFL draft.
An incident reported Friday by USA TODAY Sports from the Aventura (Fla.) Police Department said there were no visible signs of injury to the woman who said he pushed her up against a wall during an argument. She also declined hospital treatment after police responded to a call to Elliott’s apartment on Feb. 12.
The woman also said Elliott who the report refers to as a friend “with benefits” had “lost control” and injured her in the past.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league does not comment on active investigations.
On Monday, Elliott’s lawyer, Frank Salzano said the NFL should end the investigation and that the media is only on a witch hunt after the recent matters regarding former New York Giants punter Josh Brown’s domestic abuse case.
“We firmly believe that the NFL should promptly close its investigation which is only open because of their apprehensiveness stemming from the recent scrutiny it has come under for its handling of other domestic violence matters,” Salzano’s statement said. “Notwithstanding the foregoing, we remain firm that the NFL will clear Mr. Elliott of any wrongdoing and this matter can be finally put to rest.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team’s pre-draft evaluations did not reveal any of the alleged issues.
Elliott leads the league with 799 rushing yards and is on pace to break Eric Dickerson’s 33-year-old rookie record of 1,808 yards.