A Texas pet spa worker has filed a lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after his Rottweiler allegedly attacked the man in March.
TMZ Sports reported Saturday that Brandon Williams, who was working at the Bliss Pet Resort at the time, is seeking between $250,000 and $1 million in damages, saying he was "seriously injured" during the attack. The Bliss Pet Resort is also named in the lawsuit.
Frank Salzano, Elliott's attorney, provided a statement to TMZ about the suit.
"Mr. Elliott and his representatives were very surprised to learn of Mr. Williams' complaint, particularly given that Bliss Pet Spa indicated at the time of the incident that this was not uncommon and was being handled under standard spa protocol," Salzano said. "Mr. Elliott will address this matter accordingly."
It's the third time Elliott's dogs have been publicly accused of attacking people, per TMZ.
Last June, the Cowboys star was sued by a woman who said she was "ambushed" by the Rottweiler and two bulldogs while she was cleaning Elliott's pool. She was seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in damages. There has been no public update on the lawsuit.
In May, the Frisco Police Department announced an investigation after the three dogs allegedly escaped Elliott's home and bit two neighbors. Elliott received three citations for having a dog at large and could face further charges depending on the results of the probe.
Elliott had showcased a tattoo featuring one of his dogs, Ace, in 2018:
The 25-year-old Ohio State product has spent his entire pro career with the Cowboys, who selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft. He's a three-time Pro Bowl selection and won the NFL rushing title in 2016 and 2018.
Dallas is scheduled to kick off the 2021 campaign Sept. 9 against the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There's been no indication the legal trouble involving his dogs will impact Elliott's availability for the new season.