Michael Irvin Gives Advice to Ezekiel Elliott Following Controversial Incidents

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 26, 2017

Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott gets ready before an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Michael Ainsworth/Associated Press

Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin has offered his advice to running back Ezekiel Elliott in light of the young star's recent controversial actions. 

During an interview on 105.3 The Fan (via The Dallas Morning News), Irvin had this response when asked what he would say to Elliott:

Not to ever make an excuse for anybody, but he's a young guy. And I don't mind a guy having fun and all of that. But I need him to understand the enormity of everything surrounding him. I know Ohio State is huge, but the Dallas Cowboys are something different. Everything you do, anything you do ... that's going to get out, that's going to be a story. And you have to try to stay away from that. As I was watching it, I remember when I first saw it... I checked my calendar. Is this Mardi Gras? When you watch it, you can see the wheels turning in his head ... don't do it; don't do it. But he does it. He just has to be careful, man. I'm glad that nothing has come of it as of yet.

Elliott's inability to stay out of the spotlight for the wrong reasons since the season ended has left an unsettling cloud hanging over his head.

TMZ reported last month Elliott was detained by police at a Columbus nightclub before later updating the story to note Elliott was not detained and "voluntarily gave cops some information and then left."

Elliott said in a since-deleted tweet he "was never 'detained' by the police," per Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. "Nor was I ever questioned or in any type of trouble."

During a St. Patrick's party, Elliott was seen on video pulling down a woman's shirt and exposing her bare breast, per TMZ. A representative for Elliott described it as "all in good fun" and said the woman wasn't upset about the incident.

Last week, TMZ reported Elliott's yacht party was searched by the United States Coast Guard, though it was only to ensure there were enough life jackets available and there was no citation issued. 

The NFL is also investigating Elliott for an alleged domestic violence incident from last July that could result in him being suspended if the league finds sufficient evidence he was in violation of the personal conduct policy.

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