Report: NFL Likely to Review Video of Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott Being Handcuffed

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2019

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) walks off the field after NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday, May. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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The NFL is reportedly "likely" to review video footage of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott throwing a forearm into a security guard who hit a metal gate and fell to the ground during a concert in Las Vegas.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported the news, noting the league will review the footage that appeared on TMZ to determine whether Elliott violated guidelines stemming from his previous six-game suspension. While the Cowboys running back was not arrested or charged following the incident, he was temporarily put in handcuffs. 

Robinson noted Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, as well as sources close to the team and the running back, believe there will not be any additional consequences for Elliott. However, a source from within the NFL's executive branch said commissioner Roger Goodell can "clearly" review the footage using the personal conduct policy.

The NFL source believes that is especially the case because Elliott was suspended for six games during the 2017 campaign following the league's investigation into domestic violence allegations brought against him by former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson.

According to Robinson, "that previous case continues to be a source of resentment at the highest levels of the Cowboys franchise, largely due to the league's sole interviewer of Elliott's accuser having recommended no discipline after finding inconsistencies and credibility issues with [Thompson's] statements."

The belief from within the Cowboys is the previous suspension puts him further under the microscope for reviews and punishments even though they believe it was "fueled by a previously flawed investigation."

TMZ Sports cited Elliott's attorney, Frank Salzano, who said "security misconstrued and overreacted to the situation" in Las Vegas.

The video shows Elliott blocking a woman's path with his body multiple times as he argued with her. He then says "You got something to say?" while confronting the security guard who eventually falls to the ground. 

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