TMZ: Kyle Johnson Tried to Extort Ezekiel Elliott for $500K, Autographs and More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2019

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.(AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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Ezekiel Elliott told Las Vegas police that the security guard he was seen on video pushing over in May, Kyle Johnson, demanded $500,000 to stay quiet about the incident, per TMZ Sports.

Other requests included "a public apology from Elliott, a press conference with Elliott and Kyle, $25,000 for the junior college football team Kyle played for and signed jerseys from Zeke, Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott."

Additionally, Johnson requested "tickets to Cowboys games (both home and road), Ohio State games and a meet-and-greet with Jerry Jones and his son."

One of Elliott's attorneys responded to the requests made by Johnson, reportedly telling his father, Kelly Johnson, that "what [he] was doing was extortion," per TMZ.

After that conversation, Kelly Johnson chose to go public with the situation and pressed charges against Elliott, though prosecutors didn't pursue them. The NFL also investigated the incident and decided against punishing Elliott.

"Mr. Elliott acknowledged that he demonstrated poor judgment and committed to make better choices in the future," the league said in a statement in early July (h/t Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk). "He volunteered to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally. Commissioner Goodell determined there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted."

According to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports, Elliott told authorities, "I had no intention to push and/or harm or intimidate Kyle Johnson. After Kyle Johnson fell and I was finished speaking with the officers nearby, I immediately apologized to Kyle, and he indicated to me that he was not hurt."

Additionally, the pair took a picture together.

"We gave each other a hug, and he asked me to take a picture with him, which I was happy to do as there was never any intention to harm or hurt Kyle," Elliott continued.

The 24-year-old remains away from the Cowboys as he holds out for a contract extension. It remains unclear whether Elliott will follow in the footsteps of fellow running back Le'Veon Bell and take that holdout into the regular season or whether the stand-off will be resolved by then.