Now that his rookie NFL season is over, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wants the league’s investigation into domestic violence claims against him to end.
“I do want closure. I do,” Elliott told reporters after the Cowboys’ 34-31 loss Sunday to the Green Bay Packers. “I would rather them not drag on as long. I think if there was something to find, which there’s not, they would’ve found it by now. The police did a very thorough investigation. I will tell you this — it just seems like they’re dragging their feet right now. Who knows, man? I just want it to end.”
Elliott, 21, was cleared when the city prosecutor’s office in Columbus, Ohio — where Ezekiel played for Ohio State — determined that there wasn’t enough substance to pursue charges. Last summer, the prosecutor’s investigation came about after Elliott’s ex-girlfriend posted pictures of her bruised arms on Instagram and tagged Elliott. Police in Aventura, Fla., were also called to Elliott’s apartment in February to investigate an altercation involving the same woman, USA Today reported in November.
The NFL’s investigation has gone on throughout Elliott’s rookie season, and ESPN reported Sunday that the league has submitted follow-up questions to Elliott within the past month. He is still responding to those. A player does not have to be charged in the legal system to be suspended by the NFL for a violation of the personal conduct policy.