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Ezekiel Elliott Avoids Punishment After Meeting with NFL Commissioner

Dan Hope's picture
July 3, 2019 at 3:11pm

For the second time in two years, former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott was summoned to the NFL commissioner's office this week, but he won't have to serve a suspension this time around.

After Elliott met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday regarding a May incident in Las Vegas, in which he was involved in an altercation with a security guard at a music festival, the NFL announced Wednesday that Elliott was not found to have violated the league's personal conduct policy and will face no further discipline as a result.

The league's statement:

Immediately following reports of an incident in Las Vegas in May involving Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL conducted a comprehensive investigation that included interviews with multiple witnesses, including security personnel and others with direct involvement, as well as a review of documentary and other information.

On Tuesday, as part of the review, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Mr. Elliott to reinforce the standards of conduct expected of him and the consequences for failing to meet those standards.

Mr. Elliott acknowledged that he demonstrated poor judgment and committed to make better choices in the future. 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.

Elliott was not arrested or charged following the incident, but acknowledged in a statement released on Twitter on Tuesday that he "made a poor decision" by putting himself in that situation, in which he was accused of pushing a security guard to the ground.

Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL in 2017 after the league determined that he violated its personal conduct policy following an investigation into domestic violence allegations made by his former girlfriend in 2016. Elliott has maintained that he was not violent toward his former girlfriend, and did not face criminal charges for those accusations.

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