Many people saw it for what it was: An emotional young player (remember the the pre-game tears) letting his emotions get the better of him after a gut-wrenching loss. Other people used it as a weapon against Urban Meyer's team and proof of a culture of entitlement.
I guess I'm the big bad wolf now lol— EzekielElliott#15 (@EzekielElliott) November 22, 2015
Urban Meyer said during his Monday presser that while he wished Elliott would've come to him privately (where his comments would be 100 percent acceptable), the talented running back would face no discipline heading into Ohio State's showdown with Michigan.
That didn't stop Elliott from tweeting a heartfelt apology to Buckeye Nation for his action:
I am sorry for all those offended by the statements made by me Saturday after OUR loss. My intentions were not to point fingers at anyone for OUR failure.
I hope everyone can understand how strongly I love this team and this university and how much I wanted to win that game but I do not regret anything I said. I have given nothing but blood, sweat and tears for this university and team ever since I stepped on campus in Columbus and have always put the team before myself.
I don't care if I rushed for 20 yards or 200 yards but I just want to win that game. I agree that it was the wrong time and place to say that I was going to leave after this year. But I am not leaving after this season because we lost that game. I could have told you a month ago that that was going to be my last game in the Shoe as you can see I was very emotional before the game.
Finally, I just want Buckeye Nation to know I am sorry for all controversy and unrest I caused in the past couple of days. But I promise you all will get a focused and prepared team this Saturday when we travel to Ann Arbor.
After Ezekiel Elliott's career at Ohio State, it's safe to say he's earned a mulligan. Add a win over Michigan into a mix, and this media brouhaha will become a forgotten memory entirely.