Woman Who Claims Ezekiel Elliott Got Physical with Her Speaks Out

One year after posting photographs on her Instagram account of bruises to her body and filing a police report in Columbus, Ohio, the woman who says Ezekiel Elliott beat her reportedly has broken her silence, Mark Sanchez of the New York Post reports.

According to TMZ, the accuser released a statement on her Instagram page Saturday, this time not using the Cowboys star’s name, but making it apparent who she is talking about. She has alleged that Elliott got physical with her five times between July 17 and July 22, 2016.

Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever,” she wrote. “Loving someone as much as I did, putting my all in no matter what happened. I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship. Ladies never think you’re too in love or too scared to leave because at one point that was me. There’s plenty of opportunities out there for you. Love yourself first. Speak up and stop domestic violence.”

The accuser has said she was in a relationship with Elliott at the time. Elliott has referred to her as a person with whom he had a “sexual relationship.”

The accuser’s statement comes while the NFL is believed to be close to disciplining Elliott for the allegations. Last week, ESPN reported Elliott was facing a “short suspension” — one or two games — after the league’s investigation. The baseline suspension for a domestic violence incident is six games.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott in Hot Water Again After “Late Night Altercation” in Dallas

The last thing Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott needed this summer was to be back in the headlines, but today that’s exactly where he finds himself after an ‘altercation’ last night at a restaurant in Dallas.

Here’s a quick clip from the story which hit early Monday morning.

As the football world awaits word from the NFL regarding potential punishment for running back Ezekiel Elliott after accusations of domestic violence last year, it turns out the Dallas Cowboys star may now have another legal situation brewing.

According to a report from Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, Elliott was involved in a “late night altercation” at a restaurant called Clutch in Dallas on Sunday night.

And here’s a tweet which goes further into detail on the incident:

Elliott is already facing issues from his past issues outside of football, and it’s hard to think that the league is going to be very happy about this latest incident.

Right now while he hasn’t been officially sat by the league, one would think that it’s likely the Cowboys will be without him for a least 2-4 games at the start of 2017.

CB Byron Jones Gives High Praise to Rookie Taco Charlton and Second-Year LB Jaylon Smith

Cowboys third-year cornerback Byron Jones isn’t worried about being an elder statesman on a depleted defense with low expectations, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

That’s mostly because he’s high on a pair of players Dallas fans have yet to see on the field.

On NFL Total Access on Monday, Jones said rookie Taco Charlton and second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith are way ahead of expectations. Smith, who missed all of last season while recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered at the end of his college football career, has been especially impressive.

“He’s healthy, he’s 100 percent,” Jones said. “His mind — he doesn’t worry about what happened two years ago. He doesn’t care about that. What he’s trying to do, I think his motto is clear-eyed vision. He’s doing well at that. He’s balling out for us so far. He’s learning the playbook and he looks healthy running around.”

On Charlton, Jones said, “We like him. He’s a big dude. I didn’t realize he’d be that big. He’s a solid guy. We’re excited to have him coming off the edge. We’ve got some good pass rushers so far and we have good young talent as well. So we’re excited about what we’ve got on our d-line and they’ll be a good unit for us this year.”

SI Grades the Cowboys in Their NFC East Off-Season Report Card

Sports Illustrated has released their grades for the offseason to this point, including of course the Cowboys and the rest of the NFC East.

Here’s some of what the site had to say about the Cowboys to this point in the offseason.

The reason the Cowboys didn’t address their secondary in the draft’s first round is that they badly needed pass-rushing help. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli doesn’t like to blitz. Instead he favors four-man D-line rush tactics like stunts, twists and grouped slants. Part of the reason he does this is he has a lot of mediocre front-four players who can’t consistently win on their own and need aid from the scheme. Marinelli will still have to lean on these tactics in 2017, but the hope is that with No. 28 overall pick Taco Charlton aboard, it won’t be quite as heavily. A lot is riding on Charlton. With Demarcus Lawrence battling back problems in recent years and David Irving being only a part-time player, the Cowboys really don’t have another pass rusher who can bend the edge snap after snap.

Grade: C+

You can read the rest of what SI has to say about the Cowboys, as well as the NFC East by clicking HERE

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Back on the Field After Missing OTA’s Due to Injury

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott took part in Tuesday’s OTA after he was forced to sit last week after being involved in a minor car accident, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Coach Jason Garrett said Elliott was complaining of body and neck stiffness after the car, in which he was a passenger, was struck on May 21. The Cowboys opted to keep Elliott out of action, but he was able to do some conditioning work on the side.

The Cowboys resumed their second week of OTAs on Tuesday. The media has access to Wednesday’s workout.

Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports Makes an Interesting Pick on Who Would Play QB If Prescott Goes Down

Never one to mince words, Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock today went on record stating who he would think the Cowboys would turn to if starting QB Dak Prescott went down with an injury.

It’s a name that Cowboys fans know all too well.

CBS Sports Video: The Cowboys Got Lucky with QB Dak Prescott

Will Brinson joins Nick Kostos to discuss how the Cowboys got lucky with Dak Prescott.

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Given a Warning for Giving Gifts to North Little Rock Officers

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave improper gifts to North Little Rock police officers but will be given a warning for the violation of Arkansas ethics laws since it was the first violation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jones went to high school in North Little Rock, where he was a running back, before going on to play football at Arkansas and later owning businesses in the state.

How nice was Jones? Nice to the tune of treating over 100 officers plus friends and family members to Dallas Cowboys games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington late last season and paying for hotel accommodations and travel, at a cost of more than $300,000, the Arkansas Times’ Max Brantley reported.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission ruled 3-2 Friday that Jones committed an “unintentional violation” by conferring a gift to North Little Rock police detective Michael Gibbons and other officers, ArkansasOnline.com reported.

Gibbons is president of the North Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police. He and other officers were not sanctioned, according to ArkansasNews.com, since it was a first offense and they are not lobbyists.

The Cowboys owner could have accepted an offer of settlement and agreed to the commission finding but chose to appear before the commission and explain his position.

Russ Racop, who publishes a blog, “Bad Government in Arkansas,” filed the complaint on Nov. 2. He reported on the hearing.

The North Little Rock City Council had passed a resolution Oct. 24 accepting the gifts and passing them along to the officers as an employees benefit, ArkansasOnline.com reported. (The Ethics Commission dismissed Racop’s complaint against the North Little Rock mayor and council members.)

In the hearing, it was noted that “Jones provided the tickets, travel and accommodations to show his appreciation to NLRPD officers.”

And, “there was no evidence that anything was exchanged for the gift nor was anything expected.”

Jones made it clear he wasn’t helping the officers for their “day job,” but for their off-duty volunteer work in helping children in programs such as a police athletic league.

The Cowboys owner, according to Racop’s blog report, gave an “emotional appeal” to the Ethics Commission.

“Holding back tears, with trembling hands,” Jones said he was moved to do something for NLRPD officers after seeing a story on CNN touting good works done by officers.