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NFL Expected to Investigate the Las Vegas Incident Involving Ezekiel Elliott; Contract Negotiations Affected?

Last week, it was reported that Ezekiel Elliott shoved a security guard to the ground at a music festival in Las Vegas. The Dallas Cowboys running back was handcuffed at the scene but no charges were pressed. Now a little more than a week later, the NFL has decided to investigate the incident.

TMZ Sports surfaced a video of the incident shortly after it was reported.

This is not the first time Elliott has been in headlines for the wrong reasons. In 2017, the Cowboys star was suspended for six games due to alleged physical abuse acts against his ex-girlfriend. Since then, the running back has been followed closely by the NFL. Although Elliott was ultimately released from his detainment and had no charges pressed against him, he will still be at risk to a punishment from the commissioner.

Elliott’s Contract Negotiations

Elliott has been a workhorse for the Cowboys since being drafted in 2016. He has led the league in rushing yards in two of his three years in the league. In addition, the running back has averaged 289 rushes per year. He has also racked up a total of 4,048 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns.

Ezekiel Elliott Las Vegas
Ezekiel Elliott (Photo by: bleacherreport.com)

During Elliott’s 2017 suspension, the Cowboys struggled immensely in the running game. Because of this, Elliott has proven to be the backbone of the offense. Now entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, the Cowboys running back expects to be paid handsomely, soon. But now with an upcoming investigation of the Las Vegas incident, will it affect his contract negotiations?

According to Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, no.

In a recent interview, Jones stated, “It is so unfair to comment at this point.” He then added, “I know Zeke’s got a big heart. These are all bumps. People have challenges and that’s really all we have to say about it.” The full video is shown below:

At the end of the day, Elliott was not arrested or charged for any crimes. Due to this, Jones has seemed unconcerned about the situation. With that being said, a new contract is likely to get done even in the midst of the surfaced video.

 

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