Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott(Ezekiel Elliott Jersey) has been accused of domestic violence but has denied the allegation.
A woman who says she’s Elliott’s former live-in girlfriend has accused the former Ohio State star of assaulting her multiple times over the past week, according to police reports filed Friday morning in Columbus, Ohio, and obtained by ESPN.
Elliott, who turned 21 on Friday, denied assaulting the woman and told police that he never lived with her. He has not been arrested or charged with a crime.
The Cowboys are aware of the police reports but have not officially commented. The NFL will review the case under its personal conduct policy, a league representative told ESPN.
The woman, identified as Tiffany Thompson, told police that Elliott assaulted her while they sat in a parked car early Friday morning, according to one police report. She told police that she had pain in her right wrist and a red mark but declined medical treatment, according to the report.
Four witnesses, including one who was sitting in the car at the time of the alleged incident, told police that they did not observe an assault.
Thompson also accused Elliott of striking her “several times” and “leaving bruises on her arms” over a five-day period from Saturday to Wednesday, according to a second police report. Elliott, however, told police that he never touched Thompson in “a harmful manner,” saying she suffered the bruises during a bar fight.
Thompson told police that she lived with Elliott for about three months, but the running back said that he only paid for her rent and co-signed on her vehicle.
Columbus police have referred Thompson to the prosecutor’s office, citing “conflicting statements” between Elliott, the woman and witnesses along with “the inability at the time of the report to prove recent co-habitation.”
Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott, released a statement Friday afternoon, saying his son “has done nothing wrong.”
“The reported allegations and Internet postings regarding our son are completely false,” Stacy Elliott said. “Ezekiel has done nothing wrong. The police have investigated this matter and eyewitnesses have verified the lack of any wrongdoing. The actual evidence in this matter clearly indicates what the real motivation was behind the police being called. We are confident that when the truth comes to light it will reveal the falsity of these claims. Ezekiel has been fully cooperative with the police and will continue to do so — along with cooperating with the NFL — moving forward.”
ESPN typically does not release the names of alleged domestic violence victims, but Thompson, 20, posted Instagram photos Friday showing bruises on her body. One of her posts was tagged to Elliott.
Thompson’s Instagram account was made private later Friday morning.
The Cowboys selected Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft. Elliott rushed for more than 1,800 yards in each of the past two seasons at Ohio State and scored 41 touchdowns over that stretch.
Elliot’s No. 21 jersey with the Cowboys has been the top-selling jersey on NFLShop.com over the past three months, based on sales from April 1 to June 30.