If the contract holdout of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t quite enough, another layer of drama has been added to the mix. The organization and Elliott are being sued for $20 million over an alleged cover-up of a car accident that occurred in 2017, according to TMZ Sports.
On January 11, 2017, Elliot was involved in a car accident near the team facility and Frisco Police reported the accident as “minor.”
Elliott tweeted that he was fine after the incident.
The driver of the other car sued Elliott for $1 million in August 2018 for “serious, life-altering injuries and damages.
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TMZ is reporting that Elliott’s people and the Frisco Police Department covered up details of the incident.
Alleged plaintiff, Ronnie Hill, says in the lawsuit that no one reported details of the accident or examined Elliott. He claims that Elliott “most likely” would have been ruled out for the Cowboys’ playoff game against the Green Bay Packers for a concussion just days later. The Cowboys lost but Elliott had 125 yards. If confirmed, this could bring on a legal battle and is especially intriguing because “America’s Team” is involved in the incident.
According to USA Today NFL reporter Jori Epstein, Frisco Police have claimed the allegations that they conspired with the Cowboys are false. They also claimed both Elliott and Hill declined medical attention or requested EMS or treatment at the scene.
Details will continue to emerge as legal proceedings tend to take an extended period of time to be resolved. It might be into the 2020 season before anything final decision on this situation comes to light.
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Ezekiel Elliott’s Contract Holdout
Elliott reportedly went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico around the start of Cowboys’ training camp, as Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reported. He’ll likely continue to train while his teammates get ready for the season in Oxnard, CA.
As Elliott enters his fourth season with the Cowboys, he has rushed for a total of over 4,000 yards and remains the focal point of the team’s offense. His numbers could improve even more with a now-healthy offensive line.
The team will need Elliott to provide the same consistency he has throughout his NFL career thus far. He will also continue to see plenty of work as a pass-catcher. Quarterback Dak Prescott leaned on him often last season on big downs. He will likely continue that trend once again in 2019.
It remains to be seen how the league would handle this situation if Elliott and the Cowboys are found liable. With Elliott’s history, the league might be stiff on the penalty, but there’s been nothing concrete that points to how this legal situation could play out.
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