NFL investigators recently interviewed Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott as part of the league’s ongoing probe into allegations of domestic violence made by his ex-girlfriend, a person close to Elliott told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not been authorized to speak publicly on behalf of Elliott, who learned days before the Cowboys’ opener last month he wouldn’t face criminal charges for any of the five alleged incidents.
In a statement Sept. 6, the Columbus (Ohio) City Attorney’s Office said prosecutors were declining to pursue charges after reviewing all evidence, “primarily due to conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents resulting in concern regarding the sufficiency of the evidence to support the filing of criminal charges.”
However, the NFL – which has come under renewed fire in recent weeks over its handling of the May 2015 domestic violence arrest of then-New York Giants kicker Josh Brown – has continued to pursue the Elliott matter, as it pledged to do parallel to law enforcement in the aftermath of the Ray Rice fiasco and other issues in 2014.
Like Elliott, Brown was not criminally charged. The NFL still suspended Brown one game, then placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list and reopened its investigation last week after authorities in Washington released documents that included new allegations and admissions of abuse by Brown in emails and journals provided by his ex-wife.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to confirm Elliott's interview, saying only that the league is actively reviewing the matter.
Elliott leads the NFL with 703 rushing yards.