Almost a month after the NFL announced it would not be punishing Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for an incident that transpired in Las Vegas, it appears he will also avoid punishment by the law.
TMZ Sports reported early Saturday morning that Elliott will not face criminal charges for an altercation that took place between him and an EDC security guard. According to TMZ, which cited police documents, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department met with prosecutors late last month and determined they could not move forward with charges after reviewing the incident.
According to Enzo Marino of FOX 5 Las Vegas, EDC security guard Kyle Johnson pressed charges with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department against Elliott following the alleged assault that took place May 19 in which Elliott appeared to bump Johnson backward into a metal fence
In response, Elliott's lawyers released a statement to NFL Network's Ian Rapport, labeling the complaint as extortion.
The statement read: "Over the course of the past several weeks, Mr. Elliott has been the target of extortion. Kyle Johnson's filing of a criminal complaint against Mr. Elliott in connection with the Las Vegas incident is the latest attempt to do so. Mr. Elliott and his team are in contact with all of the proper authorities and are fully cooperating with them in their investigations."
During the incident, Elliott was handcuffed and briefly detained by police around 3 a.m. May 19 at the Electric Daisy Carnival. Elliott, according to video footage posted on the TMZ Sports website, was in a discussion with a woman TMZ identified as his girlfriend, who Elliott followed around the festival grounds. He was with the woman when he asked a security staffer, "You got something to say?" Elliott came chest-to-chest with the man, later identified as 19-year-old Johnson, and appeared to bump him backward and into a metal gate.
Elliott was released after Johnson declined to press charges.
Elliott issued an apology June 2 for his role in the early morning altercation, vowing to work harder to avoid compromising situations.
"I've worked hard to make better decisions and to live up to the high standards that are expected of me. I failed to do that here and I made a poor decision," Elliott said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
"I apologized to Kyle Johnson at the time and I meant it."
by Sports Day DFW