Dallas Cowboys superstar Ezekiel Elliott was captured on video exposing a woman's breast to a crowd during a St. Patrick's Day party in Dallas over the weekend. According to TMZ, Elliott's camp said that the woman "wasn't upset," but she could later be seen batting Elliott's hand away when he attempted to expose her a second time.
This is far from the first off-field incident for the All-Pro running back who became a superstar in 2016, and on Tuesday's episode of Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless agreed that Elliott could suffer long-term consequences if he doesn't change his behavior soon.
Shannon Sharpe: This type of behavior is unacceptable from anyone
“Now when I first saw this video, I just saw the first part. I saw him expose the lady’s breast. And then TMZ later came along and showed the second part.
The first part looks to me that she is surprised, because immediately, as soon as she feels it happen, she covers herself. Now he goes in to do it again and she knocks his hands out of the way.
No woman should ever be subjected to this type of behavior, regardless of the setting, regardless of the environment, regardless if you’ve been drinking or not.
Now I’m guessing this is a St. Patrick’s Day parade. We know what normally happens during St. Patrick’s Day, that’s one of the occasions that a lot of people like to drink.
I’m not going to excuse Ezekiel’s behavior. Later, she exposes her own breast. Basically, she’s telling Ezekiel Elliott ‘you don’t get to determine whether or not I show my breast. This is my body, I get to determine that. If I want to do it…’ although I might not agree with it, that’s her choice. Well within her right.”
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Shannon Sharpe: Elliott will always be a burden to his coaches
“Skip, I’ve said this for months. Wherever this young man is, be it the Cowboys or any of the other 31 teams, the head coach and the general manager will never, ever be able to put their phone on silent as long as he’s on their roster.
Because there’s always the potential, the possibility or probability that you’re going to get a phone call. You hope it’s nothing serious, but somehow, some way … trouble, incidents seem to follow this young man around, and we’ve seen it over and over.
What Zeke doesn’t understand - his dad left St. Louis, moved to Columbus, Ohio, because he says ‘my son is naive. My son does not understand who and what he is.’”
Skip: “The quote was: ‘my son doesn’t know how to navigate life as a superstar.’”
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Shannon Sharpe: Elliott cannot put himself in these situations
“Now, this was going to Ohio State. Magnify that by three, four times. He was an All-Pro running back. He had the best record in the NFL. So now what happened at Ohio State gets magnified because you’re in the National Football League, and you’re a Dallas Cowboy.
He has to act differently. He’s not normal. Because guess what, Skip… Do I believe that Ezekiel Elliott - and I’m not excusing what he did - do I believe he was the only one male that probably exposed a female’s breast? No. But he’s the only one named ‘Ezekiel Elliott.’ And therein lies the rub.
My grandfather used to tell my brother ‘short-term actions have long-term and lasting consequences.’
Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, she sees that video. ‘That’s Ezekiel Elliott. He’s got $24 million guaranteed. Let me get me a lawyer and see what they say. What if a lawyer comes to her? What if her girlfriends, what if her parents see that? Now what?
See, you subjected yourself for something you shouldn’t have. You shouldn’t even put yourself in that situation.”
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Shannon Sharpe: There are too many red flags with Zeke
“This is what I don’t get about this young man - he still has a pending investigation into a domestic allegation about him and his ex-girlfriend. We also had an incident about a month ago, the report came out that a friend of his was trying to get into a club with a firearm.
Let me tell you how my buddies did me when I was in the NFL and I would go home. Skip, I would go places, and I was like ‘OK, I’m about to head back to my grandmother’s house. Who needs a ride back downtown?’
They’d say ‘Sharpe, we ain’t even going to put you in that situation. You made it out, we want to make sure you stay making it out.’ They say ‘you know what I do. If you were to get stopped, even though it’s on me, I’m not the headline. They already know I’m dirty. You’re it. We can’t put you in harm’s way.’
That’s what home boys do. That’s what buddies do that care about you and your well-being.
He doesn’t get it, Skip, and I hope nothing serious happens to him before he gets the message. Because he’s getting warnings, but he’s not adhering to them… there’s too many red flags. I’m starting to believe this is not being young and naive. This is being who he is.”
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Skip Bayless: Jerry Jones may have to step in to help Elliott
“This was obviously just so, so bad and so, so wrong. And I was not surprised, because it’s always something with Ezekiel Elliott. He’s always on the edge of trouble, if not in trouble. You said ‘trouble follows him,’ no, he seeks it. Unwittingly, maybe, but he just seeks it, because he constantly puts himself in harm’s way. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong situation.
Obviously he just doesn’t get it, and I’m not sure he will until it’s toolate… I’m afraid it’s going to be too late that he learns his lesson because he gets so punished he has to learn his lesson. And it may cost him part or all of his career before this is over, because it has been one thing after another after another. To the point that I’m going to ask Jerry Jones publicly, maybe you should do what you did for Pacman Jones back in the day, or for Dez Bryant - and that’s to hire a babysitter. 24-hour security to hang with him.”
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Skip Bayless: Is he daring the NFL to suspend him?
“In this case, we knew going in that Ezekiel likes to party. He likes to get out among them, he likes people, he likes to have his fun. What I don’t know for sure, does he have problems with alcohol? Handling his alcohol? Does he have problems with domestic violence? We have our suspicions because the same woman accused him twice in Columbus, Ohio and down in south Florida. And, in each case, the authorities dropped the charges on ‘insufficient evidence.’
Jerry Jones has repeatedly said, almost defiantly said publicly to reporters ‘there is no case,’ in either case. Even though the NFL continues to say ‘nope, our investigation is ongoing.’ So obviously, that means it’s still possible the NFL could suspend Ezekiel Elliott because the NFL doesn’t need legal charges to suspend.
… The behavior is inexcusable given what’s hanging over his head, ongoing. It comes across to me like he’s daring the NFL to suspend him. It comes across like he’s continuing to dare the devil in every situation he throws himself into. It’s time and time again that I have to sit back and ask myself ‘what were you thinking?’ Well, he wasn’t.
He just doesn’t think, and he’s not afraid yet to have to stop and think before he acts.”
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Shannon Sharpe: You have to change the way you do business
“Ezekiel, I’m talking to you like a father because I have a son that’s a little older than you. I will never tell you what you want to hear, but I’ll always tell you what you need to know.
And what you need to know now is your behavior is unacceptable. Your actions are unacceptable, and you’re heading down a path that you don’t want to head down. This is on your resume. Now, how high up it continuously moves is going to be up to you.
But Zeke, you better change the way you do business or this isn’t going to end well. You’re not the first great player to come into the National Football League, you won’t be the last.”