Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott cleared in domestic violence case
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will not face any charges following domestic violence allegations involving his ex-girlfriend, the Columbus, Ohio, City Attorney's office said Tuesday.
According to authorities, details surrounding the incident were inconsistent and there wasn't enough evidence to bring a case against the Cowboys rookie. The woman claimed Elliott assaulted her on five separate occasions from July 17-22.
City attorney's office says it will not charge Ezekiel Elliott with domestic violence. pic.twitter.com/QuyKvBtCjc— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) September 6, 2016
“This is 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,” authorities said in a statement.
Elliott's father reacted to the news on Twitter.
My son has been vindicated! Truth has prevailed! If he had voliated one of OUR core values I personally would have had him charged! #Justice— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) September 6, 2016
Tiffany Thompson, Elliott’s alleged ex-girlfriend, told police in July that Elliott had assaulted her while they sat in a parked car and she has had pain in her wrist but declined medical treatment. Four witnesses told authorities that they did not see the alleged assault.
Elliott, who has maintained his innocence, told authorities at the time that he never touched Thompson in “a harmful manner.” He said Thompson suffered the bruises in a bar fight.
Thompson alleged that Elliott had struck her “several times” which left “bruises on her arms” during a five-day period. She posted photos of her alleged injuries on Instagram.
Due to “conflicting statements” between Elliott, Thompson and the witnesses, Columbus police referred Thompson to the prosecutor’s office in July.