The father of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is facing 21 charges for illegally keeping an exotic cat as a pet.
Elliott’s father, Stacy Elliott (also known as Stacy El-Muhammad), was charged Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Fairfield Area Humane Society and Fairfield County dog warden, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
El-Muhammad is accused of keeping a serval, which is a wild cat from Africa, as a pet. Many of the charges have to do with a failure to notify, register and receive a permit to keep such a pet. El-Muhammad is also charged for lying to authorities about being the pet’s owner.
Authorities learned about the serval because of an Oct. 13 incident when it attacked a neighborhood dog near El-Muhammad’s Violet Township home. A responding deputy from the sheriff’s office shot and killed the animal.
El-Muhammad’s son is in his fourth season with the Cowboys. Several years ago, famous UFC champion Jon Jones bought a serval as a pet, so while uncommon, this is not exactly unheard of.
Ezekiel Elliott on Wednesday offered a great quote about his role on the Dallas Cowboys.
Zeke has been held to under 50 yards rushing the past two games. That doesn’t sound good, but Dallas won last week at Detroit, and Zeke is keeping things in perspective.
He said Wednesday that the media makes him “feel awkward” because they focus on his lack of stats even when the team wins.
Despite holding out for $90m, Zeke Elliott has always been about team, which is why he is great blocker. He is frustrated with run game but not down in the dumps.
"You guys make me feel awkward, like I’m supposed to be pissed because I had 40 yards and we won a football game."
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) November 20, 2019
Elliott actually scored twice in the game, and it’s not like he hasn’t been doing well all season. Prior to the two straight sub-50 games, he had three straight 100-yard efforts.
Elliott seems like he’s going to take the chances as he gets them and savor the team’s wins. He needs to maintain that attitude, because it sounds like the Cowboys aren’t going to keep forcing him the ball.
- Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott has had some games this season where he really seems to struggle running the ball on first down, and that could be one of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys are having more success through the air than on the ground. Following two straight rough performances from Elliott, the team may have plans to embrace that change.
Elliott rushed for just 47 yards on 20 carries in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago. He then had 45 yards on 15 totes in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, while Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns. Prescott had 397 yards the week before and leads the NFL with 3,221 passing yards on the season, so it’s not a stretch to say Elliott is no longer the focal point of the Dallas offense.
That appears to be the plan going forward, as well. Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote this week that a source told him the Cowboys “learned from the Vikings loss when they stubbornly forced the ball to an ineffective Elliott late and shunned the passing game.” Game plans in the NFL are specific to each opponent, but what worked in the past with the running game may not be as effective this season.
The Cowboys have dealt with some injuries along their offensive line this year, and that has likely played a role in Elliott being inconsistent. The star running back also missed the entire offseason while holding out for a new contract, so that could be a factor as well. For what it’s worth, Jerry Jones denied this week that Dallas is going lessen Elliott’s role.
“Let me be real clear about something: Zeke is one of the best football players in the National Football League,” Jones said during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “It makes no sense not to be trying to get the ball to Zeke or try to get the plays in and around Zeke.”
Elliott’s 833 rushing yards are nothing to scoff at, but the Cowboys likely expected his typical dominance when they signed him to a $90 million extension. That’s no reason to force the issue, and some comments Jones made over the offseason indicated he may have seen this coming.
Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a touchdown against the Detroit Lions on Sunday by mimicking teammate Dak Prescott’s now-signature move.
Elliott scored on a 17-yard touchdown catch from Prescott to put the Dallas Cowboys up 35-21 on the Lions in the fourth quarter. After scoring, Elliott did the Dak hip twist pregame routine.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 17, 2019
On Sunday Night Football last week, NBC aired a clip of Dak’s hip-twisting routine. The video clip quickly went viral and got several hilarious remixes.
We appreciate Zeke keeping the joke alive.
Elliott had a rushing touchdown in the game in addition to his receiving touchdown. Prescott passed for 444 yards and three touchdowns in the 35-27 victory for the 6-4 squad.
Did Doug Pederson’s “guarantee” during the week leading up to Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles clash motivate the Cowboys? The final score might point to yes, but the Cowboys seem to suggest otherwise.
On the Monday six days ahead of the Sunday night clash, Pederson said his Eagles were going to go to Dallas and win. That didn’t come close to happening as the Cowboys smashed the Eagles 37-10.
After the game, Ezekiel Elliott was asked whether Peterson’s comment provided motivation. He said they “don’t give a f— what Doug Pederson says.”
Ezekiel Elliott when asked if Doug Pederson saying the Eagles would win tonight provided any extra motivation: “We don’t need inspiration from him to go out there and play hard. Honestly, we don’t give a f*ck what Doug Pederson says.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 21, 2019
Cowboys fans have to love that comment. It shows such disdain for the Eagles and so little thought of them and indicates the Cowboys are only worried about themselves. Truthfully, that’s how it should be.
Dallas entered the game on a three-game losing streak. But this game showed that when the team’s offensive players are all healthy, they are among the best squads in the league.
Robert Quinn made his debut with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday after being suspended for the first two games of the season, and he wasted no time picking up his first sack and celebrating like he has always been with the franchise. To no one’s surprise, Jerry Jones loved it.
Quinn sacked Josh Rosen in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ win over the Miami Dolphins, and he immediately went into the “ride the pony” routine.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 22, 2019
In his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Jones said the celebration was one of the best he has seen. He then decided to share some information about how Ezekiel Elliott busts out the same dance while wearing a towel in the locker room.
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 24, 2019
You could argue that Jones gave up a bit too much information there, but the man loves to talk. We would expect nothing less.
It wasn’t that long ago that Jones and Elliott appeared to be on rocky ground because of some public comments Jones made, but a massive contract extension seems to have resolved those issues.
Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys finally agreed to a contract extension on Wednesday, and as expected it was the richest for a running back in NFL history. It also made players before him like Matt Forte very, very jealous.
After word surfaced that Elliott has signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension with the Cowboys that includes a whopping $50 million guaranteed, Forte tweeted that he wishes he was born later.
I was born too early https://t.co/ntul9ocQ8z
— Matt Forte (@MattForte22) September 4, 2019
Forte was one of the best running backs in football during his time with the Chicago Bears, but the biggest contract he signed was nowhere close to Elliott’s deal. Forte signed a four-year contract with the Bears in 2012 that was worth $32 million and had $17 million in guarantees. Zeke got roughly three times that. Of course, it’s all relative to the market and salary cap.
Even Kurt Warner, who was a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, was envious of the money Elliott got.
Weren’t we all brother… weren’t we all!!
— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) September 4, 2019
We’ve seen plenty of funny reactions to Elliott’s deal, but few were surprised by it. He insisted on being the highest-paid running back in football all along, and Jerry Jones wasn’t about to let the holdout impact what should be a successful season in Dallas.