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Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott blasts media for saying he has lost a step

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott may have been a bit rusty at the start of last year after he held out for a new contract, but the star running back is tired of reporters and analysts claiming he is no longer the explosive player he used to be.

On Thursday, Elliott took to Twitter to rant about people saying he is “not the same back” anymore. He cited his stats from last season and said the media needs to “put some RESPECT on my name.”

Elliott has a point. The standard he has set for himself since the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in 2016 has created high — even astronomical at times — expectations. There has been some talk about him having a “down year” in 2019, and he still managed to rush for 1,357 yards and score 12 touchdowns. His 4.5 yards per carry were also just barely below his career average of 4.6. Those numbers are elite no matter how you look at them.

The problem (if you want to call it that) is that Elliott’s rookie season was his best. He rushed for 1,631 yards and scored a total of 16 touchdowns while averaging an absurd 5.1 yards per carry. If anything below that stat line is considered Elliott losing a step, he may lose a step every season.

We recently saw one NFL coach greatly exaggerate how much Elliott’s game has fallen off, and that take likely played a role in the 24-year-old’s Twitter rant. If the criticism helps motivate him, Cowboys fans should be pleased Elliott is taking note.

Ezekiel Elliott has funny callout of coach who ranked him as 11th-best RB

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is widely considered to be one of the best running backs in football, and you could easily make the argument that he is either No. 2 or 3 on the list. One NFL coach believes Zeke is no longer in the top 10, however, and you can imagine how the Dallas Cowboys star feels about that.

As part of a preview of the 2020 NFL season, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler polled more than 50 NFL coaches, executives, scouts and players and asked them to rank the top 10 to 15 players at each position. One anonymous offensive coach ranked Elliott as the 11th-best running back in the NFL, saying Zeke simply isn’t as explosive as he once was. Elliott had a funny response on Twitter.

It’s no surprise Elliott disagreed with the ranking, but the funniest part was he appeared to make a reference to when he was recently caught on a hot mic admitting he was “faded” while playing video games. Elliott later said he had a few drinks and threatened legal action against a publication that accused him of being high.

As for the ranking, we can’t imagine finding 10 running backs that we’d take over Zeke. You could make arguments for Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and maybe Derrick Henry, but 11th is way too low for Elliott. In what some considered a down season last year, Elliott rushed for 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Those are hardly middle-of-the-pack numbers.

Ezekiel Elliott threatens SI with legal action over ‘high’ headline

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is threatening Sports Illustrated with legal action over a headline the outlet used on a story.

On Monday, video circulated online that showed the Dallas Cowboys running back admitting on a video game live stream that he was “faded”. Elliott was playing the game on Sunday and seemingly didn’t intend for the message to get out, but he said it before signing off.

SI’s story on the matter said in its headline Elliott “admits to being high”. Elliott suggested the headline was defamatory and said SI would be hearing from his lawyers.

Elliott went on to take shots at SI.

SI has since changed its headline from saying “high” to “faded.” They also added a correction to their story.

“Correction: Elliott responded to our original story and said “faded” referred to a few drinks he had while streaming. A previous version of this story included a headline with an incorrect interpretation of Elliott’s meaning of “faded.” We apologize and regret the error,” the note says.

Zeke has a right to be perturbed by the headline, but given SI apologized and corrected it, we doubt a case would actually go anywhere. His legal team is also working on another matter at the moment.

Ezekiel Elliott accidentally admitted to being ‘faded’ during video game stream

Ezekiel Elliott

Like many other professional athletes, Ezekiel Elliott has spent a lot of time playing video games during the pandemic. Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys star got caught with a hot mic on Sunday.

Elliott often streams live while he’s gaming, which is what he was doing late Sunday night. Just before he signed off, Zeke revealed that he was “low-key faded.” Check it out:

As you can see, Elliott seemed concerned when he realized he hadn’t ended his stream yet.

A lot of people are saying Elliott accidentally admitted to the world that he was high, but that wasn’t necessarily the case. He could have meant he was drinking, or perhaps he was talking about something entirely different. Either way, he obviously would have preferred to not go public with it.

Elliott has had a somewhat eventful offseason already, as he is currently being sued over his dogs allegedly attacking someone who was cleaning his pool. He’ll probably hear from the Cowboys over his little gaming slip-up, but don’t expect anything significant to come of it.

UPDATE: Elliott admitted he had a few drinks while playing and was angered by the assumption that he was high.

Ezekiel Elliott reacts to lawsuit over alleged pool incident

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is clearly unimpressed by a lawsuit recently filed against him.

Elliott’s three dogs allegedly attacked a pool cleaner he’d hired in March, and the alleged victim is seeking significant financial damages from the Dallas Cowboys running back. Elliott publicly reacted to the suit Friday in response to a Twitter user who made a joking remark about the suit.

Elliott isn’t responding directly to the lawsuit, but it’s pretty clear what he thinks. The running back’s attorney has already said Elliott will “vigorously defend the lawsuit.”

The 24-year-old running back ran for 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. As usual, he’ll be a huge part of Dallas’ new offense in 2020.

Ezekiel Elliott sued after dogs allegedly attacked pool cleaner

Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott has more legal trouble to sort through in advance of the 2020 season.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, a woman who was cleaning Elliott’s pool at his Frisco, Texas home in March has filed a lawsuit against the Dallas Cowboys star after she claims his three dogs violently attacked her. The woman claims Elliott’s Rottweiler bit her arm and dragged her, and then his two bulldogs began attacking her legs. She said she was bit multiple times before being taken to the emergency room in “immense pain.”

The alleged victim says her injuries were so bad she required surgery on her forearm two weeks after the incident. She claims she has been dealing with complications from the procedure and is in constant physical and mental pain from the attack. She’s seeking over $200,000 but less than $1 million in damages from Elliott.

A spokesperson for the Frisco Police Department told TMZ that animal services responded to an incident at Elliott’s home on March 11, but no charges were filed.

The woman who is suing Elliott says she is not the first pool cleaner to be attacked by his Rottweiler, either. She says the dog bit someone else who was cleaning the pool in December 2019.

Elliott’s agent Frank Salzano told TMZ the star running back was in “no way negligent in connection with the alleged incident and intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit.”

Elliott, of course, is no stranger to legal trouble. He was accused of domestic violence several years ago and suspended for the start of the 2017 season, though no charges were filed. He also had a lawsuit filed against him over a car collision in 2018.

Ezekiel Elliott does not seem happy his coronavirus diagnosis leaked

Ezekiel Elliott

It certainly doesn’t sound like Ezekiel Elliott wanted the results of his coronavirus test to go public.

The Dallas Cowboys running back was one of several members of the team to test positive for the virus, his agent confirmed Monday. However, after that news went public, Elliott had a brief response that indicated he had not expected that information to become available.

HIPAA is a well-known law that protects the private medical information of individuals who seek treatment. It is why the Cowboys themselves did not publicly identify any of the players who tested positive, as doing so without the consent of the player would constitute a violation of their rights.

Many weren’t sure what Elliott meant, as the player’s own agent confirmed the news to the media. Elliott, however, said that his agent was not the one who broke the story, but was simply confirming after media members sought confirmation when it was somehow leaked to them.

It’s hard to blame Elliott for being frustrated here. He had a right to privacy, and if it’s true that his positive test was leaked to the media without his consent, this would be a clear violation of those rights. This has been an issue before, as reporters have gone to great lengths to get private medical information and have been scrutinized and even sued.

Other Cowboys players, as well as members of the Houston Texans, have also tested positive for the virus. Their identities remain private, as none have come forward to reveal their names.