Ezekiel Elliott claims Vegas security guard tried to extort him for $500K
Ezekiel Elliott says the security guard he shoved in Las Vegas back in May sent him a list of several demands in the days following the incident, and the Dallas Cowboys star is accusing the 19-year-old of extortion.
Kyle Johnson was knocked to the ground during a dispute with Elliott at the Electric Daisy Carnival on May 19. Video footage appeared to show Elliott making contact with Johnson and causing him to fall into a metal barrier. Elliott was detained but not arrested after Johnson initially said he did not want to press charges, and the concert worker said he only wanted an apology from the star running back.
According to documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Elliott’s attorneys say they were emailed a list of at least 14 demands from Johnson and his father, Kelly, days after the incident. In addition to $500,000 cash, Johnson’s demands included $25,000 to the junior college football team Kyle played for; a public apology; signed jerseys from Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper; tickets to Cowboys and Ohio State games; and a meet and greet with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Elliott’s attorney responded to Johnson with a phone call and informed him that what he was doing constitutes extortion. After that conversation, Kelly Johnson told his son to take his story public, which is when Kyle conducted an interview with CBS 2 in Los Angeles. He said at the time that he was unsure if he wanted to press charges, and an investigation was later opened.
Johnson also admitted in the court documents that Elliott did apologize to him, and Elliott said, “We gave each other a hug and he asked me to take a picture with him, which I was happy to do as there was never any intention to harm or hurt Kyle.” TMZ shared a photo of Elliott and Johnson posing together, and both were smiling.
Elliott is not facing any serious consequences stemming from the incident, but it remains to be seen how it will play out in court.