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#pounditFriday, January 27, 2023

Security guard who was shoved by Ezekiel Elliott still could press charges

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Ezekiel Elliott was not arrested nor charged following a brief incident with a security guard at a music festival in Las Vegas last weekend, but that does not mean the Dallas Cowboys running back will avoid legal trouble altogether.

Kyle Johnson, the 19-year-old security staffer who was shoved to the ground by Elliott, said in an interview with CBS 2 in Los Angeles this week that he is unsure if he is going to press charges. While he intitially chose not to, he says it bothered him that Elliott’s camp essentially denied the entire incident took place.

“I wasn’t hurt or anything, but just to have someone you looked up to shove you on the ground over a metal fence — it’s not the biggest thing in the world, but (to say) nothing happened? I mean, come on,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he didn’t want to make a “rash decision” at 3 o’clock in the morning, but he now wants Elliott to apologize for his actions.

“I told police I just want an apology out of the guy,” he added. “It’s way out of control, not necessary. I’m not going to festivals and shoving over security guards, you know what I mean?”

Video footage from TMZ clearly showed Elliott shoving Johnson over a metal barricade. The Pro Bowler also appeared to be the aggressor, and it did not look like Johnson antagonized him in any way.

The NFL is reviewing the incident whether Elliott faces charges or not, and it’s possible he could face disciplinary action. He has had off-field red flags dating back to his time in college when he was cited for driving on a suspended license. Elliott was then accused of domestic assault shortly after being drafted by the Cowboys and was later suspended six games by the NFL. He was accused in 2017 of breaking a man’s nose during an altercation.


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