Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was cleared of any wrongdoing after being accused of domestic assault in July. But the rookie tailback learned a valuable lesson from the incident.
“I’m a target,” Elliott said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “That’s what I’ve realized from all this.”
Elliott’s first offseason as an NFL player hasn’t been a smooth one. Aside from the domestic violence accusations, Elliott also caught some flak for visiting a marijuana dispensary in August. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who invested the fourth overall pick in last spring’s draft on the Ohio State product, wasn’t exactly thrilled by that news.
“Well, I think that in and of itself the reason we are talking about is in a way part of the learning process,” Jones said, according to Archer. “But it’s not good. It’s just not good. It’s just not good.”
While Elliott has been charged of any wrongdoing this time, it’s important that Elliott avoids trouble throughout what appears to be an incredibly promising career.