Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed but not arrested by Las Vegas police after an incident with a security guard over the weekend. Authorities said Elliott, who was attending a music festival, was detained but released after the security guard declined to press charges.
The videos emerged on Monday morning from the Cowboys All-Pro racer involved in an altercation at a concert in Las Vegas. The video included images of Eliott placed in handcuffs, although Cowboys chief of operations, Stephen Jones, confirmed that he was not arrested.
“Two officers approached and placed Eliott into handcuffs while they investigated,” the police statement reads. ‘The security guard who was the victim of the misdemeanor battery refused to press any charge and officers escorted Eliott a short distance away and he was released.”
“What we know is that he was not arrested or charged,” Jones said Monday. “We will simply continue to gather information, and this is the least we can say at this time.”
Eliott’s agent and lawyer did not immediately respond to The Dallas Morning News’ requests for comment, but Frank Salzano, Eliott’s lawyer, told TMZ that “security misconstrued and overreacted to the situation. He was released with no charges. He left Vegas that night and went to his youth football camp in Dallas on Sunday.”
The NFL suspended Eliott for six games in 2017 after allegations of physical abuse towards his then-girlfriend despite a lack of arrest. Whether the league will take any action now is in the hands of commissioner Roger Goodell.