Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a Sunday night altercation at Clutch Bar in Uptown Dallas, a source confirmed to The Dallas Morning News.
Some people claiming to be witnesses at the scene said they saw Elliott hit another person.
Dallas police said they were sent about 9:40 p.m. to the 2500 block of Cedar Springs, where Clutch is located, to investigate a disturbance call. A 30-year-old man told police that someone he didn’t know assaulted him. The alleged victim was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Source confirms @fishsports report that Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an altercation last night at Clutch bar in Dallas
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 17, 2017
Police records show someone struck the victim on the nose, “causing serious bodily injury.” Police are investigating the incident as an aggravated assault, records show. The records don’t list a suspect, however, and police haven’t officially said whether Elliott was involved.
Police records identify the alleged victim as Nkemakola Ibeneme, who is a DJ and also goes by “DTrain.” He did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
TMZ Sports released video from the scene that shows the alleged victim moments after being struck in the face, lying on the floor and holding his nose before being loaded into an ambulance.
Elliott is already facing a suspension as the NFL continues to investigatewhether Elliott violated its personal conduct policy, stemming from an Ohio woman’s claims that he assaulted her last year. Elliott is not facing criminal charges for assault in that case, but the NFL can suspend a player even without legal charges being filed.
ESPN reported last week that Elliott could be facing a one- or two-game suspension.
As details of the Sunday night incident emerge, the NFL could also take them into consideration in its discipline of Elliott. According to an NFL spokesman: “We are aware of the matter and looking into it to understand the facts.”
Off-the-field issues and questionable decision-making have accompanied Elliott’s rise to stardom.
Elliott came under scrutiny in March for pulling down a woman’s top and exposing her breast at the St. Patrick’s Day block party in Dallas’ Lower Greenville neighborhood. The incident was caught on video.
He also visited a marijuana dispensary in Seattle before a preseason game there. He was at a bar in Columbus, Ohio in February when one of his closest friends was arrested for trying to carry a firearm into the establishment.
As the Cowboys wrapped up their offseason program in June, Elliott said he was wising up.
“Just kind of want to stay out of the way,” the NFL’s leading rusher in 2016 said. “Whatever you do is going to be seen.”
When Elliott was asked about what he’s learned from offseason issues, he said: “It’s just life. You learn from your mistakes. If you don’t, it can be brutal.”
The Cowboys depart on Saturday for training camp in Oxnard, Calif. It is also Elliott’s 22nd birthday.
Elliott is the second Cowboys player this month to be accused of assaulting someone. Linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested on July 4 on allegations he backed his pickup into a woman and flashed a rifle at her brother-in-law at Toyota Stadium, which was hosting a FC Dallas match and a fireworks show that night. Wilson is now charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Wilson’s attorney has since denied the allegations, saying he “never assaulted anyone nor was there any illegal or unlicensed firearm used to threaten any person in any manner.”j
In late May, cornerback Nolan Carroll was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after officers reported that he was seen driving on the wrong side of the road.