Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has made his first public comments about Ezekiel Elliott's alleged involvement in a bar skirmish.
Per the Dallas Morning News, he has not yet spoken with running back Ezekiel Elliott about an alleged incident Sunday at an Uptown Dallas nightclub, but that he will speak with him soon.
I don't want to make any comment on the situation," Garrett said after addressing an audience of middle school and high school coaches at at clinic at The Ford Center at The Star. "We're still gathering information on what that whole situation was. Zeke's someone we believe very strongly in as a person and as a football player. We're going to continue to believe in him and try to put a structure around him - and all of our players - to help them make great decisions and grow, grow both on and off the field.
Interestingly, Garrett said that if the Cowboys didn't believe in the players who were involved with recent incidents they "wouldn't be on the team."
"I have a little bit of a different perspective than most people about the character of our football team," Garrett said. "There's so many guys that I get to be around that are so inspirational to me and to so many other people every day. I think we've built our football team the right way and with the right kind of guys. That doesn't mean that guys aren't going to make mistakes, whatever they are, in our building, outside of our building, and I think the most important thing for us to try to do is try to help everybody grow, and we all take responsibilities for everybody."
As the Dallas Morning News pointed out, Elliott, a source said, was involved in an altercation Sunday at Clutch Bar that left a 30-year-old man with a broken nose. He has not been named as a suspect in police reports, but the police, Cowboys and NFL are looking into the matter.
Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie in 2016, was already the subject of a year-long NFL investigation into whether he violated the league's personal conduct policy, and an ESPN report said he could be due a one- or two-game suspension.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that he had spoken with his star running back. Garrett said he would talk with Elliott on Friday morning when the team reports for physicals ahead of leaving for training camp Saturday in Southern California.
Per ESPN, Elliott, the NFL's 2016 reigning rushing champion, is already being investigated by the NFL for an alleged domestic violence incident with a former girlfriend last July in Columbus, Ohio. According to Schefter, Elliott’s camp was bracing last week for a short suspension from the NFL. It’s not clear if the latest incident would impact any penalty coming from the league.
Elliott is also now headed back to court for a speeding misdemeanor.
Elliott's troubles come on top of recent arrests of linebacker Damien Wilson and cornerback Nolan Carroll.