05/20 15:48 CDT Cowboys' Elliott detained by police at Vegas music festival
Cowboys' Elliott detained by police at Vegas music festival
By KEN RITTER
LAS VEGAS (AP) --- Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott was handcuffed by
police, but not arrested, after a scuffle involving event staff at a Las Vegas
music festival, officials said Monday.
The 23-year-old running back was detained briefly about 3 a.m. Saturday near a
gate to the overnight Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway
after police officers saw him "push a security officer to the ground," Officer
Laura Meltzer said in a statement.
"The security guard who was the victim of the misdemeanor battery refused to
press charges," the statement said, and the officers released Elliott. He was
not charged with a crime.
Cellphone video posted by celebrity website TMZ appeared to show Elliott
speaking with a woman and then with several security and event staff members,
including one who falls backward over a metal parking area barricade before
police arrive. Elliott is handcuffed and led away.
Elliott's agent Frank Salzano said Monday that Elliott was released shortly
after the video ends; that event security misconstrued the situation and
overreacted; and that Elliott left Las Vegas for Dallas to be at his youth
football camp on Sunday. The agent identified the woman in the video as
Salzano declined to respond to the police statement.
"The video speaks for itself," he said.
Elliott has twice led the NFL in rushing since being drafted in 2016. He has
4,048 yards rushing and 28 TDs on the ground over his three-year career.
He was suspended by the NFL in 2017 for six games for violating the league's
personal conduct policy after an investigation of allegations he had several
physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with his girlfriend at the time.
Elliott denied the allegations, saying he was not an abuser, and fought the
suspension for several weeks in several courts before finally serving the
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