Looking at things from CV’s POV.
Back in 2012, a then troubled wide receiver by the name of Dez Bryant was given very strict guidelines to follow because he could not keep himself out of trouble.
Those guidelines were:
- Midnight curfew, team officials must know if he was going to miss curfew.
- No alcohol.
- No strip clubs and any nightclubs attended must be approved by the team and he must have a security team with him.
- Counseling sessions twice a week.
- Rotating three-man security team that leaves one man with him at all times.
- Members of the security team drive him to practices, games, and team functions.
The Cowboys lifted the guidelines in 2015 but during that time, Bryant was not involved in trouble off the field.
Fast forward to 2017, the Cowboys might want to think about doing the same for now troubled running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Elliott is still under investigation for allegations of domestic abuse (although he was found innocent, the NFL is still looking into it) and he visited a marijuana shop in Seattle a few hours before a preseason game. Wait…there’s more. He also pulled down a woman’s top in public at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and one of his friends was arrested for carrying a firearm into a club.
Now, Zeke was reportedly in an altercation at a Dallas club that sent one man to the hospital.
The most troubling thing about all of this is that this is all in a short period of time. The domestic abuse allegations surfaced in July of 2016 and the off-field issues have not stopped since.
Zeke is undoubtedly one of the top running backs in the NFL even after one season but if he continues down this slippery slope that he is on, it could lead to a very short career and perhaps even prison.
If the Cowboys value Elliott in any way, they should do for him what they did for Dez Bryant.
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