After confirming a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott acknowledged he “made a poor decision” for his role in a May incident in which he was handcuffed and detained but not arrested or charged after he appeared to shove a security guard.
“Earlier today, I met with the Commissioner to share with him what occurred in Las Vegas and what I have learned from that incident,” Elliott wrote in a statement Tuesday.
“I’ve worked hard to make better decisions and to live up to the high standards that are expected of me.
“I failed to do that here and I made a poor decision.
“I apologized to Kyle Johnson at the time and I meant it.
“I need to work harder to ensure I do not put myself in compromised situations in the future. I am rededicating myself to use all of the resources the league has made available. But in the end, it is up to me and I am determined not to be in this position again.”
TMZ originally published video of the incident, which took place early in the morning of May 19. Video showed Elliott having a disagreement with a woman and following her around a parking lot after the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival.
Elliott’s disagreement with the woman never became physical during the video, but he appeared to impede her progress as she tried to walk away.
Later in the video, Elliott confronted an event security guard and said: “You got something to say?”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Lorenzo Reyes