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Elliott’s attorney says NFL should officially close domestic violence investigation

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks beat the Cowboys 27-17. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)


The attorney for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said Monday that his client will be cleared by the NFL of any wrongdoing and believes the league hasn’t officially closed its investigation of alleged domestic violence because of scrutiny it received from its handling of the case of former Giants kicker Josh Brown.

In a press release Monday night, attorney Frank Salzano said there’s “a mountain of exculpatory evidence demonstrating Mr. Elliott’s innocence” and that the woman who accused Elliott made “false allegations” against him. Last week, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was still actively reviewing the issue.

The Columbus, Ohio District Attorney’s office announced in September that it would not pursue charges against Elliott.

“The media has chosen to deflect the recent negative press regarding the NFL’s reported mishandling of several domestic violence matters by focusing on the NFL’s prolonged investigation of Mr. Elliott,” Salzano said. “The NFL’s interview of Mr. Elliott was conducted over four weeks ago and went unreported at the time. As it was then, it still remains a non-story.

“We firmly believe that the NFL should promptly close its investigation which is only open because of their apprehensiveness stemming from the recent scrutiny it has come under for its handling of other domestic violence matters.”