On Saturday, the world learned that Ezekiel Elliott would be not be charged over the offseason incident in Las Vegas that saw him get into an altercation with a security guard at a music festival.
From an on-the-field perspective, we’ve known for a while now that this incident wouldn’t affect Elliott’s playing status in 2019. He’s currently holding out, but this issue has followed him for the better part of the last few months.
If you thought that this story was somehow over, you should know better by now. On Sunday morning, TMZ reported that police documents concerning the incident show that Kyle Johnson, the security guard involved, had a list of demands for Elliott in order to earn his silence.
Police docs show Kelly emailed Zeke’s attorneys just days after the altercation with AT LEAST 14 things he wanted from the running back to stay quiet on the incident ... including $500,000 cash.
The list of demands featured a public apology from Elliott, a press conference with Elliott and Kyle, $25,000 for the junior college football team Kyle played for, and signed jerseys from Zeke, Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott.
The demands list also included -- among several other things -- tickets to Cowboys games (both home and road), Ohio State games and a meet and greet with Jerry Jones and his son.
The Kelly referenced above is Kelly Johnson, Kyle’s father. You’ll remember that a month ago when it was announced that Kyle was pressing charges Kelly said on camera that if he’d been there, Zeke would have been “the next guy on the ground.”
Ezekiel Elliott’s legal team responded to that particular report with a message noting that the running back was the target of extortion. When you look at the list of demands that the Johnson duo put together, it’s hard to come away with any other interpretation.
We’re all still waiting to see if and when Zeke will show up to re-join the Cowboys. As the team is now back at The Star and in Frisco, along with Elliott back in DFW, there are reasons to be optimistic. Right?