The Dallas Cowboys are in the news again, but for all of the wrong reasons. Star running back Ezekiel Elliot was reportedly involved in an incident at a bar in Dallas last Sunday and was already in hot water over domestic violence allegations. He has not been suspended for either issue, but there are reports that a suspension could be on the way.
While no formal charges have been brought against Elliot in either case, he is putting himself in some bad situations.
These cases of poor judgment and run ins with the law are nothing new for “America’s team.” The Cowboys have had countless players arrested and suspended over the past few years and continue to have issues controlling their players. Elliot is just another Cowboy on a long list of players who may or who have faced consequences for their actions. This list extends back to 2012.
Dez Bryant (WR, Still with the team):
Bryant was arrested in July 2012 after he turned himself. His mother accused him of hitting her and he was sentenced to anger management counseling.
Josh Brent (DT, Not with the team):
Brent was charged with DUI and manslaughter in 2012 after he flipped his car and killed a teammate while driving. Brent’s BAC was .189 and he was sentenced to jail time. Brent was suspended 10 games as a result of his conviction
Jay Ratliff (DT, Not with the team):
Ratliff was arrested in 2013 for a DUI after he crashed into a truck.
Joseph Randle (RB, Not with the team):
Randle was arrested in 2014 and in 2015. In 2014 he pleaded guilty to shoplifting in which he tried to steal underwear and cologne. In 2015 he was accused of marijuana possession after a domestic disturbance, but charges were dropped. Randle received a four game suspension as a result.
Nolan Carroll (CB, With the team):
Carroll was arrested in May 2017 for a DUI.
Damien Wilson (LB, With the team):
Wilson was arrested on July 4, 2017, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
David Irving (DE, With the team):
Irving was suspended for four games of the 2017 season for violating leagues substance abuse policies.
Greg Hardy (DL, Not with the team):
Hardy had been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend back in 2014, but the charges were eventually dropped. Hardy was picked up by the Cowboys in 2015 and served a four game suspension for the incident. He was released by the Cowboys in 2016 and arrested for cocaine possession in September 2016.
Rolando McClain (LB, Not with the team):
McClain has been suspended a number of times for substance abuse. He was suspended for four games during the 2015 season and another 10 during the 2016 season. He was then suspended indefinitely toward the end of his 2016 suspension.
Randy Gregory (DE, With the team):
Gregory is still on the Cowboys, but likely not for much longer. He was suspended during his rookie season in 2016 for all but two games for substance abuse. He was just recently suspended again for the entire 2017 season for substance abuse. In his two seasons, Gregory will have played two games. It will be a miracle if the Cowboys keep him around.