TMZ- Ezekiel Elliott ain't letting his off the field issues keep him from having a good time -- the embattled running back partied on a Texas lake the day after the Cowboys' 2nd preseason game.
TMZ Sports has pics of Zeke partying Sunday afternoon on Lake Lewisville in North Texas -- a notorious party spot located about 20 miles from Dallas.
Multiple lake sources (yeah, we got those) tell us Zeke was just chillin' on a couple different boats and talking to friends. No one saw him drink any alcohol or get into any kind of negative situation.
A rep for Elliott says Cowboys players had the day off -- so it's not like he was doing anything scandalous.
It's almost like Zeke's sending a message that he refuses to lay low in the days leading up to his appeal hearing -- in which he'll fight the NFL's 6-game suspension from the domestic violence investigation.
The hearing is set for August 29 and we're told Elliott's team is gearing up for a battle.
I want to make it clear that there is nothing illegal about spending your off day catching some waterside rays while helping yourself to some eye candy. I respect Ezekiel Elliott's right to hang out with a bunch of young, white women that are surely positive influences that want nothing but the best for him.
However, I also want to make it clear that you can't possibly be considered an intelligent person if you choose to do so a week prior to an independently-run hearing that - at the very least - is a product of repeatedly making bad decisions that put you in precarious situations. I don't know whether Ezekiel Elliott is truly guilty of violently putting his hands on a woman, but I do know that making himself a part of this 'Boats And Hoes' visual a week prior to his appeal is yet another example of why using the defense that he's too smart to do so is officially off the table.
One weekend. One weekend of chill-free Netflix and the general public could have kept a mildly open mind about the character of a guy who is trying to avoid domestic abuse-related discipline, and he couldn't even do that without ending up on TMZ. Now, that's partially because TMZ's business model is incredibly intrusive and somewhat reliant on making public figures look bad, but I'm pretty sure the guy who couldn't possibly look worse after the last few months should already know that.
I said it before, and I'll say it again...Ezekiel Elliott has earned this suspension from a league that isn't constrained by the "innocent until proven guilty" slogan of the criminal justice system. Even if he didn't commit the felony in question, he literally can't stop, won't stop hurting his image when public perception is quite obviously the thing that his employer values the most. Not giving a fuck about horrific allegations might not be punishable in the court law, but -unfortunately for Zeke - that's not who is determining his Week 1-6 availability.