A new lawsuit is accusing The Dallas Cowboys of conspiring with police to cover up details from a 2017 car crash that would have kept Ezekial Elliott from being able to play in a crucial NFL game.
The lawsuit stems from a car crash that happened on January 11, 2017, just four days before the Cowboys were set to play against the Greenbay Packers in an NFC Divisional Round Game. That’s when Elliott drove a GMC Yukon into a BMW 750 while on his way to the Cowboys practice facility. The man driving the BMW was identified as Ronnie Hill.
Hill claims the accident happened because Elliott was running late to practice and was rushing. Hill says Elliott “barreled through a red light,” causing more than $33,000 in damage to Hill’s vehicle, as he claims he suffered “serious and permanent” injuries in the wreck. In addition, Hill says the impact was so bad, the two vehicles were “wedged together,” and they needed a tow truck to pull them apart. Initially, the Frisco Police Department released a statement describing the incident as a “minor vehicle crash.”
However, Hill says police are fudging the details and says the Dallas Cowboys actually “conspired with the Frisco Police Dept. to cover up the severity of the accident to assure that Elliott’s health would not be placed in question before their playoff game.”
According to Hill’s suit, “If anyone had actually reported the impact of the accident and had Elliott been examined, he would have most likely been placed in concussion protocol and out for the Dallas Cowboys upcoming playoff game.” Elsewhere in Hill’s lawsuit, his lawyer, Larry Friedman, claims Dallas Cowboys running back coach, Gary Brown rushed to the scene and told Elliott “We will take care of everything.” He claims the cowboys did not take care of the incident and he now wants $20 million in damages.
Frisco Police and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to respond to a request for comment. However, TMZ spoke to Hill’s attorney who says “Ezekiel Elliott believes he’s above the law. He doesn’t follow any rules. As a citizen and a member of our community, he has a duty to obey the law and act responsibly, especially while driving a motor vehicle.” Friedman adds, “There are no exemptions for running backs or members of the Dallas Cowboys.” “He has admitted liability in this case but refuses to take responsibility as he has refused to take responsibility on so many other occasions when he has disobeyed the law.” He added, “My client is suing for compensation for his injuries and wants his day in court.”