Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett provided Ezekiel Elliott with some candid, simple advice Tuesday: minimize your inner circle.
Elliott has been the subject of controversy throughout the summer, garnering headlines for his alleged involvement in a bar fight Sunday evening. The running back is reportedly appealing a speeding conviction and found himself in hot water again when he pulled a woman’s shirt down, exposing her bare breast during a St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Dorsett, who starred for the Cowboys from 1977-87, told Elliott to cut out the negative influences in his life.
“It’s like an avalanche,” Dorsett told Newy Scruggs of NBC5. “When it comes down it could come crushing down on you, so you’ve got to be careful. You’ve got to pick and choose your people. That’s the unfortunate part about it is the fact that there’s a lot of people when you get that stardom they want to be a part of it. They want to be seen with you. They want to do this with you. They want to do that with you.
“Sometimes you got to be a little standoffish. You can be appreciative, ‘Thank you for all of this, but no I don’t want to go there. I’m not going there. I’m not going to do this.’ Plus you get caught up into positions. Then you go to a party. You don’t know these people, but some people take you to a place. You don’t know who they are, and then something goes down. The first thing they’re going to do is not going to be their names that’s splattered all over the Dallas Morning News. It’s going to be his name.”
Elliott is being investigated over domestic violence allegations and could still be suspended before the start of the season.
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