Ezekiel Elliott quit on Cowboys during loss to Broncos, critics say
A quitter is among the worst things a professional athlete can be called, but that’s what some big-name sports media types are saying about Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after his apparent lack of effort during Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
The 22-year-old running back already has had his character second-guessed. Now LaDainian Tomlinson of NFL Network and Peter King of Sports Illustrated are questioning the young star’s effort on the field.
Take one crucial play during Dallas’ 42-17 loss: With the Cowboys down 28-10, quarterback Dak Prescott was intercepted by Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Elliott, who was close to the play, made no effort to tackle Harris. A Fox Sports replay found Elliott standing alone, watching Harris’ return while the game was still on the line.
These young men, they believe in (and) support the military and what they stand for. I just hope people don’t try to say that when a young man does what he does, that he’s disrespecting those people, because they’re not. They’re just trying to bring awareness to social injustice.
The Panthers before Monday had been one of two teams (Cowboys) not to release a statement regarding protests in the NFL and/or Trump’s comments. Team owner Jerry Richardson broke that silence with his statement a few hours after Rivera spoke:
We are proud of the men we have on this football team. Our players have been active and impactful participants in making our community stronger. From the first time I stepped into an NFL locker room at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore in 1959, I have lived and seen the sport’s ability to bring people of all backgrounds together. Politicizing the game is damaging and takes the focus off the greatness of the game itself and those who play it.