Ezekiel Elliott vows to rededicate himself after meeting with NFL commissioner

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs near Seattle Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin (26) during the second half of the NFC wild-card NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he has rededicated himself and will work harder to avoid compromising situations in the future.

The two-time NFL rushing champion was summoned to NFL offices in New York Tuesday to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell regarding an incident that happened in Las Vegas with a security guard. Elliott summarized the meeting with the commissioner on Twitter.

“Earlier today I met with the commissioner to share with him what occurred in Las Vegas and what I learned from that incident,” Elliott wrote. “I’ve worked hard to make better decisions and to live up to the high standards that are expected of me.

“I failed to do that here and I made a poor decision.

“I apologized to Kyle Johnson at the time and I meant it.

“I need to work harder to ensure I do not put myself in compromised situations in the future. I am rededicating myself to use all of the resources that the league has made available. But in the end, it is up to me and I am determined not to be in this position again.”

Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension in 2017 related to a domestic violence allegation in 2016 regarding his ex-girlfriend. Though there were no criminal charges filed or civil suits filed, even after a lengthy investigation, Goodell suspended the former 2016 first-round pick for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy. The incident was another example of how the office of commissioner has considerable authority when it comes to disciplinary action.

The Cowboys have not made consecutive playoff appearances since 2006-07. In 2017, they went 3-3 with Elliott serving his suspension and missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record. If the Cowboys are going to qualify again for the postseason, they will need all of Elliott’s availability and none of it tied up in another arbitrary suspension.