Ezekiel Elliott is incredulous that the NFL would fine him for a celebration designed to increase donations to charity and offered advice to Kareem Hunt and Reuben Foster as they face repercussions from the league for their alleged violence against women.
Elliott addressed these and other topics Wednesday afternoon at The Star. The Cowboys running back began with his fine of $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct for dropping $21 into a Salvation Army kettle after scoring a touchdown in the team’s Thanksgiving Day victory against Washington.
“I mean, I didn’t really expect a fine,” Elliott said. “Really don’t care about the fine. It’s all for a good cause.
“We’re trying to bring awareness to the Salvation Army. If the NFL doesn’t like that, then, that’s on them. I’ll pay their little fine.”
Later in the game, after Dak Prescott scored, Elliott picked up the quarterback and dropped him in the bucket. Elliott, Prescott and the organization all came out in the aftermath and donated $21,000 to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.
Elliott was asked if he found it ridiculous that the league would fine him for dropping money and his quarterback into the kettle.
“A lot of things they do define ridiculous,” Elliott said. “But I mean, that’s not really any of my business, not really anything I can change so I’m just going to keep being focused on this season, keep being focused on leading this team and focused on going out there and winning ballgames.”
Fine money is donated to programs for former players. Asked if he thought the NFL should donate his fine to the Salvation Army, Elliott replied, “I think they should.”
Elliott is, however, appealing the NFL’s fine, according to sources.
Elliott, who served a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence last season, was also asked what advice he had for Hunt and Foster.
“Just focus on your day to day life, making sure you’re winning the next day,” Elliott said. “When you start looking down the road you can kind of get bogged down. Just make sure you focus on the day to day and doing better day to day and things are going to work themselves out.”