Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys' rookie running back, has been accused of abusing a woman known to be his girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, who posted pictures of bruises on her body to Instagram.
In a series of posts on Thompson's Instagram account, the woman showed bruises on her legs, arms and neck, and said that Elliott had physically abused her for months, according to the New York Daily News. An agent for Elliott has denied the claims, and the NFL player has reportedly not been arrested, although TMZ reports that a police report against him has been filed.
"Just for every women out there getting abused it's time to put a stop to it," said Thompson in one of her posts. "This has been happening to me for months and it finally got out of control to where I was picked up and thrown across the room by my arms. Thrown into walls. Being choked to where I have to gasp for breath. Bruised everywhere, mentally and physically abused."
"It's not okay," she went on to say. "So I want each and every one of you girls to step away now from domestic violence. You're worth so much more. I got told it was called 'tough love.'"
"I'm sorry, if you love someone you don't touch your loved ones."
She concluded by adding the hashtag #StopDomesticViolence. She also tagged Elliott's account on Instagram in another post. Thompson has made her Instagram account private after media outlets began to pick up the story.
TMZ said it has obtained a police report filed against Elliott in Columbus, Ohio. The report claims that Elliott attacked Thompson while she was in the driver's seat of her car, which was parked. Elliott was not arrested because witnesses gave conflicting reports, according to Deadspin.
According to the report, officers spoke with four witnesses who said they hadn't seen an assault take place, one of whom was in the car when the alleged incident took place.
A person with Elliott's agency denied the allegations, saying, "I can assure you [the allegations] are not true."
Elliott is not the only high-profile player in the NFL to have faced domestic abuse allegations recently. In 2015, Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was seen in a video knocking his fiancee out in an elevator, had charges of third-degree aggravated assault dismissed after Rice agreed to take counseling for anger management as well as check in with a probation officer for a year, according to NBC News.
Rice released a statement after the incident apologizing "for the horrible mistake I made."
"To all the kids who looked up to me, I'm truly sorry for letting you down," he said.