A Frisco man says the Dallas Cowboys interfered with the Frisco Police Department’s investigation into a traffic accident after his car was struck by running back Ezekiel Elliott, according to a court document filed Tuesday.
The court filing says that Dallas Cowboys employees tried to influence the investigation of a crash and mask its severity to ensure Elliott didn’t miss a game. The filing added the Cowboys to a lawsuit filed last year against Elliott by Ronnie Barnard Hill regarding the Jan. 11, 2017, crash.
“While Hill was trying to compose himself and access the situation Elliott who was late to practice had already notified Dallas Cowboy personnel who were on the scene and had already spoken with the police department before Hill even knew what was happening,” the lawsuit says.
A jury trial is set for February. Hill, who says he’s a Cowboys fan, is seeking at least $20 million. Before including the Cowboys in the lawsuit, Hill sought $1 million from Elliott.
In a written statement, the city of Frisco said the allegation of a cover-up “is false.” Both Elliott and Hill were offered and refused medical treatment, the statement said.
The Cowboys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
“At the scene of the crash, Elliott admitted fault, and the Frisco Police also concluded that the crash was Elliott’s fault,” the amended lawsuit says. “Elliott and running back’s coach Gary Brown who was on the scene told Hill not to worry about anything, go get checked out and ‘we will take care of everything.’
“If anyone had actually reported the impact of the accident and had Elliott been examined he would have most likely been placed in concussion protocol and out for the Dallas Cowboys upcoming playoff game,” it continues, claiming that “the Dallas Cowboys conspired with the Frisco Police Department to cover-up the severity of the accident to assure that Elliott’s health would not be placed in question before their playoff game.”
Elliott has not reported for training camp in California this week as he tries to negotiate a reworked contract that would make him among the highest-paid running backs in the NFL.
The accident report filed by Frisco police says Elliott was westbound on Gaylord Parkway when he “accidentally ran a red light” and struck Hill’s BMW on the front driver’s side panel. Elliott was not cited in the crash.
The report says multiple airbags deployed in Elliott’s GMC Yukon. No airbags activated in Hill’s car.
The lawsuit says the force of the collision caused Hill’s BMW 750 to rotate more than 90 degrees and that a tow truck had to pull apart the two vehicles, which were wedged together.
Hill’s car sustained more than $33,000 in damage, his attorney has said. He sought medical treatment later that day and has dealt with persistent problems since, his attorney has said without detailing the injuries.
The police report says Elliott had car insurance, which is required in Texas. But in Texas a driver can’t sue another driver’s insurance carrier.