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Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott appeals citation for driving 100 mph

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Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott appeals citation for driving 100 mph
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott rushes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense during the first half at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on December 18, 2016. File photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is appealing a misdemeanor conviction for a speeding citation issued in early April, according to court documents.

Elliott's Dodge Charger was clocked on April 4 at 100 mph in Frisco, Texas, a clear 30 mph above the speed limit on the Dallas North Tollway.

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The appeal bond was posted Friday and the case was forwarded to the Collin County, Texas, court on Monday, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Jonathan Winocour, Elliott's attorney, waived a jury trial and entered a no-contest plea in a June 28 letter to the court. That plea was initially accepted July 5.

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Elliott, 21, is also under investigation for his potential involvement in a late-night altercation at a Dallas bar on Sunday.

A Dallas Police Department spokesperson told Mike Fisher of 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas and ESPN's Adam Schefter that no arrests were made in connection with the incident, which took place at the Clutch Bar and Restaurant. A source also confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that Elliott was involved in the altercation.

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Officers were dispatched to the bar around 9:40 p.m. and a 30-year-old man said he was physically assaulted but could not identify who assaulted him, according to Dallas police. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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An NFL official told ESPN the league is aware of the situation involving Elliott and "looking into it to understand the facts."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters on Tuesday that he addressed his superstar running back, but declined to get into details or speculate.

"As you well know, because of his style and personality, it's like a rock star wherever he goes in terms of attention," Jones said. "Anybody that's experienced that knows that takes getting used to. You have to learn many aspects of that. Certainly, Zeke is evolving and being subject to needing to learn how to deal with the media and social media the way it is today."

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Elliott was already under investigation by the NFL stemming from a 2016 domestic violence accusation that caused police in Columbus, Ohio, to question him. A former girlfriend alleged Elliott forcibly pulled her out of a car.

Elliott has been preparing a response to the league to be submitted in the next week, according to ESPN. Multiple sources told Schefter that Elliott could face a one- or two-game suspension, but the NFL denied it made a decision on a course of disciplinary action.

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The NFL personal conduct policy affords the option of up to a six-game suspension for first-time offenders even if they are not convicted of a crime or face legal punishment. The length of the suspension can be reduced based on mitigating factors.

"I don't want to speculate on any decisions from the league," Jones said.

In July 2016, Elliott was questioned by authorities and he was cleared of any legal wrongdoing after the Columbus city prosecutor's office determined there wasn't enough substance to pursue charges after a lengthy investigation. But the NFL began its own probe and declined a status update in January and again in February during Commissioner Roger Goodell's state of the league address in Houston.

Elliott, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State, rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie last season, leading the NFL in rushing yards.

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