St. Patrick's Day may not be until Friday, but Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott got the party started six days early with a tradition I've never heard of before—pulling a woman's breast out of her top for the rest of the party to see.
While enjoying a beer on the roof of a Dallas bar during the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Greenville Avenue, Zeke was filmed looking down into the crowd before tugging down on the woman's top to expose her chest.
In a second video, apparently recorded just after the first, Zeke tries to go in for seconds when the woman slaps him away. Then she does the deed herself.
According to TMZ, a representative for Elliott said the woman "wasn't upset" and "actually hung out with Zeke and a group of friends after the parade ended."
Regardless of their relationship, Zeke's actions have drawn outrage among women's rights advocates.
"The reality is that what happened in that video was sexual assault, period," said Shaunna Thomas, cofounder of UltraViolet, an organization dedicated to fighting for women's rights.
Will NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspend the All-Pro First Team back for his actions? In the past he's made it clear that legal findings don't determine punishment from the league.
“My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated [the] law,” Goodell wrote in a letter to Ben Roethlisberger seven years ago, when the commissioner suspended the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback for being accused of—but not charged with—sexual assault. “[Y]ou are held to a higher standard as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct … that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with either the values of the league or the expectations of our fans…. Your conduct raises sufficient concerns that I believe effective intervention now is the best step for your personal and professional welfare.”
It's not surprising a member of the Cowboys wouldn't know how to act in a parade through the city streets—the Cowboys haven't given the city one in over two decades.