Sitting down at a table surrounded by every writer in the room, Ezekiel Elliott needed about 10 seconds to show he’s handling his recent citation just fine.
Ohio State’s star tailback had barely sat down before the first question was asked about how he was handling the recent events.
“What are we talking about?” he cracked, a huge smile spreading across his face.
He then shifted into a more serious tone as he addressed his Dec. 27 car crash. Elliott said he’d been hurrying to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in a downpour and his car hydroplaned. The crash led to citations for failure to control and driving with a suspended license.
“First and foremost, I wasn’t aware that my license was suspended,” Elliott said. “My dad is doing everything he can to get that handled and get my license back in good standing.
“I’m honestly just glad that nobody was majorly injured. I’m glad that everyone is all right. Honestly, I feel like that’s the most important part to me. It was a scary situation. I’m just really trying to put it behind me and focus on this game.”
Elliott was not suspended for the upcoming game against Notre Dame and said he never thought he would be. The St. Louis native closed out the discussion by adding that he’s trying to tune out those who might have a negative opinion of him.
“It’s somewhat frustrating, it definitely is,” he said. “It’s something I can’t control, and how I live is to not worry about things you can’t control. All I can do is just try to go out there and continue to do what I do and continue to compete and continue to handle business.
“Honestly I’m not really worried about what other people are thinking because the most important thing to me is that my teammates know the type of guy I am and what I stand for. I would do anything for this university and I’ll do anything to get a ‘W.’ What other people are thinking is really unimportant to me.”