Dallas Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee was arrested for a DWI in the Dallas area on Oct. 19 at around 3 a.m. However, it was how he handled it that raised eyebrows.
Kazee told police that he had been with teammates Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott hours before his DWI arrest, admitting that they were all partying before he got pulled over.
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“I was just with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, and we were just having fun — went out,” Kazee told the cop.
Kazee was caught on police video, which TMZ Sports obtained. The footage revealed Kazee name-dropping his teammates after being pulled over.
The 28-year-old recently signed with the Cowboys during the offseason. Kazee told the officer he had “probably like three shots” while out with Prescott, Elliott, and other teammates at a restaurant in downtown Dallas.
During the police stop, Kazee was informed by the officer that he stopped him for failure to use a turn signal and erratic driving.
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Kazee slurred his words in the video and apologized by simply saying, “my bad,” before adding the Cowboys’ franchise quarterback and running back into the mix.
“Today we was just going out to eat,” Kazee said, “because it’s rookie night.”
Kazee didn’t appear aware as he went through a series of field sobriety tests, and he struggled to count backward.
Kazee also couldn’t walk in a straight line, and it was enough to convince the authorities to arrest and charge Kazee with a misdemeanor DWI charge.
“I apologized to my family, my teammates, my coaches and to the owner, who gave me a job,” Kazee said to the media.
“I’m happy the Lord helped me get out,” Kazee said. He acknowledged that he would “deal with” any punishment the NFL levied on him over it all. “I didn’t hit nobody, I didn’t hurt myself. Just thankful I’m here now.”
The Cowboys are looking into the incident to “know the particulars of the arrest.” Coach Mike McCarthy recently revealed that he has visited with Kazee, who’s in his first year in Dallas.
“I have not heard from the NFL,” said owner Jerry Jones to 105.3 The Fan. “That has a protocol. I don’t know the particulars of the arrest, so we’ll wait and see how that goes.”
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spoke on the Kazee situation last week.
“I visited with Damontae today. It’s unfortunate,” said McCarthy to the media. “We’re definitely aware of everything that went on. It’s a pending legal matter right now. I really can’t comment much further than that.”
McCarthy has his own problems, as defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will serve as the Dallas Cowboys’ interim coach Thursday against the New Orleans Saints. McCarthy will miss the game because he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Atlanta Falcons drafted Kazee in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. He played college football at San Diego State. Kazee tore his Achilles tendon in Week 4 of the 2020 NFL season against the Green Bay Packers, ending his season.
Kazee has started nine games for Dallas this season, recording 27 tackles and one interception.
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