Federal Courts Up Holds NFL's Pettiness Suspension Of Ezekiel Elliot

Sheri Evans
October 14, 2017

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has vacated a Texas judge's injunction in the Ezekiel Elliott case, meaning the Cowboys running back's suspension is set to take effect immediately.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that Elliott didn't get fair treatment from the National Football League in the case.

The NFL Management Council on Thursday sent a letter to the NY district court, stating its intent to file a motion to confirm the six-game suspension.

In the wake of today's ruling, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY and could seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction which would allow Elliott to keep playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program (H/T NFL).

Important to note, Elliott was never prosecuted for the incidents - and he maintains his innocence.

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Elliott had filed his suit after arbitration proceedings had been completed, but before the arbiter actually came down with a decision. So should the National Football League reinstate his suspension immediately, he will start serving his suspension on October 22 at San Francisco. If Elliott's legal team can't put the suspension on hold again, he would miss the 49ers game, plus games against the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers.

The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players' union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of NY.

"This process we have in the National Football League has the same equivalence when you are suspended", Jones told the team's flagship network. The law does provide us the outline with precedent on how to do it. Those players being Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden and Rod Smith.

"We've got really good alternatives. But we've got an alternative", Jones said. "But we've got an alternative", Jones said.

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