Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated after court ruling

Doug Mendoza
October 13, 2017

Bad news for the Dallas Cowboys. a federal appeals court has ruled Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension is back on. At the time the NFLPA filed the complaint, it was possible the arbitrator could have issued a final decision that was favorable to Elliott. Because of this, according to the court, "the procedures provided for in the collective bargaining agreement between the National Football League and NFLPA were not exhausted", and Elliott's suspension should be upheld.

Photo Ezekiel Elliott during the Cowboys' win over the Arizona Cardinals on September 25.

In his dissenting decision, judge James E. Graves wrote he believed the district court properly and concluded the "NFL is unable to show a likelihood of success on the merits of any irreparable injury for purposes of a stay".

What does this mean for Elliott? Because the opinion dismissed Elliott's case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the fight over his underlying claims remain undecided. The Columbus, Ohio city prosecutor's office cleared Elliott of any charges, citing misleading and inconsistent information from the accuser, Elliott's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

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The Manhattan court will be charged with making the same decision already made by Mazzant - whether the league's disciplinary process was "fundamentally unfair" to Elliott.

The league has been unwilling to live with that decision.

Elliott played the first five games while the case was in the courts. The NFLPA is expected to file a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach. He may have to serve his suspension, effective immediately.

Previous NFL cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY are a mixed bag. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court.

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