Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated after court ruling
Oct 13 2017 by Marjorie Miles
On Thursday afternoon, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled in favor of the National Football League in their case against Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The Dallas Cowboys are on their bye week and may be without their star running back when they return to play on October 22. In Brady's case, his four-game suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal was enforced at the outset of last season after he played the entire 2015 season based on a ruling by a federal judge.
Elliott was previously accused of domestic violence in OH, but police chose not to press charges. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Mazzant ruled that Elliott did not receive a fair appeal hearing before Henderson, in large part because Elliott's accuser and Goodell did not testify.
A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with NFL players' union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in OH and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott, one of the league's standout running backs.
On Thursday afternoon, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the NFL.
In the Elliott case, league attorneys wrote to the 5th Circuit that the union's lawsuit had resulted in "hopelessly doomed proceedings" that shouldn't continue.
What does this mean for Elliott? In that scenario, you're thrown back to square one and the only place this could be heard now is in the southern district of NY, which is the court that Zeke and Elliott's people definitely wanted to avoid. "So this is not over yet, particularly with the bye week, that Elliott will not serve the suspension". The league's headquarters is in Manhattan, not Texas, and other cases, including the fight between the league and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, were heard in that court.