Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ezekiel Elliott: 'Relieved I finally get a fair trial'

Ezekiel Elliott: 'Relieved I finally get a fair trial'

After winning the NFL's rushing crown as a rookie in 2016, Elliott was handed a six-game suspension by the NFL on August 11 for violating the league's personal conduct policy following a year-long investigation into alleged physical assaults.

However, the National Football League is expected to counteract that by filing an appeal to the Fifth Circuit court of appeals to get that suspension put back in place, according to Todd Archer of ESPN. Instead, the legal process will play out under the NFLPA's request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, likely meaning Elliott, who rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 TDs as a rookie last season, will be available to the Cowboys for the whole season.

"Just kind of your name being dragged through the mud", Elliott said. It paved the way for Elliott to possibly play the entire season while the courts decided whether or not the National Football League process followed that of what is outlined in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). A notice of appeal was also filed with the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The league could have placed Elliott on the commissioner's exempt list to circumvent the court's decision but elected not to do that, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post. "The answer is he did not", federal Judge Amos Mazzant ruled.

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The appeals process and the federal lawsuit aren't trying to establish guilt or innocence. These processes simply seek to establish whether or not the National Football League acted in a manner that is consistent with its personal conduct policy.

In Friday's decision, Judge Mazzant cited the "fundamental unfairness" of the NFL's process for suspending Elliott, and called out the league for turning a "blind eye" to league investigator Kia Roberts's opinion that Elliott should not be suspended.

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