Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game NFL Suspension Reinstated by Court

Ezekiel Elliott's 6-Game NFL Suspension Reinstated by Court

The six game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence was reinstated Thursday afternoon.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes. The Cowboys have not provided any indication who would start if Elliott indeed serves his suspension - he could appeal yet again - but both Morris and Darren McFadden would garner consideration. 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.

The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas ruled in September that the National Football League did not give Elliott a fair hearing for his suspension even before arbitrator Harold Henderson's final ruling, thus granting him a preliminary injuction and allowing him to play.

Elliott was previously accused of domestic violence in OH, but police chose not to press charges.

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.

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The hope was that the Fifth Circuit judges will agree where Mazzant did not.

Elliott's lawyers point to appeals hearing testimony from Roberts that notes her lack of support for a suspension because she questioned Thompson's credibility.

A federal judge in Texas blocked the suspension last month.

The NFL previously prevailed at the appellate level in cases involving Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady in which the NFLPA challenged disciplinary measures and scored victories at the district court level. The 5th Circuit's decision says that Elliott and the NFLPA filed their lawsuit prematurely, going against the league's collective bargaining agreement.

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