Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Ezekiel Elliott suspension reinstated after court ruling

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
Spencer Simpson | 13 October, 2017, 00:36

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for the National Football League to suspend Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott six for a domestic violence case in Ohio.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) walks off the field after losing to the Green Bay Packers 35-31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

To get the background story on the entire Elliott case, check out The Latest On The Ezekiel Elliott Appeal Suspension.

The six-game suspension was handed down in August after a 13-month investigation into an alleged string of domestic violence incidents in Columbus, Ohio the week of Elliott's 21st birthday. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

If the team had a game tomorrow, Elliott wouldn't be allowed to play.

According to the AP, the court lifted an injunction Thursday that blocked a six-game suspension for the star, which cleared the way for the NFL's punishment.

According to appellate lawyer Raffi Melkonian, the NFLPA's lawsuit on Elliott's behalf came prematurely. Henderson ruled against Elliott the same day Mazzant heard arguments over the injunction.

The circuit court's ruling does not mean Elliott's fight is over.

The judges voted 2-1 to grant the NFL's emergency request and ordered the U.S. Eastern District Court in Sherman to dismiss Elliott's case. "So this is not over yet, particularly with the bye week, that Elliott will not serve the suspension". It's a labor law issue surrounding Goodell's power over player discipline and whether or not he is wielding it in a way that is consistent with the personal conduct policy and the current collective bargaining agreement.

The league won the "Deflategate" decision in the NY court, leading to New England quarterback Tom Brady serving his four-game suspension a year after it was originally imposed.

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