Federal Courts Up Holds NFL's Pettiness Suspension Of Ezekiel Elliot

Federal Courts Up Holds NFL's Pettiness Suspension Of Ezekiel Elliot

Federal Courts Up Holds NFL's Pettiness Suspension Of Ezekiel Elliot

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott can be suspended by the National Football League after a federal appeals court on Thursday cleared the way. Elliott's suspension was put on hold after a Texas court granted him an injunction in September.

A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month.

The most likely next step for Elliott could be to pursue the case in NY, where the National Football League has already filed a case on the matter.

"We are now exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days, " Elliott's attorney Frank Salzano said in a statement Thursday.

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Elliott filed an appeal of the suspension, but independent arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the punishment. Elliott and the NFLPA are expected to either file an amended lawsuit in district court or ask for a rehearing or an en banc panel hearing with the 5th Circuit, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.

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"That's their argument for why there is irreparable harm, and why this thing should be stayed as the case plays out in the higher courts".

Elliott's camp, however, is likely to file another temporary restraining order in a NY court to once again fight the six-game span that stems from domestic violence allegations made against him in OH a year ago.

Elliott's representatives have said they didn't drag their feet in providing the National Football League with information. The primary reason this took longer was there were significant delays in getting the information we requested from Mr. Elliott and his representatives.

The 5th Circuit's ruling is essentially a restart on the process. That would allow Elliott to keep playing for the Cowboys, who are on a bye this week.

The first game Elliott would be able to play in would be in week 13 against the Washington Redskins. Because the opinion dismissed Elliott's case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the fight over his underlying claims remain undecided. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence.

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