Elliott’s suspension takes effect as court sides with NFL

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FILE PHOTO: Oct 22, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

November 9, 2017

(The Sports Xchange) – Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had his latest legal motion denied by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Thursday, meaning his six-game NFL suspension is back in effect.

Barring a last-minute maneuver, Elliott will begin his suspension when the Cowboys visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The NFL Players Association is expected to request an expedited appeal of Thursday’s decision but the suspension began immediately upon the court’s ruling.

If the suspension sticks, Elliott will next be eligible to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 24.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the case after Elliott received an administrative stay in New York federal court last Friday. That ruling allowed him to play in the Cowboys’ victory over the Kansas City Chiefs two days later.

But the three-judge panel on Thursday sided with the NFL after hearing oral arguments from league lawyers and the NFLPA. Elliott attended the 30-minute hearing.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Elliott for six games on Aug. 11 after a 13-month investigation concluded he was in violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy for an incident in the summer of 2016. Elliott, who was not arrested or charged in the case, maintains his innocence after being accused of assaulting former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in Columbus, Ohio.

Elliott defended himself last week and reiterated that he did nothing wrong.

“This is bigger than a suspension, this is bigger than football,” Elliott told reporters. “It’s them trying to make something that I’m not. I’m not an abuser, that’s not who I am. This is my name, this is my reputation, something that I’ll have to live with beyond football. So every day is worth fighting.”

Elliott ranks second in the NFL with 783 rushing yards. He led the league with 1,631 last season as a rookie.

  • Living_The_Dream

    Cowboy haters are everywhere. Punishment should only be handed out, if one is found guilty. I understand “Innocent until proven Guilty” is reserved only for the criminals. Law abiding citizens are guilty until proven innocent.

  • Robert Adams

    Any form of domestic violence must carry a much stiffer form of punishment – like suspended for the season without game pay.

    • Michael Durkin

      Yeah, Agreed, but the issue here is that the domestic violence charges were dismissed as baseless, yet the NFL invokes it’s own punishment. When did the NFL become a legal system? They should be punishing people only after they are guilty.

      • Flagfriend

        I disagree.

        The NFL is not part of our legal system, that is correct. But as a private enterprise, it has every right to develop standards of conduct that those in employment are required to follow. They did a 13 month investigation, and in the end, handed out a 6 game suspension, all the while knowing that the domestic violence charges were dismissed. That is telling me they might know something that the prosecuter might not, or didn’t anticipate he could prove. And don’t kid yourself, with all the mistakes the NFL has made in the past few years, I think they are super sensitive to making sure they err on the side that will bring the least amount of consternation from the collective fan base. And 31 teams and their fans could give a rat’s rear end about Ezekiel Elliot. That means he doesn’t have the numbers on his side.

        • sweptarea

          “That is telling me they might know something that the prosecuter (sic) might not,”

          Then ANNOUNCE WHAT IT IS !
          .

      • Robert Adams

        When does your boss have the right to discipline or fire you? When you disobey the company rules.

  • alfred

    Elliot, just take it like a man

  • Roy Beane

    He’ll be laughing all the way to the bank, no doubt. Probably already has more money than he will live long enough to ever spend anyways.

    • Robert Adams

      Guys like Elliott are not smart enough to known how to invest. Money will be squandered or mismanaged by his agent.

  • Beachguy53

    Dallas Plowboys.