National Football League expected to appeal Ezekiel Elliott's injunction to Fifth Circuit court

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

He said that when he learned of the ruling on Friday afternoon, he felt relief that he had received the restraining order that forbids the National Football League from enforcing its suspension.

U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III last week weighed in on Elliott's side, questioning in the fairness of the NFL's disciplinary process.

Elliott went on to run for 104 yards on 24 carries in the Cowboys' 19-3 win against the New York Giants on Sunday night. If Elliott gets the restraining order, he'd stand a good chance to be eligible for all 16 games this season. Finally, nearly an hour after Collinsworth teased it, Mike Tirico got to the Cowboys running back. "I'm just happy I'll be able to be with these guys for as long as is permitted".

The lawsuit was filed to put a temporary hold on the suspension, allowing Elliot to play until the case is resolved.

According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the minimum suspension a player is required to serve in any physical violence incident is six games, but junior Trent Cormacchione disagrees with Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling. After all, for Jones and his team, everything is riding this season on Elliott and his ability to stay in the lineup.

The NFL say Elliott's case is similar to Brady and that of New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson's child abuse case in that they deal with the same legal question of whether NFL followed the followed the correct procedures regarding its investigation, discipline and appeals policy through Article 46.

The NFL has yet to respond other than issuing a statement disagreeing with the ruling. Thus, the Court finds, the National Football League further sought to ensure that the NFLPA and Elliott would never find out about Roberts's opinions by arguing that her testimony would be cumulative of Friel's and unnecessary in the arbitration. Prosecutors chose not to charge Elliott with any crimes, due to insufficient evidence. The league said its conclusions were based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence.

The investigator who wrote the memo -the only NFL official to interview Thompson in the case - later revealed she had not been asked to attend a meeting between the league's vice president of investigations Lisa Friel and Goodell.

Elliott declined on Sunday night to talk about the fairness of the proceedings, any lessons he takes from the process or the possibility of a league appeal. The home crowd was certainly excited to see him on the field, but the looming stigma remained over the Running Back.

The judge also faulted the league for what he saw as several efforts to hide the opinion of co-lead investigator Kia Roberts.

Thompson, who filed two reports with Columbus police, accused Elliott of beating her for five days during the time of Elliott's 21st birthday.

-The NFL disregarded law enforcement's decision not to prosecute Elliott, a decision made because the police were concerned about "conflicting versions of what had taken place over the listed dates".

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