Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Block Overturned by Judge

Ruben Hill
October 13, 2017

Ezekiel Elliott lost the pivotal court battle that he needed on Thursday, as Louisiana's 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the jurisdiction of his lawsuit and injunction against the NFL's six-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy are both invalid.

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.

The appeals court ruled that Elliott and the NFLPA had not exhausted all available options when it asked for the preliminary injunction in a Texas court before the league ruled on Elliott's suspension. However, the star running back is bound to appeal or file a motion for a new injunction, allowing him to play while the suspension is argued in court. As of now, Elliott's suspension is scheduled to start in Week 7, after the Cowboys' bye week. Elliott can not show it was futile to wait for a final decision simply because he believed the arbitrator would issue an unfavorable ruling.

But due to the collective bargaining agreement, the National Football League believes it doesn't need a conviction to punish a player.

Goodell suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation into domestic violence accusations made by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. In a letter sent to Elliott informing him of suspension in August, the National Football League stated it believed he used physical force against Thompson three times over a span of five days in July 2016.

But the NFL investigated it for 13 months and commissioner Roger Goodell handed Elliott a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy on August 11.

Elliott, 22, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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