Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension

Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension

Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension

The NFL's six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott stemming from domestic violence allegations has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.

Elliott played the first five games while the case was in the courts.

This issue has been hanging over Elliott and the Cowboys' since July 2016 when a former girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence.

Elliott declined to comment on the pending case after Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Elliott has been able to play while his suspension was being evaluated in court, but it was announced Thursday that his appeal was denied, leaving his availability for Week 7 and beyond in question.

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The Manhattan court will be charged with making the same decision already made by Mazzant - whether the league's disciplinary process was "fundamentally unfair" to Elliott.

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

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans granted the league's emergency request and ordered the district court in Texas to dismiss Elliott's case. He may have to serve his suspension, effective immediately. Prosecutors in OH didn't pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

That's the question both the NFLPA and the National Football League are seeking to have answered through the federal courts. 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. It's a big win for Goodell and the league.

The ruling finds that the NFLPA was premature in filing a lawsuit on Elliott's behalf before arbitrator Harold Henderson ruled on Elliott's appeal and that the district court "lacked subject matter jurisdiction when it issued the preliminary injunction" as a result.

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