5th Circuit Rules on Ezekiel Elliott Case

During the off season, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was investigated by law enforcement personnel for accusations of domestic violence. While authorities could not find enough evidence to charge Elliott; however, the NFL charged Elliott with violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy and issued a six game suspension.

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Elliott appealed the decision which was upheld by the NFL.

Elliott then took his case to the courts where he has filed a motion to dismiss the case with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

On October 12 the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Elliott’s motion in favour of the NFL, thus upholding Elliott’s six game suspension.

The NFL Player’s Union had also filed a lawsuit on Elliott’s behalf which the Court of Appeals ruled should be dismissed.

In essence the six game suspension should begin immediately, making him eligible to return to the team on November 24 and play in the game against the Washington Redskins on November 30; however, the NFL Players Association and Elliott are currently reviewing all options and further legal action is possible.

Reviewing their options include the NFLPA refiling an injunction so that Elliott can continue to play, seeking an en banc hearing with the 5th Circuit Court, or reinstatement of the injunction.

The Player’s Association issued a statement on the decision saying, “the NFLPA is reviewing the decision and considering all options. The appellate court decision focuses on the jurisdictional issues. The failure of due process by the NFL articulated in the district court’s decision were not addressed.”

The Cowboys are on their bye week and do not play this weekend; as a result, if the Association and the Courts work quickly, Elliott may be able to continue to play without missing a game.

Should the suspension go through, Elliott will miss games against the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, the to date undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Falcons, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Los Angeles Chargers.

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