NFL Releases Statement, Says Ezekiel Elliott Suspension 'Remains In Place'

Rachel Hardy
October 16, 2017

In a 2-1 decision on Thursday, the court ruled the initial injunction filed by the NFLPA was premature because at the time it was filed, Elliott's appeal to the National Football League had not been decided.

"We are now exploring all of our legal options and will make a decision as to what is the best course of action in the next few days", Elliott attorney Frank Salzano said.

The Cowboys don't play again until Sunday, Oct. 22, at San Francisco. First, the NFL's lawsuit aimed at defending the six-game suspension remains pending in NY.

On Thursday, Elliott had his preliminary injunction thrown out and the 5th Circuit Court ordered the case to be dismissed.

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The most likely destination for further legal challenges from players' union attorneys representing Elliott is with the Southern District of NY. Elliott has denied the allegations and was never criminally charged, but under the NFL's domestic violence policy, criminal charges aren't necessary to warrant a punishment.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued Elliott's suspension in August, following a year-long investigation that concluded the running back physically assaulted ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson on three occasions in July 2016. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence. In response, the NFLPA filed a new motion Friday asking the fifth circuit to recall that order and let it seek further appeals in Texas.

Pratik Shah, a lawyer representing the NFL, insisted the NFL Players Association filed its case in the wrong jurisdiction per last month's hearing in Sherman, Texas. That meant the measures agreed upon in the collective bargaining agreement had not been exhausted. "That decision had not yet been issued".

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