Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Court Rules in Favor of National Football League in Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

Court Rules in Favor of National Football League in Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

On Thursday afternoon, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled in favor of the National Football League in their case against Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes. The NFL filed in NY and they thought this would help them win this case having it away from Elliott's home state of Texas.

A federal judge in Texas issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month. Elliott will have to get another injunction in NY in order to keep playing this season. The Columbus, Ohio city prosecutor's office cleared Elliott of any charges, citing misleading and inconsistent information from the accuser, Elliott's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

Calling the lawsuit, which was filed by the N.F.L. Players Association on Elliott's behalf, "premature", the court ruled that a district court, which had issued an injunction blocking the suspension from being enforced, lacked subject matter jurisdiction to adjudicate the appeal and vacated its injunction. Goodell said the league felt he had committed at least three domestic violence incidents against Thompson after its investigation.

Our models project Elliott for 1,067.2 rushing yards, 262.1 receiving yards, and 12.2 total touchdowns the rest of the season; if he is allowed to play the remaining 11 games, of course. As a receiver, Elliott has registered 17 receptions for 134 more yards and another score.

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