Published: Sun, October 22, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ezekiel Elliott and National Football League both denying any knowledge of settlement talks

Ezekiel Elliott and National Football League both denying any knowledge of settlement talks

It's unclear whether the National Football League and the representatives of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott have discussed a potential settlement of the litigation sparked by his suspension.

Elliott's legal team filed a request for a temporary restraining order Monday and will get a hearing Tuesday in the Southern District of NY, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because the filing hadn't been made public.

The case is shifting to NY because the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ordered the dismissal of Elliott's lawsuit in Texas. Elliott's camp has indicated he has no interest in settling with the NFL.

The person told the AP that U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty would hear arguments Tuesday in NY because the presiding judge, Katherine Polk Fialla, is out of town.


Judge Crotty, filling in for Judge Fallia while she was on vacation, granted a temporary restraining order, but not a preliminary injunction.

A court date has been set for Ezekiel Elliott vs. the National Football League in the ongoing battle regarding his six-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy and playing status for this year. Because the lawsuit was premature, the court vacated the injunction and tossed the lawsuit. Arbiter Harold Henderson also didn't allow Goodell or Elliott's accuser to testify and be forced to answer to the questions from Elliott's lawyers. As a result, the National Football League reinstated Elliott's six-game suspension, and it appeared at that time Elliott would be sitting out the next six games.

A tentative docket entry in the Southern District of NY indicates that a preliminary injunction hearing before Judge Failla is set for October 30 at 10 a.m. Dallas took last season's clash in the Bay Area by a final score of 24-21. This was the third federal court that questioned the appeals process.

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