Harold Henderson upholds Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension

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Harold Henderson upheld Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported, but that doesn’t mean it’s over.

Elliott will play against the Giants on Sunday as the arbitrator’s decision came after the league’s own 4 p.m. deadline for implementation of suspensions. The NFL confirmed in court that Elliott would be on the field, per a source.

Elliott attended a more than two-hour hearing in a Sherman, Texas, courtroom Tuesday in an effort to block the suspension pending outcome of the lawsuit filed by Elliott on Friday.

Judge Amos L. Mazzaint III is expected to rule Friday on the preliminary injunction motion, per a source.

Henderson heard the appeal over three days last week, and rendered his decision during court.

51 responses to “Harold Henderson upholds Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension

  1. Jerry, will of course support the commissioner’s decision. Like Jerry said with the Tom Brady suspension, the commissioner is doing an excellent job and I support him 100%!

  2. Right or wrong doesn’t make a difference. The NFL won on appeal with the 2nd court which now sets precedent. It is not a matter of guilt or innocence, but a matter of binding arbitration that gave the commissioner the right to do this. It was a bad day for fans and workers everywhere when the court allows an employer to lie and just says “oh well, you bargained it”. I really wish Brady took it to the Supreme Court to see if it would have been reversed. Maybe Zeke will have to go that route.

  3. Must not have been going NFL’s way in court…so go ahead and triple down as if the court is not going to be suspicious..

    Only way he rules that during the hearing is if NFL was looking like the case will be heard in Texas..

    Well on the other hand maybe it was going their way and they announced so they could be first in Manhattan…

    Who knows, what a cluster. This is Billionaires Boy Club now, and the egos that go with it..

    Certainly zero to do with what Zeke may or may not have done..

  4. Harold Henderson upholding the suspension was not a surprise, he’s a lackey for Roger Goodell. Anyways, by his delay ruling he at least prevented, Lisa Friel’s Giants from not being able to face Elliott. Sure, there is going to be more of the same B.S. from Henderson about the investigation, but court fight is next. This should be interesting.

  5. Should make for good theater Sunday. Which is why the NFL imposed deadline conveniently passed before they released their ruling.
    It’s all about the ratings.

  6. Typical power play by Goodell. Picks a house organ to uphold his suspension. Brady probably should have taken one for the NFLPA by taking this to the USSC, but he wanted to get past it and get his team to the Super Bowl.

    I listen to Bill Polian on NFL Radio say he knew all along it was a slam dunk for Goodell. But that’s not the case. Judge Berman sided with Brady and the Appellate Court was 2-1 for the NFL. A loss in District Court and a 2-1 decision at the Appellate level is no slam dunk.

  7. Two seasons running, the opening of the season is clouded by one of the league’s biggest stars facing a dubious-at-best suspension over what looks like a complete clown show of a bungled NFL investigation.

    Is this REALLY what the 32 owners who are Goodell’s bosses think is the best way to promote the league?

    In a rational world, the league would have looked at Elliott’s case for a few weeks and given him a game or two for general conduct issues. But they played Keystone Kops again, and we get the same clumsy result.

  8. pastabelly says:
    September 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    Typical power play by Goodell. Picks a house organ to uphold his suspension. Brady probably should have taken one for the NFLPA by taking this to the USSC, but he wanted to get past it and get his team to the Super Bowl.

    I listen to Bill Polian on NFL Radio say he knew all along it was a slam dunk for Goodell. But that’s not the case. Judge Berman sided with Brady and the Appellate Court was 2-1 for the NFL. A loss in District Court and a 2-1 decision at the Appellate level is no slam dunk.

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    polian is as corrupt
    as goodell

  9. The leagues main investigator recommended no disciplinary action. Roger gives him 6 games. The harder the league tries to look tough, the dumber they end up looking. They are only concerned with PR, not doing what is right.

  10. Im nuetral a dolphins fan but you know whats being forgotten in all this mess? This is all bc this punk needs to grow the hell up and jerrah needs to be so fed up with this mess he sits this tool down and sets him straight but jerrah doesnt care bc the cowboys are in the spotlight and when that stops being more important than championships thats when this team will win a super bowl

  11. update: kia roberts has vanished from 345 park ave

    mike kensil’s office still has moved and he has been re-assigned since
    framegate II (deflatgate)

    framegate III is now just starting

  12. He WILL serve his 6 game suspension – the CBA is clear. It’s just a matter of how long they want to drag this out. Take your medicine, son, and keep your hands off the ladies…

  13. How many investigations can the NFL bungle? SpyGate (destroyed the tapes), BountyGate (made up evidence), Ray Rice, DeflateGate, Zeke … Seriously. It boggles the mind.

  14. kevpft says:
    September 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    Two seasons running, the opening of the season is clouded by one of the league’s biggest stars facing a dubious-at-best suspension over what looks like a complete clown show of a bungled NFL investigation.

    Is this REALLY what the 32 owners who are Goodell’s bosses think is the best way to promote the league?

    In a rational world, the league would have looked at Elliott’s case for a few weeks and given him a game or two for general conduct issues. But they played Keystone Kops again, and we get the same clumsy result.

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    even a 1 game is wrong

    this is about integrity and principle and goodell is void of both

    anyone who reads the affidavit knows tiffany thompson is a liar itrying
    to ruin him

    sue her and goodell and call each to the stand in a defamation suit, back to back

    brady should sue too

    bury this man and throw him in jail

  15. Is the NFL really going to get away with having Giants fan Lisa Friel, who gave Giants kicker and serial abuser Josh Brown a 1-game suspension, give Ezekial Elliott a 6-game suspension, for something that more than likely never happened?

    This kind of stuff doesn’t even happen in Russia.

  16. I will never understand why people demand a personal conduct policy for NFL players while actors and entertainment folks suffer no consequences for their transgressions, despite their moral pontification (whats up josh brolin, casey affleck, roman polanski) . The owners don’t want this BS policy; they only have it because the media would unleash social justice fury upon them if they didn’t have it and everyone of course goes along with it because it pulls at their heartstrings. Hollywood gets that free pass though

  17. If Mara had “spoken” then why is Zeke playing against the Giants on Sunday? Mara has nothing to do with this. Im not defending the suspension….but enough with the “Mara tells Goodell what to do” narrative.

  18. kevpft says:
    September 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    In a rational world, the league would have looked at Elliott’s case for a few weeks and given him a game or two for general conduct issues. But they played Keystone Kops again, and we get the same clumsy result.
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    First of all, there’s nothing rational about the league office. Secondly, due to their incompetence with Ray Rice and Josh Brown, they didn’t have any choice but to do the wrong thing, again.

    It’s criminal that the league office gets away with all of the lying and manipulation and deception.

  19. ‘There’s no such thing as bad publicity’
    P.T. Barnum

    just like with Brady, this has people who don’t even know where Dallas is, talking about the NFL

  20. So Zeke’s lawyers poke holes in the NFL’s whole basis for suspension (the judging of bruise aging through photos) and Henderson still upholds it? This outcome was predetermined. Honestly I wouldn’t mind if Zeke missed every game this year if it was to spend the whole season fighting this BS

  21. The “NFL case” against Elliot is based on two issues. The NFL could not find any alternative circumstance whereby Ms. Thompson got her bruises other than by Elliot. The NFL finds Elliot engaged in a pattern of behavior (e.g. publicly exposing a woman’s breast)that violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

    The NFL’s case makes sense UNTIL you understand the following facts submitted by Elliot’s defense team: “… both the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL investigators expressly concluded and conveyed to our office (and others) that the accuser was lying about an alleged July 22, 2016 incident whereby she accused Mr. Elliott of pulling her out of her car and assaulting her. An allegation that was ultimately undermined by her own friend’s affidavit which stated that no such assault occurred. The affidavit also outlined the accuser’s plan to orchestrate a story to police to in order to corroborate her false allegation of assault. In addition, the NFL’s own medical experts concluded that many of her injuries predated the week in question and likely occurred during a period of time when Mr. Elliott was not in contact with the accuser.”

    The NFL has made an egregious mistake and I am confident the courts will reach the same conclusion.

  22. Harold Henderson, according to the haters, was Jerry’s best Friend. Yet, this was the same guy involved in the ruling for Dallas and Washington to lose cap space several years back in an “uncapped” year.

    This is yet another failure on the part of the NFL, and Henderson is anything but neutral. Regardless, it is likely Elliott plays all year, as he will win his motion. This will drag on through the season, further making the NFL look that much more inept.

    Bozo Goodell, your days as commissioner are numbered.

  23. There appears to be a lot of posters here practicing law without a law degree. This decision, and the decision to suspend Zeke in the first place was born of the CBA. Back when the CBA was in negotiation, the Players Union had to balance the demand for more money in exchange for giving the Commissioner more power. Guess which one the Players choose?

    Its the old cliche’, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. The Players can challenge in Federal Court all they want but the judge is faced with CBA that was previously agreed to and now he is being forced to uphold it despite Zeke’s best attempt to forge a loop hole or two out of it.

  24. Jerry Jones wins again. He gets his suspended running back to play in the all important divisional game against the Giants because of a self appointed 4PM deadline….ya right!! Wasn’t a Thursday decision enough to keep Odel Beckham out???? League BS as usual

  25. When you look at the appeal, they make a lot of good points… NFL handled this like they want to be tough but made so many mistakes that it’ll get tossed… They can say, “In our attempt to be strong on DV blah blah blah made mistakes blah blah blah only had the best intentions blah blah blah not our fault blame the feds!”

    Get the PC credit for “trying”, but keep hoards of NFL fans happy with him on the field playing since it will implode like a deflated ball… that in a lot of ways appears to be end-game here.

    See what I did there… Yeah.

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