NFLPA brief says Ezekiel Elliott appeal decision coming Tuesday

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There’s been some confusion about whether there is a Tuesday afternoon deadline for a decision from arbitrator Harold Henderson on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension appeal to impact Elliott’s availability for Week One, but it may turn out to be a moot point.

In a brief filed by the NFLPA and shared by attorney Daniel Wallach, in support of their request for a temporary restraining order blocking any suspension, the union said that Henderson has told all parties that he will issue a ruling before the close of business on Tuesday.

The brief also tackles the NFL’s assertion that the restraining order should be denied on the grounds that the union filed suit prematurely. While the suit was filed before Henderson’s decision, the NFLPA argues that “if the NFLPA and Elliott were forced to wait for the Award to be rendered before filing the Petition, no court would have the opportunity to stop Elliott’s unlawful suspension in its tracks” and that “injunctions are issued when the bulldozer is on the front lawn—not after it has razed the house.”

A hearing on the temporary restraining order is set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT. It remains to be seen if that will be after Henderson issues his own decision or not.

22 responses to “NFLPA brief says Ezekiel Elliott appeal decision coming Tuesday

  1. In some way, the NFL was smart about things this time. With Brady and Ray Rice there was a lot of time in between the decision and the start of the suspension. If they announce that it is upheld, there is not much Elliott can do to prevent the suspension from taking place.

  2. Henderson was instructed to not keep Goodell’s suspension in place until after they were able to file a motion to dismiss the NFLPA and Elliott’s case as “pre-emptive”.

    Now the motion to dismiss has been filed, he can rule up to 3:59:59 on Tuesday to try to keep Elliott away from playing the NY Maras.

  3. By the same token, you don’t lay down in front of the house 2 weeks before the bulldozers show up…you wait until you see them coming. Just ask Arthur Dent.

  4. PrincePaul says:
    September 5, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    In some way, the NFL was smart about things this time. With Brady and Ray Rice there was a lot of time in between the decision and the start of the suspension. If they announce that it is upheld, there is not much Elliott can do to prevent the suspension from taking place.
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    Goodell screwed up with Ray Rice because he tried to suspend him a second time after the public outcry over the 2-game suspension and the revealing of the second video.

    With Brady, the NFL rushed down to the courthouse to file a motion that their decision be upheld, and the NFLPA got an injunction that delayed the suspension until that got resolved.

    No reason to believe that this situation will be any different than Brady’s.

  5. RegisHawk says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    By the same token, you don’t lay down in front of the house 2 weeks before the bulldozers show up…you wait until you see them coming.
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    After psigate, the NFLPA knows those bulldozers are coming no matter what.

  6. Does Goodell REALLY want Brady 2.0? The NFL lost this one as soon as the blackmail text messages occurred.

    C’mon Roger, do the right thing (for once) and just drop the case.

  7. eaglesnoles05 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm
    Is it just me, or does the NFL bungle literally EVERY high-profile situation?

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    No, it is not you. It just shows you how deluded they are. They also think franchises can move to London, 2 teams in LA, even though it never worked well before, will somehow work now; a team will be in China, and all of this will work swimmingly, even though the complete opposite logic is the normal logic.

    It’s no different than how they have way too many rules, refs can’t keep up and they’ll lie on the back end to cover it up.

    All of this started happening when Goodell came into the league and nothing remotely close to this has ever happened in NFL history before, let alone sports history.

    Also, ratings dropped 12% last year because it was an election year, even though ratings in 2012, 2008 or 2004, etc, never saw such a drop in ratings in those years.

    I could go on for days.

    They think by lying to the NFL customer over and over, it’s good for the long term growth of the sport.

  8. I just dont get why NFL’s commissioners office has taken on the role of 3rd party oversight. I have NO problem with any league office closing ranks and going into full protect mode to shield the public from all the league’s dirty laundry. Unless law enforcement arrest, convict and sentence someone, no need for the league to play the part of judge, jury and executioner.

    I think the NFL has done more to damage its own image than the players have.

  9. weeteblog says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I just dont get why NFL’s commissioners office has taken on the role of 3rd party oversight. I have NO problem with any league office closing ranks and going into full protect mode to shield the public from all the league’s dirty laundry. Unless law enforcement arrest, convict and sentence someone, no need for the league to play the part of judge, jury and executioner.

    I think the NFL has done more to damage its own image than the players have.
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    There’s nothing wrong with trying to uphold a standard of conduct within the NFL, but when the league office resorts to lies and deceit in the name of integrity, then the plane has flown into the mountain.

  10. Let’s be honest. Fans don’t really care what a player does off the field as long as he performs on the field. He can be a complete dirtbag in his personal life and it wouldn’t matter a bit to them.

  11. Zeke is a young man/kid with seemingly much baggage. He has alot of growing up to do and issues to work out about what it takes to be a man.
    Without seeing all the evidence for and against him, I cant make an educated guess as to his guilt or innocence. He’s the devil I don’t know.

    As for the Fraudger, his minions, attorneys, 345 Park Ave and the colluding, corrupt cabal known as the NFL, they are he devil I do know.
    The mere fact they are the involved with anything to do with the justice being sought,
    I really hope this suspension is vacated forthwith.

    Pats Fan since 77′

  12. mmack66 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    weeteblog says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I just dont get why NFL’s commissioners office has taken on the role of 3rd party oversight. I have NO problem with any league office closing ranks and going into full protect mode to shield the public from all the league’s dirty laundry. Unless law enforcement arrest, convict and sentence someone, no need for the league to play the part of judge, jury and executioner.

    I think the NFL has done more to damage its own image than the players have.
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    There’s nothing wrong with trying to uphold a standard of conduct within the NFL, but when the league office resorts to lies and deceit in the name of integrity, then the plane has flown into the mountain.

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    What’s creepy is the supposed fans who are on here who support what you just described.

    They’re so agenda-driven like their own lying, cheating owners, so thrilled the Pats have had drfat picks stolen and lost super bowls off of other distractions as lies, with a missing 1st rd pick in SB 46, allowing the Giants to win, they don’t care if they’re seen as frauds and liars too.

    That’s how deep the rage, jealousy and hate is towards the Pats.

  13. The discipline process seems to be fundamentally flawed in the NFL. It doesn’t seem fair that the same person that levees the penalty is the person you appeal to for a reduction of the discipline he imposed. If the NFL is trying to uphold the honor of the NFL shield, it begins with treating employees fairly.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    mmack66 says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:57 pm
    weeteblog says:
    September 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    I just dont get why NFL’s commissioners office has taken on the role of 3rd party oversight. I have NO problem with any league office closing ranks and going into full protect mode to shield the public from all the league’s dirty laundry. Unless law enforcement arrest, convict and sentence someone, no need for the league to play the part of judge, jury and executioner.

    I think the NFL has done more to damage its own image than the players have.
    ———————-

    There’s nothing wrong with trying to uphold a standard of conduct within the NFL, but when the league office resorts to lies and deceit in the name of integrity, then the plane has flown into the mountain.

    2 0 Rate This

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    What’s creepy is the supposed fans who are on here who support what you just described.

    They’re so agenda-driven like their own lying, cheating owners, so thrilled the Pats have had drfat picks stolen and lost super bowls off of other distractions as lies, with a missing 1st rd pick in SB 46, allowing the Giants to win, they don’t care if they’re seen as frauds and liars too.

    That’s how deep the rage, jealousy and hate is towards the Pats.

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    First of all, not everything is about the Patriots…hate to break it to you! Second, I dont watch the NFL because I am interviewing perspective baby sitters for my kids….or contractors who are doing work on my house. This is 100% about my entertainment…I dont want to hear about lawyers, suspensions or league BS. I want players on the field for my enjoyment. I’m not a Patriots fan, but I want to see Brady play…not sit because a football was a little low on air pressure.

    If law enforcement has seen fit to not charge someone….why do I care? If the “victim” decides that accepting a payoff to drop charges i acceptable to them….why do I care? This league is historically bad at investigating and punishing players:

    – Tom Brady – supposedly let air out of a few footballs…gets 4 games
    – Josh Brown – Beats his wife for years and admits to it….gets 1 game
    – Zeke Elliott – never arrested or charged and the lead investigator recommended not suspension….gets 6 games.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with this league and the commissioners office and its turning their core fan base against their product. They have held Dallas and Elliott hostage for 14 months and the start of 2 seasons of football over an accusation that its own lead investigator thought was shaky at best.

    I’m merely advocating that we let the legal system deal with the criminal aspect of things and if a player is convicted….the NFL can suspend accordingly.

  15. weeteblog says:
    September 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I’m merely advocating that we let the legal system deal with the criminal aspect of things and if a player is convicted….the NFL can suspend accordingly.
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    The two major domestic violence suspensions prior to this one were cases where there was no conviction, yet suspensions were definitely warranted.

    With Elliot, since there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that the whole kerfuffle was nothing more than a scam by a jealous, vindictive ex-girlfriend, a suspension is not warranted.

    How the NFL managed to screw all of them up is anyone’s guess.

  16. …the NFLPA knows those bulldozers are coming no matter what.

    And yet, they do nothing to keep their members from screwing up repeatedly.

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