Judge issues injunction blocking Ezekiel Elliott suspension

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will play against the Giants on Sunday night. It looks like he’ll be playing in the weeks that follow as well.

Judge Amos Mazzant granted the NFLPA’s request for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction barring the NFL from imposing a six-game suspension on Friday afternoon. Mazzant wrote that the court was asked to rule on whether Elliott received a “fundamentally fair arbitration hearing” and that he found Elliott had not received that when explaining his decision to grant the preliminary injunction.

Mazzant wrote that he came to that conclusion because arbitrator Harold Henderson’s refusal to allow Tiffany Thompson, who accused Elliott of abusing her, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify at the arbitration hearing denied Elliott a fair hearing.

The issue will now head for other courtrooms and other hearings that will determine whether the suspension is put back into effect. For now, though, Elliott is free to play football for the Cowboys.

53 responses to “Judge issues injunction blocking Ezekiel Elliott suspension

  1. Anyone else wondering why all these hearings and appeals aren’t on TV. Would get great ratings but probably hurt Goodell’s credibility more, assuming that’s still possible.

  2. We just saw this movie. It ended with Brady winning the Super Bowl.

    It will probably end the same way again, with Brady winning the Super Bowl.

  3. Welcome to Texas, Roger! Zeke beat you to the punch on filing suit, and since the arbitration was a fraud, there’s little hope of getting this back to NY for home court advantage. This a whole different ball game than Deflategate.

  4. PSA for all NFL owners. It’s time for principle Goodell to go. His idea of discipline is over the top and since deflate gate he’s out for blood. Get him out before he ruins the league.

  5. Before people start talking about Article 46, remember that this case is not in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals area. The Brady court’s finding regarding Goodell’s power is not binding outside of the 2nd Circuit.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says:
    September 8, 2017 at 6:29 pm
    This news couldn’t have come before my fantasy draft?

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    So glad that it didn’t. I got Zeke in the 3rd round right after Dez. now I have David Johnson and Zeke! gonna start getting my ring fitted for my next Fantasy Football Championship.

  7. It is illogical for the judge to rule this way – this NFL system is not a legal proceeding and therefore issuing this statement about imposing legal standards on the proceedings is bogus – the judge should be impeached for exceeding his authority; at no time is this NFL proceeding ever a legal one.

    Just remember, the NFL can increase the time of suspension – just ask the New York Nightmara kicker who just had his case escalated.

    Fire the judge.

  8. The Ezekiel Elliott case could and should deal a death-blow to the NFL “system” that allows players to be judged and punished exclusively by the commissioner and his minions.

    Companies have employee handbooks that detail acceptable and unacceptable employee behavior and outline the punishment for violating the company’s policies. How can a multi-billion dollar business like the NFL not have standards for employee behavior – standards that any small business would have?! It’s an outrage and the time has come for this business run by 32 wealthy business owners who know better (they don’t run their businesses like they run the NFL) starting doing things by a book that everyone can read and follow.

    How these super-wealthy owners get away with things that your local business cannot is beyond the pale of reason!

  9. It makes sense. An arbitration hearing is suppose to be impartial and fair is my understanding. In this and many cases, Henderson is appointed as arbitrator, but sides mostly with the NFL. He should be taking into account both sides of the argument, but doesn’t happen.

  10. When people say this is just like Brady we’ve seen this before…. they fail to realize that this is not about whether or not he abused her it’s about whether he received fair due process. Arbitration has guidelines it’s must meet in order to be deemed fair. He has not had a chance to question his accuser that brought this allegation about and that is not deemed fair due process.

  11. laserw says:
    September 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm
    It is illogical for the judge to rule this way – this NFL system is not a legal proceeding and therefore issuing this statement about imposing legal standards on the proceedings is bogus….
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    As an attorney, HAHAHAHA!

  12. zontalsan says:
    September 8, 2017 at 7:13 pm
    BFD! He didn’t make any difference against NY last year LOL

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    I mean he did have over 100 yards in the second game….

  13. If any of you lunkheads bothered to read and/or listen to the analysis of the arbitration, you’d know this was the only possible outcome of the appeal. Zeke may still wind up serving his suspension, but not because of this joke of a proceding the judge rightly voided.

  14. holyfrickinwah says:

    Texan Republicans now have 1 reason to like Obama…
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    I wouldn’t go that far.

  15. This means any decision made by the NFL in terms of signed and agreed to can be challenged by players in the public court of law. It’s an outrage that liberal judges can decide to overturn policies, hearings and anything else player want to challenge. I hope the NFL fights this all the way.

  16. It’s a Great Day for Every Football Fan!
    When they come after Your team, (and if things keep going the way they have been, They Will) you’ll see the importance of this.
    Strangely, a lot of people don’t seem to understand that.
    Fortunately, most people do!
    So Hats Off to those who have been paying attention, and have a Great Season!

  17. guyjuneguyjune says:
    September 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    This means any decision made by the NFL in terms of signed and agreed to can be challenged by players in the public court of law. It’s an outrage that liberal judges can decide to overturn policies, hearings and anything else player want to challenge. I hope the NFL fights this all the way.
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    What do you have against fairness?

  18. Im a Broncos fan, and yes Im a little worried about the starting QB…but I watched the replays of Denver’s back to back Superbowl wins, & i remembered why i trust Elway, so having said that, i look forward to Dallas running Zeke to death,& Denver facing an injury plagued Cowboys team in the Superbowl….& for the record, it doesnt matter what your opinion is, on whether or not Elliot is guilty, that was just a superb railroad job by the NFL…totally unfair. This was the best available decision.

  19. laserw says:
    September 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm
    It is illogical for the judge to rule this way – this NFL system is not a legal proceeding and therefore issuing this statement about imposing legal standards on the proceedings is bogus – the judge should be impeached for exceeding his authority; at no time is this NFL proceeding ever a legal one.

    Just remember, the NFL can increase the time of suspension – just ask the New York Nightmara kicker who just had his case escalated.

    Fire the judge.
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    Ridiculous to suggest there should be no legal standards. The CBA outlines that discipline should be fair and reasonable. Guess what? That’s a legal standard. And it’s exactly what the judge ruled on.

  20. guyjuneguyjune says:
    September 8, 2017 at 7:53 pm
    This means any decision made by the NFL in terms of signed and agreed to can be challenged by players in the public court of law. It’s an outrage that liberal judges can decide to overturn policies, hearings and anything else player want to challenge. I hope the NFL fights this all the way.
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    Riiiggghhhhtttt. Because allowing the NFL to impose discipline in a capricious and biased manner makes perfect sense.

  21. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    September 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    When people say this is just like Brady we’ve seen this before…. they fail to realize that this is not about whether or not he abused her it’s about whether he received fair due process. Arbitration has guidelines it’s must meet in order to be deemed fair. He has not had a chance to question his accuser that brought this allegation about and that is not deemed fair due process.
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    You mean like being able to respond to a completely fabricated report that supposedly proves scientifically that balls were unnaturally deflated? The same report that falls apart if WAnderson isn’t told what gauge he used (which could have been proven one way of the other using the intercepted ball that was conveniently withheld form the analysis). Or the utter failure of the NFL to look at the cell logs Brady provided from the “destroyed” cell even after specifically asking for them? Yeah … fair. Not anything in common with Elliot at all.

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