Ezekiel Elliott on legal victory: I finally get a fair trial; I finally get a chance to prove my innocence

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Ezekiel Elliott might have a hard time picking the best victory he’s had the past 48 hours. Was it Judge Amos L. Mazzant III’s decision in Elliott’s favor on Friday, granting him a temporary restraining order? Or was it Sunday night when he had 29 touches for 140 yards in the Cowboys’ 19-3 victory over the Giants?

“It just feels good to be out here,” Elliott said, speaking for the first time since the team’s minicamp in June. “It’s definitely been a tough last 14 months, and at times, it’s gotten so hard you start to lose faith. But just being able to come in and be with these boys every day has kept me focused and made me not give up. I keep going.”

Elliott, 22, admitted he doesn’t know how long he will remain in the lineup, with other courtrooms and other hearings sure to come, but the Giants wish he wasn’t there Sunday. Elliott had 24 carries for 104 yards and five catches for 36 yards.

“It is what it is,” Elliott said of his battle with the NFL. “I’ve kind of just stopped worrying about it because it’s really out of my hands at this point. I’m just really focused right now at being the running back I need to be for this team to be successful so we can accomplish what we want to. Just the main focus and keep playing at a high level.”

The NFL investigated the Cowboys star running back for more than a year after an ex girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence before Commissioner Roger Goodell handed Elliott a six-game suspension. Elliott admitted “the whole situation has been a distraction.”

“Just kind of your name being dragged through the mud,” Elliott said. “I mean, it’s been 14 months just kind of being associated with that. That’s tough.”

Elliott characterized his legal victory Friday as relief.

“Just relieved from the fact that I finally get a fair trial,” Elliott said. “I finally get a chance to prove my innocence. And I’m just happy I’m able to be with these guys for as long as it’s permitted and just not having to miss time and not being away from them.”

16 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott on legal victory: I finally get a fair trial; I finally get a chance to prove my innocence

  1. He can prove his innocence all he wants…it will only do more damage, which is why they suspended him in the first place. The time of paying to make these things go away with no consequences is over.

  2. RussianBreadMaker says:
    September 11, 2017 at 7:16 am
    Doesn’t seem like a fair trial when the defendant has a billionaire in their corner.

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    Uhh, against 31 other billionaires? C’mon now.

  3. The player union agreed to let Goodell be judge, jury and executioner. If you honestly think he is going to get off his suspension, please go back and read two years of Deflategate legal rulings. Brady was also innocent, facts were also discredited and he served his suspension like a man and stuck it to Goodell by accepting the Lombardi trophy from that clown.

  4. thrifty says:

    Even if he’s found “not guilty,” that does not mean he’s “innocent.”
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    The accusers text messages mean he’s innocent.

  5. Hahahahahahahahahahaha…So did Brady and the Judge ruled there was ZERO evidence there was ANY rules violations….How did that work out for him???? Your head is next in the guillotine thanks in part by your Boss Jerry Jones.

  6. badrapp says:
    September 11, 2017 at 7:50 am

    The player union agreed to let Goodell be judge, jury and executioner.
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    Then Roger shouldn’t have sat this one out.

    The NFL isn’t going to get away with lying, suppressing evidence/testimony, and denying Elliott access to witnesses/testimony for his appeal.

    They didn’t get away with it last time, until they were saved by two highly suspicious judges.

  7. badrapp says:
    September 11, 2017 at 7:50 am
    The player union agreed to let Goodell be judge, jury and executioner
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    Even if a single person is all 3 of those things there are still legal fundamental requirements on how they behave, rule, and issue judgement. Example…in a criminal trial for misdemeanor theft a judge can’t simply sentence the defender to a sentence that equates to felony theft. The judge can’t offer instructions that violate the law.

    People don’t seem to realize that arbitration is still a legal procedure that is still governed by law. For example you can’t lie under oath in arbitration else you risk being charged with perjury. So regardless of what agreement the union has there are still legal rules that dictate how arbitration should be ran. And the Brady case can’t really be used as proof the NFL was right any more than players can use Brady’s initial court victory that they’re in the right for the simple fact that Brady decided himself to not pursue the matter further even though he could have. The NFL has precedence from Brady’s case at the district level but Elliot may decide to take his case beyond that if he loses.

  8. Zeke got a fair hearing. A judge will nail him and the NFLPA for victim shaming. Kessler will again have the smug look ripped of his face and Zeke will sit his 6 games and carry the title he has earned, abuser.

  9. Zek clearly doesn’t understand how this process works. He will not get a trial on the merits. He will not get to ‘prove’ his innocence. He MAY get to attack whether the process was fair, but that is all. No evidence of guilt or innocence will be presented by either party.

  10. Seems like just yesterday that Cowboys fans, and others, were demanding that Tom Brady “stop whining and just take the punishment.” And we all know Jerry Jones was in that camp too. And now the shoe is on the other foot. Lmao. Just lmao. Tell you what though, how’d that turn out for the Pats? Oh yeah, Brady had an MVP caliber season, and not only won the Super Bowl and SB MVP, but did it in a historic fashion that none of us will ever forget in our lifetimes. Still lmao. Still just lmao.

  11. In case the people who keep citing, over and over, that Goodell is judge/jury/executioner, its all based on the premise that there is an arbitrarily fair ruling being made. The injunction was put in place because the Texas judge clearly believed that a fair ruling had not been made, and now the NFL has to actually prove that they were being fair.

    Too much info is out. They weren’t. Zeke won. And rightly so, because he’s innocent.

    Also LMAO @ Brady taking it like a man.. he fought that thing for almost 2 years before he “took it like a man”. Zeke probably will too, because over those 2 years we learned Brady was innocent, and thats what matters to these people – public image. I’d imagine it matters a whole lot more for Zeke than Brady.

  12. RussianBreadMaker says:
    September 11, 2017 at 7:16 am
    Doesn’t seem like a fair trial when the defendant has a billionaire in their corner.

    As opposed to the NFL that has 31 other billionaires in their corner!

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