NFL will file for expedited appeal in Ezekiel Elliott case

AP

The NFL filed an appeal of the preliminary injunction blocking Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension on Monday and that won’t be their only legal maneuver.

A league source tells PFT that the league will also request an expedited appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, although there’s no way to know if that will make a significant difference in how quickly the case is heard. The average time from notice of appeal to decision in the Fifth Circuit averages over eight months and an expedited appeal in the Tom Brady case still took sixth months.

The league will also file a motion asking for a stay of the case to block any further action being taken by District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant III pending the appeal at some point in the next 24 hours.

The league wants things to move toward a conclusion, preferably the same one they got in the Brady case, as quickly as possible although it remains to be seen if that’s how things will go in the coming days, weeks and/or months.

41 responses to “NFL will file for expedited appeal in Ezekiel Elliott case

  1. “The league will also request an expedited appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit”

    Because there aren’t any more pressing matters going on in our courts?

  2. They’ll win in the end, just like they suspended the greatest QB of all time with precisely ZERO evidence against him.

  3. Why, what’s the hurry? Just let it play out in the legal system… it’s not like the NFL will suffer any harm if it takes a few months. To me, all the rush just shows that this is personal for Goodell (and possibly Mara).

  4. This is an NFL matter why all these appeals and court cases and judges etc??!! If the NFL suspends you then you are suspended!! PERIOD !!! If you beat a woman and also pulled a womans shirt down amongst all the other nonsense then take the suspension. If you lost your appeal then that should be it !!! This is becomin g a joke !!!

  5. Hmm, the NFL is looking more and more like they don’t even care about the legal process. They want what they want.

  6. finzfan49 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:18 am
    This is an NFL matter why all these appeals and court cases and judges etc??!! If the NFL suspends you then you are suspended!! PERIOD !!! If you beat a woman and also pulled a womans shirt down amongst all the other nonsense then take the suspension. If you lost your appeal then that should be it !!! This is becomin g a joke !!!

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    A federal judge apparently disagrees with you.

  7. There is zero legal basis for granting an expedited appeal. What irreparable harm will occur to the NFL if the case goes through the normal appeals process?. None at all.

    Which begs the question of what harm is the NFL trying to prevent by suspending Elliott in the first place?

  8. Elliot will lose. I have said and will continue to keep saying, that with the current collective bargaining agreement, there is no fair due process. This case is simply NO different than the Brady case. Just because one is and the other isn’t football related, it makes no difference. The NFLPA gave all the power to the front office, and they have every right to do as they please, until a new agreement/strike is proposed.

  9. leftlaneisforpassingonly says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Hmm, the NFL is looking more and more like they don’t even care about the legal process. They want what they want.
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    I actually think it’s the NFLPA that don’t care about the legal process. They, with the players consent, gave the NFL and Goodell God like power to rule as they choose. They got concessions from the NFL to allow the NFL to have that power. Now that they aren’t getting their way they whine and cry to Momma Government.

  10. Just a thought after all the injuries this week….What if Elliot gets hurt? Can he use that time as the suspension?

  11. I will Die Laughing when Zeke is suspended towards the end of year when they need him most … or even better the Post season . The kids should of just taking his suspenion and a life lession . Instead the cowboys tell him dont worry just like in collge you can do what you want and not worry about it

  12. finzfan49- “This is an NFL matter why all these appeals and court cases and judges etc ??!!

    How much of a simpleton do you have to be to not understand that the courts exist to address controversies between all people and entities, including corporations and individual employees? The NFL is not some independent fiefdom.

  13. We are the NFL and though we took 13 months to close an investigation we really, really, really want you to drop everything and expedite our appeal…please, please with sugar on top! NO…any other questions!

  14. NOW all of a sudden they want to move quickly. They took 14 months of “investigating” to ignore everything their investigator found. Then they stonewalled all attempts to have a fair appeal.

    But now, now they want to expedite things. Tell em to pound sand.

  15. This horrible decision to continue this litigation falls squares on Goodel’s shoulders.
    He could have minimized the NFL’s losses and embarrassment, but no they continue to fight.

  16. Judges who’s rulings are overturned on appeal should be fined $10,000 for not getting it right the first time. Also, there should be a counter that tallies the number of overturned decisions, if the tally reaches 10…then they should lose their right to be a judge forever.

  17. finzfan49 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    This is becoming a joke !!!
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    It is becoming a joke, but not for the incorrect reasons you listed.

  18. cardinealsfan20 says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Which begs the question of what harm is the NFL trying to prevent by suspending Elliott in the first place?
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    The harm to their spotless record on domestic violence.

  19. What difference does it really make to the NFL when Elliott serves the suspension (assuming it stands)? He’s a really young player so unless he has some terrible injury, he’s got plenty of productive seasons ahead of him.

    Remember when the NFL front office and Troy Vincent complained it was spending too much time and money in court? Seems laughable now. The only thing the care about is asserting their power to gain leverage on the next CBA.

  20. dezertdawg says:
    September 11, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I actually think it’s the NFLPA that don’t care about the legal process. They, with the players consent, gave the NFL and Goodell God like power to rule as they choose. They got concessions from the NFL to allow the NFL to have that power. Now that they aren’t getting their way they whine and cry to Momma Government.
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    The CBA granted the same power to both Rozelle and Tagliabue. Article 46 has been in place since 1968. The NFLPA haven’t ceded anything new. The only difference in the equation is the commissioner. That’s it.

  21. Why does this nonsense only happen in the NFL and not the other leagues? Take MLB for instance. Rob Manfred seemed more peeved that the Yankees leaked the Apple Watch sign stealing saga to the press than the infraction itself. Contrast with the NFL, the Colts leak the deflategate story to the press and the NFL doubles down leaking their own, FALSE information making the scandal more of a side show.

    such a disgrace that this league cannot handle itself with dignity and integrity.

  22. The NFL stated in its it motion to stay that it will be seeking an expedited appeal. It also represented that, if Mazzant doesn’t rule today, it will be seeking a stay in the 5th Circuit tomorrow. A stay in either court would be an enormous reversal of fortune for Zeke, though a stay issued by Mazzant would be very unlikely.

  23. I think Elliot has a chance in court… Brady’s case was about cheating and effecting the outcome of games… something the NFL has total control over. With Elliot the problem I see is that the prosecutors didn’t have a strong enough case against Zeke to convict him of domestic violence so he isn’t labeled as such. How is the NFL allowed to come in and label him an abuser? That will stick with Zeke for life… if a court/prosecutor didn’t convict him how can the NFL? Couldn’t Zeke file some kind of deformation of character lawsuit if the NFL single handedly labels him an abuser?

  24. I’m not saying the outcome will be different, but why do people keep referring to the Brady case with this? The circumstances and facts in this case are RADICALLY different than those in the Brady one, so it isn’t as if the Brady ruling has direct application and precedence here (some influence, to be sure, but not full).

  25. jj says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    I think Elliot has a chance in court… Brady’s case was about cheating and effecting the outcome of games… something the NFL has total control over. With Elliot the problem I see is that the prosecutors didn’t have a strong enough case against Zeke to convict him of domestic violence so he isn’t labeled as such. How is the NFL allowed to come in and label him an abuser? That will stick with Zeke for life… if a court/prosecutor didn’t convict him how can the NFL? Couldn’t Zeke file some kind of deformation of character lawsuit if the NFL single handedly labels him an abuser?

    Except the cheating was BY the NFL.

  26. jj says:
    September 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    I think Elliot has a chance in court… Brady’s case was about cheating and effecting the outcome of games… something the NFL has total control over. With Elliot the problem I see is that the prosecutors didn’t have a strong enough case against Zeke to convict him of domestic violence so he isn’t labeled as such. How is the NFL allowed to come in and label him an abuser? That will stick with Zeke for life… if a court/prosecutor didn’t convict him how can the NFL? Couldn’t Zeke file some kind of deformation of character lawsuit if the NFL single handedly labels him an abuser?
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    The NFL has total control over all player discipline. Ironically what neither player has control over is the fairness of the process. The courts shouldn’t be ruling on anything other than fairness. The debacle with Brady falls under the same umbrella of fairness as well. The court just needs to wake up and realize the players have a right to petition for fairness.

  27. In response to a couple posts above…The courts are ruling on the “fundamental fairness” of the appeals process not the original “infractions.” Same thing in Brady case. These court filings and rulings have nothing to do with deflated balls or domestic violence.

  28. Don’t they have to put a reason why they want an expedited appeal ? “We don’t want him to play football and collect his salary”. The NFL is ridiculous.

  29. truthdispensary says:
    September 11, 2017 at 3:12 pm
    It will be sooooo funny watching Cowgirl fans whine, cry & stomp their feet when the Zeke suspension is upheld by the Courts.
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    Unfortunately not every player plays for a NY team.

  30. So the NFL is very supportive of it’s players protesting against America, yet it wants the American legal system to bail it out. Say what?

  31. For of you who think the union and the players have no power under the CBA:

    Maybe somebody with more time and energy than I have can look this up in all the court filings: is this an Article 46 case or an Article 43? If it’s 46 – commissioner’s discipline for personal conduct detrimental to the game – then Elliott is doomed to fail. But it seems to me it’s a 43: non injury grievance. Otherwise, why would the NFL’s finding and discipline be subject to ANY appeal to an arbitrator at all?

    Since both Elliott and the NFL participated in the arbitration, they both must interpret the CBA to require the arbitration. And unless Article 43 gives an arbitrator a blank check to do anything he/she damn well pleases (which I doubt), arbitration must be neutral and fair or it’s simply not “arbitration.”

    Seems right to ask a court to decide if the grievance and the arbitration was handled in accordance with both explicit and implicit terms of the contract.

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