NFL lays foundation for effort to enforce Elliott suspension in appeals court

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Much will be made of a court filing made Wednesday in the Ezekiel Elliott. Ultimately, it will be much ado about nothing.

The league submitted to Judge Amos L. Mazzant III its last-word brief on the question of whether Mazzant should stay the injunction blocking the suspension pending an appeal of his decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. But unless Judge Mazzant has experienced a road-to-Damascus-style epiphany, he’s not going to say, “Sure, I’ll turn my ruling from last week on its head and allow the NFL to suspend Elliott while the appeals court decides whether my decision to block the suspension should stand.”

The point of the initial ruling was to keep Elliott on the field while his lawsuit proceeds. The point of the motion for a stay is to lay the foundation for an expedited appeal.

Ultimately, that’s the challenge the league now faces: Finding a way to finesse the appeals court to move quickly on the question of whether the ruling delaying the suspension should be reversed.

When a federal judge in New York decided to let Patriots quarterback Tom Brady play pending the litigation arising from the #DeflateGate suspension, the league didn’t pursue an immediate appeal. The eventual win in the appeals court in Brady’s case has emboldened the league to try to get the ruling blocking Elliott’s suspension overturned.

It’s a question that will linger on a week-to-week basis until the Fifth Circuit takes up the question and answers it. Which means that Elliott will continue to play, indefinitely, until the Fifth Circuit issues a decision.

30 responses to “NFL lays foundation for effort to enforce Elliott suspension in appeals court

  1. I realize now the NFL has to do this. They have to take every measure necessary to have this suspension upheld. And the sad thing is, it has nothing to do with serving justice and everything to do with PR.

  2. It’s the NFL’s method to bully the court system. In part of that filing, they wanted the judge to make a decision quickly or else they will go to the appeals court. The NFL and Goodell has let the power of their game to go to their heads. Pretty soon they will think that they are better and above the law or maybe they already believe that.

  3. What should be the next step be for a union that collectively bargained a disciplinary process, but don’t like what they signed up for?
    Bring in the Lawyers…it’s the American way.

  4. They have to sub the request for a Stay before they can submit the request for an expedited appeal, if they want the expedited appeal request to actually be accepted. Ultimately, Elliot deserves the suspension & he will almost 100% certainly serve it. The only real question is will he serve it while the Cowgirls are heading to the playoffs, when it hurts them the most? That would be hilarious, for Dallas to hurt themselves like that! That would be a great punchline to this comedy the players continue to play out, where they act like the victim…while the victim is the person the assaulted.

  5. I find it interesting that, after dragging their feet for over a year, the NFL now – all of a sudden – wants expedited decisions. First the appeal hearing with Harold Henderson last week, then with the original hearing with Mazzant, and now again with their appeal.

  6. I remember when acted like criminals and never got in trouble unless they were put in jail. I for one love what Roger has done to clean up the mess that left by the last 2 or 3 commissioners who turned a blind eye;Roll on Roger.

  7. As unjust as it seems, we all know that somehow the NFL will win this and Elliott will have to serve his suspension. The question is, what happens if the case lingers until the end of the season, and the suspension begins with less than 6 games left in the season? Assuming the Cowboys make the playoffs, does Elliott miss playoff games? That would be the ultimate kick in the crotch to both Elliott and the Cowboys. It still amazes me that Goodell and his cronies somehow turn everything into a clown show with this league

  8. I hope this drags out for much longer than necessary. For no other reason than the league to get a taste of it’s own medicine. Goodell took 1 1/2 years to make a decision, now he expects the justice system to hurry it up.

  9. The nfl made its bed by orchestrating that ridiculous investigation and had another opportunity to right their wrong in the appeals process but just doubled down. Now they’ve been exposed by a federal judge for their flawed process and bias and cannot control their emotions. The rush to expedite the appeal to the 5th circuit and trying to overstep Judge Mazzant, is just another fumble in a long line of turnovers the league office has had in this very long process.

  10. exodus316 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 10:33 am

    John Mara will not rest until Ezekiel Elliot serves the suspension his kicker deserved to serve last year.
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    They made up for that, so all is good. Disregard the fact that they suspended a player that will never be in the league again.

  11. For all of you Goodell and league office sympathizers, Toto has already pulled back the curtain, exposing Professor Marvel as a fraud.

    Nothing they can do will ever have any legitimacy, so long as Goodell is commissioner.

  12. The NFL has become a joke. Great game run by idiots, now in the process of destroying the fiber and culture of the game as key stars in the game are removed from playing so that the idiots can reinforce their “Special place” not in running but ruining the game. “F” it. I will probably follow my team this year but not going to waste my time this year following the league. I have better things to do.

  13. It’s SOP for players now to take their grievances to the courts. The contracts their agents have them sign under NFL rules mean nothing. One can take anyone to court.. The NFL should include a provision that states if a player takes the NFL to court and loses, all NFL legal fees will be refunded by the player to the NFL. Also, 2 games will be added to the original NFL suspension. Player agents and lawyers will think twice about weather they’ll sue.

  14. Love everyone talking about how the NFL screwed up and how Zeke will prevail.

    Same people said the same thing about Brady and I seem to remember him being off his 4 games for sure…

  15. medialovesthecowboys says:
    September 14, 2017 at 9:54 am
    I realize now the NFL has to do this. They have to take every measure necessary to have this suspension upheld. And the sad thing is, it has nothing to do with serving justice and everything to do with PR.
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    At this point, I don’t even think it is PR related. They are likely afraid if they lose, they will never be able to randomly suspend a guy again.

  16. ZIA Boy says:
    September 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Goodell took 1 1/2 years to make a decision, now he expects the justice system to hurry it up.
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    I’m sure it only took about 5 seconds for Goodell to make the decision, and then it took over a year to put the fraud together. He probably didn’t count on such an unreliable accuser though, but he just went ahead and disregarded her altogether.

  17. guyjuneguyjune says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

    It’s SOP for players now to take their grievances to the courts.
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    No more that it is SOP for Roger to suspend players with no evidence of wrongdoing, or to not suspend them when there is evidence of wrongdoing.

  18. truthdispensary says:
    September 14, 2017 at 10:35 am
    They have to sub the request for a Stay before they can submit the request for an expedited appeal, if they want the expedited appeal request to actually be accepted. Ultimately, Elliot deserves the suspension & he will almost 100% certainly serve it. The only real question is will he serve it while the Cowgirls are heading to the playoffs, when it hurts them the most? That would be hilarious, for Dallas to hurt themselves like that! That would be a great punchline to this comedy the players continue to play out, where they act like the victim…while the victim is the person the assaulted.
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    Giants fans don’t get to weigh in on justice being served. Period.

  19. mytor1962 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 10:43 am
    I remember when acted like criminals and never got in trouble unless they were put in jail. I for one love what Roger has done to clean up the mess that left by the last 2 or 3 commissioners who turned a blind eye;Roll on Roger.
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    Now if it could only be done without fabrication we’d be talking.

  20. guyjuneguyjune says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:43 am
    It’s SOP for players now to take their grievances to the courts. The contracts their agents have them sign under NFL rules mean nothing. One can take anyone to court.. The NFL should include a provision that states if a player takes the NFL to court and loses, all NFL legal fees will be refunded by the player to the NFL. Also, 2 games will be added to the original NFL suspension. Player agents and lawyers will think twice about weather they’ll sue.
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    Oye!

    Let’s completely dismiss why they are suing. SMH

    FTR, it wasn’t SOP prior to Goodell.

  21. teal379 says:
    September 14, 2017 at 11:44 am
    Love everyone talking about how the NFL screwed up and how Zeke will prevail.

    Same people said the same thing about Brady and I seem to remember him being off his 4 games for sure…
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    It really doesn’t matter if he prevails or not. It’s highlighting a continual problem in the NFL that needs to get addressed. Be it via strike or otherwise. Rest assured if the players strike over the player discipline policy it will lay at the feet of Goodell and nobody else.

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