NFL expects Ezekiel Elliott decision “soon”

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On Monday, the lingering dispute between the NFL and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to court, in the league’s ongoing effort to start Elliott’s six-game suspension. On Tuesday, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said a decision is expected “soon.”

Lockhart added that the NFL made “very strong arguments” regarding the key issues in the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans; primarily, whether jurisdiction exists in the Texas federal court where the lawsuit was filed and whether Elliott received a fair internal hearing process.

There’s no specific timeline, Lockhart added, for implementing a suspension, if the ruling allows the league to proceed. If the appeals court dismisses the case, Elliott likely would try to block the suspension via the lawsuit filed by the NFL in a federal court in New York, where the league believes a quick victory is coming.

22 responses to “NFL expects Ezekiel Elliott decision “soon”

  1. Hopefully this manufactured scandal wipes out a whole swath of NFL execs and hangers on, just like Deflategate did. The meat grinder is always hungry.

  2. Breaking news: Courts rule in favor of NFL and deny the Texas federal court jurisdiction, and NFL will uphold the suspension, effective immediately. LOL @ Cowboys fans

  3. Lockhart added that the NFL made “very strong arguments”
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    Oh, the former Bill Clinton press secretary who ran John Kerry’s failed campaign.

  4. “My Packers only want a fair and equatable resolution, like right now please.”

    Don’t worry, your Packers can ALWAYS depend on a catch being called incomplete or a no call on an obvious hold to help them.

  5. Lockhart is the the NFL equivalent of Baghdad Bob, he always thinks the NFL makes “very strong arguments” even when the argument is “because we said so” when the league admits it has no evidence.

  6. One thing that I think is being lost about this case is that it is slightly different from Tom Brady’s Deflategate case. In that case, the court found that Roger Goodell’s decision did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness. In Elliott’s case, the NFLPA is arguing that the NFL mandated in the CBA that it would only suspend a player absent an arrest or conviction if it had credible evidence. But, NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson said that he deferred to “the facts of the commissioner,” though he “doesn’t know what those facts are.” On the surface, at least, that doesn’t sound credible or fundamentally fair.

    I’m not saying that the NFLPA will win. But, it’s certainly a point worth arguing.

  7. mikejsmith32 says:
    October 3, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    One thing that I think is being lost about this case is that it is slightly different from Tom Brady’s Deflategate case. In that case, the court found that Roger Goodell’s decision did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness. In Elliott’s case, the NFLPA is arguing that the NFL mandated in the CBA that it would only suspend a player absent an arrest or conviction if it had credible evidence. But, NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson said that he deferred to “the facts of the commissioner,” though he “doesn’t know what those facts are.” On the surface, at least, that doesn’t sound credible or fundamentally fair.

    I’m not saying that the NFLPA will win. But, it’s certainly a point worth arguing.
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    It’s already been established that the evidence was not credible, and that Roger did not have all of the facts, thanks to corrupt Giants superfan Lisa Friel. Not that the NFL ever let facts get in the way of a railroading.

  8. Guilty or not… hope Zeke changes his decision making process soon.

    When you do other things that cause character doubt, you hamper the benefit of the doubt.

  9. My fervent hope is that the legal process takes just as long to unfold as the NFL investigation. That would place the earliest start date for a possible suspension near the beginning of the 2018 season.

    Make no mistake; I think Elliott behaves like a petulant 3-year-old.

    But by insisting on an “emergency” ruling from the court, NFL is behaving like a petulant 2-year-old.

    Advantage Elliott.

  10. weepingjebus says:
    October 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Hopefully this manufactured scandal wipes out a whole swath of NFL execs and hangers on, just like Deflategate did. The meat grinder is always hungry.
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    I’ve heard that the NFL is developing a new educational program called “Where in the World is Mike Kensil?”

  11. Ruling does little to change the fact the appeal was wholly unfair. Whichever way it goes.

    When the players trike over player discipline it won’t be their fault.

  12. Mack is wrong again. There is evidence that Zeke and his lawyers could and did not touch. Victim shaming is not a defense. She did not lie on her interview statement and the pictures proved it. I find it amusing that Pat fans put so much stock in the texts saying the victim is a liar but ignore the damming texts in Deflategate. Must be he’ll inside a Pats fan mind.

  13. Oh, and it is not victim shaming when you release true information that was created by the accuser.

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