Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott ruling a “setback,” but there’s more to come

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found out that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the NFL on Thursday when they ordered the injunction blocking running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension be vacated.

The ruling found that the NFLPA’s filing was premature because it came before the NFL’s arbitration process had run its course, leaving the district court without “subject matter jurisdiction” as a result. The ruling put Elliott’s suspension in place immediately, but Jones didn’t sound like he was resigned to life with Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden in the backfield during a Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan,

“This was a setback yesterday. There’s still more to come,” Jones said.

Jones has long maintained that he doesn’t think Elliott should have been suspended, something he repeated on Friday by saying he doesn’t feel “the suspension was done in a fair way.” The way the suspension was done had nothing to do with the ruling on Thursday, something the NFLPA pointed out, and any attempt to address that aspect will also have to address why it isn’t allowed under the collectively bargained disciplinary system.

The NFL won that fight in the Tom Brady suspension and they’re confident of getting the same result even as Elliott and the Cowboys hope things go the other way.

28 responses to “Jerry Jones: Ezekiel Elliott ruling a “setback,” but there’s more to come

  1. Hate to say it (because I hate it) but the CBA does entirely hand this to the NFL. It doesnt matter if they cant make a case for guilt, the CBA says they dont have to. Any court that reviews the CBA, or even you or I, can see that wording there plain as day. Thats on the NFLPA for ever signing such a thing.

  2. While the process may have been unfair and the NFL handled that poorly, IMO, he still deserves to have consequences for his actions. He needs to grow up and not blame the system for this. His actions are not tolerable in society today. Jerry needs to come to grips with his criminal roster.

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    October 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    This would be a good season to sit him because the iggles have this division wrapped up !

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    Nothing is ever sewn up in week 5. Eagles look awesome though, Wentz is for real!

  4. I’m sure if you switch “Ezekiel Elliott” for “Tom Brady” that Jerry jones’ Opinion would be exactly the same… hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Suck it Jerry. You wanted this when it was Brady. You and the nfl/commish all wanted this. And you got it. Now the legal precedent is set. As was said above, it really doesn’t matter if he is guilty. It doesn’t matter if it was fair. The Commish, with your full support, won a victory in court against Brady that says he can do whatever he wants with regard to suspending players. So take your medicine Jerry. And cross your fingers Zeke doesn’t grope/expose/assault any women during his unsupervised vacation

  5. The outcome of this case will be applied throughout U.S. law.
    If Zeke gets away with this, then employees everywhere can do whatever they want, if it makes their employers look bad publicly, and it results in the firing of the employee, suddenly the employee can sue and demand damages and his job back.
    The end result of all this? Employers will go robotic because employees (like NFL players like Zeke) are not worth the hassle and cost.

  6. amishcowboy says: October 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    There was nothing fair about the entire process
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    You mean, there was nothing fair about Elliott sexually assaulting a woman? Or, him going unpunished by law enforcement because of who he is? Because I couldn’t agree more…

    Ultimately, I can’t help but say “I Told You So” with regard to how the Fifth Circuit would Rule. And, Dallas fans should prepare themselves for 6 games without ‘Zeke’, because New York judges are bound by the same laws that ultimately decided the Bradycheat case. That being, the NFL has the authority to suspend players for Conduct Detrimental to the League & Personal Conduct, and after proper review of all the information, correctly determined that Elliott had acted in a manner that did not meet either of those standards (for anyone that’s not a Cowboys fan or a person that can be paid off by the perp).

  7. Larry Triboletti says:

    October 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    While the process may have been unfair and the NFL handled that poorly, IMO, he still deserves to have consequences for his actions. He needs to grow up and not blame the system for this. His actions are not tolerable in society today. Jerry needs to come to grips with his criminal roster.
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    Before any of this jiberish above can make any kind of sense at all, it has to be determined that Elliot is actually guilty of something. The NFL’s own investigator says Elliot is guilty of NOTHING!

  8. Can anyone explain how Tagliabue didn’t use “Article 46” in the Ray Lewis case or why Goodell didn’t use it in the Mike Vick case, PacMan Jones (even now), or Ray Rice’s situation?

    Why is it only used against innocent people?

    A little suspicious, isn’t it?

  9. “Jones has long maintained that he doesn’t think Elliott should have been suspended, something he repeated on Friday by saying he doesn’t feel “the suspension was done in a fair way.”

    Oh sure, but kneel during the national anthem and you can kiss this week’s paycheck good-bye.

  10. Larry Triboletti says: The NFL’s own investigator says Elliot is guilty of NOTHING!

    Hey, the NFL’s lawyer admitted to the Judge in Brady’s case that they couldn’t prove he deflated footballs and yet, with Jerry Jones’ smiling approval, Brady was suspended. What goes around comes around…

  11. It doesn’t matter what the NFL policy and rules are, any player can just take the issue to the public courts. Litigation after litigation. It doesn’t matter that a rookie or anybody else signs contracts to abide by NFL/team policies….players will just sue. This will cost Elliott plenty of money……millions in litigation fees. His attorney’s may have to sue him for non-payment…to get their money.

  12. The Cowboys are competing with the Weinstein Company for most despicable organization in America. Jones is a surrogate for abusers. Don’t compare Elliott the assaulted to Brady and deflate gate. There is no moral equivolence.

  13. clintonite44 says:
    October 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    Larry Triboletti says:

    October 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    While the process may have been unfair and the NFL handled that poorly, IMO, he still deserves to have consequences for his actions. He needs to grow up and not blame the system for this. His actions are not tolerable in society today. Jerry needs to come to grips with his criminal roster.
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    Before any of this jiberish above can make any kind of sense at all, it has to be determined that Elliot is actually guilty of something. The NFL’s own investigator says Elliot is guilty of NOTHING!

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    How so? The NFL did not prove that a human even tampered with the footballs in Brady’s case….and if they did, they would also have to admit that someone tampered with the Colts balls as well. You still don’t get it. Goodell does not need any proof of anything to penalize any player for any reason Goodell sees fit. And the courts upheld this position based on the current CBA agreement.

  14. The KEY MOMENT from the Brady case:
    Judge Berman: “What evidence…on January 18?”
    NFL lawyer Nash: “No, not for that specific game.”
    Judge Berman: “The Wells report relates to only one game. There is no finding in this case that there was anything done by Mr. Brady.”

    So Nash appeals, not on Brady’s guilt, but on the Commissioner’s CBA rights to suspend as he sees fit. And won, and then the NFL claimed this proved they were right to suspend Brady. All because Brady merely offered his phone logs instead of handing over his phone – and Jerrah loved it!

    But Jerrah, Zeke didn’t hand over his phone either (because the CBA keeps player phones private) – Zeke merely offered his phone logs, so surely that makes Zeke guilty right?

  15. Not sure why anyone is surprised. This was always just a delay tactic, said from the beginning they should of just ate the 6 games and took them from the beginning, they’d of had a similar record anyway. now they face playing Dallas/Philly/KC and Atlanta without him, when he should of just been getting back

    Brady had better lawyers, more money, more recognition, and did NOT have precedent in another case going against him. Elliot was always going to be suspended, he was always going to get 6 games

    Players understandably don’t like it, but they wanted it. They wanted an extra percentage point of league income, and they got it. This is what they gave up for it. If they want to blame anyone, blame the people in charge of the NFLPA that didn’t explain that, and let them vote for this awful deal…..but hey, they got a few extra bucks

  16. People can continue to sleep on the cowboys if they want to but they need to look up Dak Prescott while playing for Mississippi state! Adversity has a way of making folks stronger and that much more determined to prove the doubters wrong The season is not over yet! Go! Cowboys!

  17. I read the article 46 in its entirety. If the fairness of the process is in question, there isn’t any mention in said article that the process must be fair. However, I’d imagine that would be implied. Goodell has the power to do a lot of things, but the article doesn’t say he can do whatever he wants. If the investigation is just a horse and pony show to keep the look of fairness, then Elliot may have an argument. Goodell will probably win, but at the next CBA a truly independent process should be adopted.

  18. If Elliot is suspended even1 game he is branded as a woman abuser.the lost pay for suspension plus the career loss of endorsements will enable a lawsuit or lawsuits up to a couple hundred mill.the can will not count for anything for the NFL in a civil suit, it would be decided on the evidence.

  19. Larry Triboletti says:
    October 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    While the process may have been unfair and the NFL handled that poorly, IMO, he still deserves to have consequences for his actions. He needs to grow up and not blame the system for this. His actions are not tolerable in society today. Jerry needs to come to grips with his criminal roster.

    >>> Consequences for which actions again? The “actions” that the legal system declined to pursue?

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