Report: Ezekiel Elliott’s camp, NFL have discussed settlement to case

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With Ezekiel Elliott suspended, un-suspended, suspended and un-suspended yet again, there may finally be an ability to find common ground for representatives of Elliott and the NFL to reach a settlement in the ongoing legal saga over his playing status.

According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, Elliott’s camp and the NFL have discussed potential settlements of the case. The recent motion granting a temporary restraining order puts the case in a state of limbo.

Elliott is again eligible to play this week for Dallas against the San Francisco 49ers after the TRO was issued by a New York district court on Tuesday.

As the suspension has been applied and halted at various points, each side could claim the higher ground in the case and, therefore, have little incentive to reach a settlement. With the TRO in place until Oct. 30, or until Judge Katherine Polk Failla returns to the bench to hear new arguments (she was on vacation and the TRO hearing was handled by another judge), there is a lull in activity that could spur more substantial discussions surrounding a settlement that could reduce the number of games of Elliott’s suspension and allow the NFL to keep a stranglehold on Roger Goodell’s ability to impose discipline as he sees fit.

For now, Elliott remains in uniform for the Cowboys.

60 responses to “Report: Ezekiel Elliott’s camp, NFL have discussed settlement to case

  1. This case can reach the Supreme Court, which is not what Goodell wants because the Supreme Court may rule that he has no power to punish players simply because they have been accused. He would like a face saving way out of this case before it reaches the highest court.

  2. If the NFL removed the references to domestic violence, given that they are relying solely on the shady testimony of his accuser, then they could reduce the suspension accordingly to 2 games and base it around other personal conduct issues where there is proof (e.g. camera footage where he pulled the girl’s top up). Elliott loses the ‘abuser’ tag, and the NFL saves face (a little) by still enforcing a suspension albeit for lesser offences.

  3. There is absolutely NO WAY a settlement will be reached. With the stigma of “woman abuser”, any 2nd claim would mean banishment from the league. And the NFL has already shown in this incident that they can ignore exculpatory evidence.

    Thanks, but no thanks…

  4. If I’m Zeke Elliott’s team, a settlement would have to satisfy nearly all terms. Elliott would win this in federal court. It’s clear that fundamental fairness didn’t occur with the league’s decision. Brady and Elliott = apples and oranges

  5. Don’t do it Zeke, if it means you will have the stigma of being an abuser!! A game for being stupid is something I’d agree to…..

  6. limakey says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:12 am

    For this to work, Zeke will have to take responsibility and apologize to his victim. Not happening.
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    Of course it won’t, because it is her and the NFL that owe Elliott an apology.

  7. So….. Now the NFL is willing to talk “settlement”?!(haha) If I was ZEKE I would be “all-in” at this point. The only settlement I would take is 0 games and a clear name otherwise I am going to court where I could simply win by trying to prove the league’s arbitration process is a joke and not fair. If the arbitration process was fair that should’ve been the time to settle.

  8. Maybe the courts can intervene by hiring an independent arbitrator, who will actually look at all evidence on both sides. It would be a lot better than that sham of a arbitration hearing by Harold Henderson.

  9. wvucolumbus says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:16 am
    If I’m Zeke Elliott’s team, a settlement would have to satisfy nearly all terms. Elliott would win this in federal court. It’s clear that fundamental fairness didn’t occur with the league’s decision. Brady and Elliott = apples and oranges

    100% WRONG In the Brady case the Judges said the merit of Brady’s guilt or innocence was irrelevant, It was as is in the Elliot case about the CBA and the NFLPA allowing complete and final say in all disciplanary matters.
    For the record: Domestic Violence >>> .02 air pressure

  10. wvucolumbus says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:16 am
    If I’m Zeke Elliott’s team, a settlement would have to satisfy nearly all terms. Elliott would win this in federal court. It’s clear that fundamental fairness didn’t occur with the league’s decision. Brady and Elliott = apples and oranges

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    You are correct on apples/oranges. In Brady’s case there is no evidence an actual infraction even took place. In Elliot’s there is a woman with some serious injuries. Did Elliott cause them….who knows. But pulling down a woman’s shirt in public didn’t help his cause

  11. So, the NFL is negotiating with abusers now?

    That’s the only way you could interpret this because I’m sure they wouldn’t knowingly suspend a guy 6 games without adequate proof.

  12. He will sit for the first half of 12 games.

    Hey, they do that some of thing in college.

    (If Zeke, like Brady, either didn’t do it or plans to stick with his guns forever and deny he did it, he will not give in.)

  13. Fans hate this, it detracts from the play on the field, and both sides look dumb. Fine him heavily and give him 2 games. Frankly the NFL has way more to lose if the case goes elliots way, why risk setting a precedent?

  14. So he admits his guilt … but wants a reduced sentence. Looks like all the fanboys screaming he was innocent just got proven wrong. Whaaaaa … whaaaaa … cry Dallas cry.

  15. Accepting any type of punishment is an admission of guilt,the investigation was a mess from the beginning,I wonder what changed the NFl to want an settlement??…Maybe because of all the holes in their investigation,and now they have a judge in their own backyard that is willing to at least review this mess..looks to me the NFL is getting nervous

  16. No way unless its complete removal of suspension…Elliott already said he cares more about the insinuation that he is a domestic abuser then number of games. He won’t settle for a single game if it means the NFL says he hit that girl.

  17. You know, I figured he’d be there when Seattle goes to Dallas in Week 16, but the longer he drags this out the more it looks like he’ll be riding the pine.

  18. x101100111001111x says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:07 am
    What company allows their unionized workers to determine their own punishments when breaking company rules?
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    What company railroads it’s employees with sham investigations and process?

  19. redlikethepig says:
    October 19, 2017 at 8:55 am

    So he admits his guilt … but wants a reduced sentence. Looks like all the fanboys screaming he was innocent just got proven wrong. Whaaaaa … whaaaaa … cry Dallas cry.
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    Wat?

  20. Accepting any type of punishment is an admission of guilt,the investigation was a mess from the beginning,I wonder what changed the NFl to want an settlement??…Maybe because of all the holes in their investigation,and now they have a judge in their own backyard that is willing to at least review this mess..looks to me the NFL is getting nervous
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    Agree. There is really no other way to look at the settlement. With Brady, the league was willing to settle if he threw the ball boys under the bus and admitted someone was guilty of something. That was a non-starter with Brady and obviously the stigma attached to any guilt was nothing compared to the sigma of domestic abuse. Zeke should not settle with anything less then the NFL walking back its accusations.

  21. JJ412 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 9:52 am
    x101100111001111x says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:07 am
    What company allows their unionized workers to determine their own punishments when breaking company rules?
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    What company railroads it’s employees with sham investigations and process?

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    Didn’t the players union vote to approve this process during the last CBA?

  22. This would be worse than the Brady case if Elliott settles and admits he beat Tiffany Thompson. All it would do is enable Goodell to keep cheating with certain owners who want it done.

  23. The NFL, as usual, waits too long to do the right thing after doing the wrong thing from early in the process. NOW they want to propose a settlement, only days before a judge determines the outcome? Sounds to me like the NFL is realizing their less than astute decisions and the very good possibility they lose this one.

    Too late to settle now, Goodell. Take your medicine and move on. Zeke isn’t going to give up the fight, and he shouldn’t for numerous reasons. Goodell and the NFL chose this fight – Zeke is prepared to finish it. Anything less than 0 games suspended and clearing his name is unacceptable.

  24. Ky Li says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:18 am
    Remember Zeke…. settlement=admission of guilt

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    Exactly. He’s crazy especially considering the serious nature of what Goodell and the owners are saddling him with here.

    As preposterous as it was they tried to frame Brady for .05 of a PSI in a football to try to say Brady needs it below 11.5 to be a great QB, it’s as preposterous for Elliott to cave with a more serious criminal charge that will follow him the rest of his life.

  25. Agree. There is really no other way to look at the settlement. With Brady, the league was willing to settle if he threw the ball boys under the bus and admitted someone was guilty of something. That was a non-starter with Brady and obviously the stigma attached to any guilt was nothing compared to the sigma of domestic abuse. Zeke should not settle with anything less then the NFL walking back its accusations.

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    Well, agree, but Brady knew nothing happened and it was a framejob, as did every other educated American who saw right through the cheating by Goodell.

  26. JJ412 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 9:52 am
    x101100111001111x says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:07 am
    What company allows their unionized workers to determine their own punishments when breaking company rules?
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    What company railroads it’s employees with sham investigations and process?

    3 0 Rate This

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    Companies that put too much stock in greed and appeasing those with more money on the table than others.

    Happened to GM.

    It happens.

    I am still laughing at those who believe Goodell. Then again, those people are seriously lacking in education.

  27. I’m guessing the NFL is asking for a 4 game suspension and Zeke’s camp wants 2 games. They’ll meet in the middle at 3 games and call it a day. Hopefully. The NFL has much bigger issues that they need to focus on, like I don’t know, maybe their constant declining ratings!!!

  28. bobthebillsfan says:
    October 19, 2017 at 9:44 am
    Why hasn’t Roger Goodell been suspended for conduct detrimental to the league?

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    Mainly because they would have to admit Goodell’s bosses (the owners involved in this kind of cheating and consumer fraud), would be liable in the corruption.

    We’re talking FBI kind of investigation and the destruction of the NFL here.

    You don’t want the FBI breathing down your neck. If they quietly fired him and just brought on a new commissioner, it would likely go away, but they’re so used to getting what they want, as silver-spooned second generation daddy’s boys owners, they can’t even see straight.

    It’s incredibly hard for me or you, the average Joe, to relate to this lifestyle and set of behaviors.

  29. I really hope this back and forth continues until after XMas. Then be forced to sit 6 games.
    That would take Elliot out of the playoffs, that is of course if Dallas qualifies.
    That would teach the Joneses to drag their feet. You know damned well Jerry Jones is behind these TRO’s 100%.

  30. 2 things. First, If I were in Goodell’s shoes I would issue a new suspension for the shirt pull-down incident. Second, if this case does go to the Supreme Court, the United States of America as our founding fathers envisioned it is dead.

  31. 2 things. First, If I were in Goodell’s shoes I would issue a new suspension for the shirt pull-down incident. Second, if this case does go to the Supreme Court, the United States of America as our founding fathers envisioned it is dead.
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    It died years ago, as politicians are more interested in party agendas than the welfare of the people they serve.

  32. it amazes me how people can be just disgusted with acts like harvey weinstien, ray rice, ben rothlisberger, etc. but when its the star player for the cowboys… no harm no foul. hey, he paid her off… so obviously she is shady and he did nothing wrong. nothing to see here. oh wait, he has been accused multiple times. well, they were lying too. he is a scumbag who beats women with no remorse and will do it again since everyone stands behind his behavior. If i did something like this, i would lose my job. if i have a felony on my record, i cant even get a job. but felons, rapists, murderers, gang members, and wife beaters can make millions of dollars in the NFL. Hey NFL owners, want to help your ratings, get the scumbags out of your organizations.

  33. omeimontis says:
    October 19, 2017 at 3:01 am

    This case can reach the Supreme Court, which is not what Goodell wants because the Supreme Court may rule that he has no power to punish players simply because they have been accused. He would like a face saving way out of this case before it reaches the highest court.
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    Ehhhhhhh…I don’t think they’re against a supreme court ruling. Goodell and his cronies might look like they’re trying to pursue this to the fullest extent of the law but that’s what they want you to think. Their real motivation is money, and Zeke on the field means more of it in their pockets.

  34. sortssux says:
    October 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Didn’t the players union vote to approve this process during the last CBA?
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    Nope. Why would anyone vote to be treated unfairly?

  35. aarons444 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 11:27 am
    2 things. First, If I were in Goodell’s shoes I would issue a new suspension for the shirt pull-down incident. Second, if this case does go to the Supreme Court, the United States of America as our founding fathers envisioned it is dead.
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    It died years ago, as politicians are more interested in party agendas than the welfare of the people they serve.
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    More people need to realize politicians don’t care about them or the country. They care about their own star rising. Think about it, lets say we start treating the presidency as the office of civil servant that it should rightfully be. I mean no cameras, no publicity, no kickbacks (you know they’re happening everyday.) How many people would still want the job? Hillary wouldn’t have ran. She’s never met a camera she didn’t love. And the same goes for Twitterfingers currently in office now.

  36. objectivefootballfan says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Trust me, there will be no settlement. The NFL wants Zeke to serve the entire 6 games. No more and no less!!
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    Sorry man, I’m not going to trust you because you’re only half right. The NFL would have you THINK that’s what they want. I see you’re drinking the Kool-Aid. Truth is, Zeke on the field means more money in their pockets. So what do you think they REALLY want? Zeke isn’t going to miss a game this year, and that’s perfectly fin with Goodell and Co.

  37. Mainly because they would have to admit Goodell’s bosses (the owners involved in this kind of cheating and consumer fraud), would be liable in the corruption.

    We’re talking FBI kind of investigation and the destruction of the NFL here.

    You don’t want the FBI breathing down your neck. If they quietly fired him and just brought on a new commissioner, it would likely go away, but they’re so used to getting what they want, as silver-spooned second generation daddy’s boys owners, they can’t even see straight.
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    The Legacy owners are the minority now.

    Hunts
    Rooneys
    Mara
    Brown
    Irsay
    Spanos
    Davis
    York (DeBartolo)
    Glazers
    .. the Titans and Saints are in flux.

    Of that list, Davis and Spanos are powerless. Spanos is a joke. Either of those guys would get kneecapped if they ever dared go against Jones or Kraft on a serious League issue. I doubt a group of owners would take Jed York seriously either. Everyone knows his uncle was the reason that team still has any credibility.

    .. anyway, my point being; You use words like “corruption”, “FBI investigation…… If you think a group of Billionaires would stand for that, please share what you’re smoking. There isn’t a chance in hell they’d allow their interests to be represented that way.

    Your post is just to further the delusion that there’s some conspiracy at work here.

    Do you really believe your team owner would sit quielty by and allow that? Honestly?!

  38. wvucolumbus says:
    October 19, 2017 at 7:16 am
    If I’m Zeke Elliott’s team, a settlement would have to satisfy nearly all terms. Elliott would win this in federal court. It’s clear that fundamental fairness didn’t occur with the league’s decision. Brady and Elliott = apples and oranges
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    Not according to the NFL. Their primary legal argument is the same, that the doctrine of fundamental fairness does not apply. If you bothered to actually check that is precisely the point that carried the day for the NFL in the Brady case. By bringing up ‘fundamental fairness’ you are actually making an apples to apples comparison. In an objective sense, which does not apply here, you are correct that Elliott/Brady is apples/oranges. The NFL admitted in court there was no evidence implicating Brady and the witness statements were for not against him, there is both evidence against Elliott and a victim statement. The evidence and statement may not be credible but at least they do exist.

  39. Actually, the Commissioner does have the power to do this. He does not need a burden of proof equal to what would be a legal standard. His authority in matters like this pertains to the CBA and the NFL’s personal conduct policy. This is not a legal standard/threshold.

    There will not be a settlement because that would set a precedent that would be detrimental to the authority of the Commissioner to enforce discipline.

    And as there is no legal issue here, Elliott and the NFLPA ought to be sanctioned by the courts for bringing legal actions that bear no weight on true legal questions so as to free the courts to deal with serious matters of law.

  40. Not going to happen. The NFLPA and Elliot’s legal team already said they are not interested in any kind of settlement. This is about clearing his name not clearing the suspension.

  41. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Not according to the NFL. Their primary legal argument is the same, that the doctrine of fundamental fairness does not apply.
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    Why does the NFL think that fairness doesn’t apply in an arbitration hearing? Why even go through the charade of an appeal if that is what they believe?

    Three Federal judges now have proven the NFL wrong on this point, so you think they would get it right by now.

  42. a1b24948 says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Actually, the Commissioner does have the power to do this. He does not need a burden of proof equal to what would be a legal standard. His authority in matters like this pertains to the CBA and the NFL’s personal conduct policy. This is not a legal standard/threshold.

    There will not be a settlement because that would set a precedent that would be detrimental to the authority of the Commissioner to enforce discipline.

    And as there is no legal issue here, Elliott and the NFLPA ought to be sanctioned by the courts for bringing legal actions that bear no weight on true legal questions so as to free the courts to deal with serious matters of law.
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    Of course there is a legal issue here.

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