Elliott judge’s husband works for law firm that helped craft CBA

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On Monday night, Judge Katherine Polk Failla dissolved the temporary restraining order blocking the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott, clearing the way for a six-game banishment. On Tuesday morning, an interesting fact has emerged regarding the person to whom the Elliott case was assigned.

The judicial questionnaire signed by Judge Failla in June 2012 includes this statement and commitment: “My husband is a partner at the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP. I would recuse myself from any cases in which Proskauer Rose is a party or is representing a party.”

Proskauer Rose wasn’t representing the NFL in the Elliott case, but a prominent Proskauer Rose attorney was heavily involved in the negotiation of the labor deal that ultimately was at issue in Elliott’s case.

Bob Batterman, a/k/a “Lockout Bob” (pictured), became a key (and at times notorious) figure in the months and years leading up to the 2011 work stoppage that resulted in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. He presumably continues to consult with the league, as evidenced by his presence at the 2016 NFL annual meeting.

Again, Proskauer Rose wasn’t, and isn’t, actively representing the NFL in this case. However, Canon 2 of the Code of Conduct for United States Judges compels all federal judges to avoid not only impropriety but also the appearance of impropriety. From Canon 2: “An appearance of impropriety occurs when reasonable minds, with knowledge of all the relevant circumstances disclosed by a reasonable inquiry, would conclude that the judge’s honesty, integrity, impartiality, temperament, or fitness to serve as a judge is impaired.”

Would a reasonable mind conclude that Judge Failla’s impartiality is impaired by the past and apparently ongoing business relationship between the NFL and Proskauer Rose, especially when the very document at issue in the case is the document Proskauer Rose helped the NFL craft?

It may seem a bit picky, but consider this: After Judge Richard Berman ruled in favor of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady two years ago, it came to light that Judge Berman was present at a party attended by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and that a person who worked at the same law firm as Judge Berman — from 1970 to 1974 — was serving with Kraft on the 38-member Columbia University Board of Trustees Emeriti.

As potential conflicts of interest go, Judge Failla’s seems much more significant. With a small army of federal judges assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, why not avoid any potential appearance of impropriety and ensure that the case wouldn’t be resolved by the spouse of a lawyer who works for the firm that wrote the CBA?

78 responses to “Elliott judge’s husband works for law firm that helped craft CBA

  1. Non-issue. the NFLPA surely knew this and if they were concerned about it, they could have raised an objection.

  2. and THIS is why I started going on this site a decade ago. Florio’s legal angle on the NFL. so much so that NBC bought him. pretty cool.

    good ol’ NFL playing the bully card again. SMH

  3. Proskauer has thousands of lawyers. If the judge was required to recuse herself from ANY case where ANY party had some tangential relationship to ANY lawyer who worked there, she would never rule on a case.

  4. IIRC, the players voted to approve the CBA, so they tacitly approved of this guy, so they tacitly approved of his wife, so they tacitly approve of this ruling.

  5. I’m not even a cowboys fan but I know the difference between fair and down right abuse of power. Zero evidence he even did anything to this women, he deserves a fair trial to clear his name of this. Or is guilty until proven innocent now!?!?!

  6. abcisezas123 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    Non-issue. the NFLPA surely knew this and if they were concerned about it, they could have raised an objection.
    ===================

    That’s not how these things are done. They let it go pending the ruling. Now that the ruling didn’t go their way, they can raise this issue as cause.

  7. Well this has NOTHING to do with anything. The CBA is very clear, it doesn’t matter if the judge themselves helped write the CBA. It is what it is, and it was agreed to by players. Quit complaining. Maybe instead of complaining about this the fans should complain to zeke about knocking out DJ’s or putting himself in poor positions with women? Ahhhh never mind, if he plays for your team he can do whatever he wants and Roger is the jerk for punishing him lol.

  8. “Does not matter, all that matters is the NFL CBA!!! that’s what people need to realize and understand.”
    _________________

    NFLPA gave Goodell that power in these situations pending a FAIR investigatiin and FAIR appeal hearing. Perhaps you’re the one who needs to understand

  9. What a Faillia. And I am to believe that the judge just sat back and deliberated on the facts of the case as they were presented (and not have some predetermined outcome in mind), then fired off a 24 page decision? What the actual eff?

  10. I am really, truly surprised that a lawyer would try to paint this is a conflict of interest. This is absolutely not a conflict of interest and he knows it. It doesn’t even really look very bad. Just because he works for a law firm that help craft the collective-bargaining agreement, that doesn’t mean he personally had anything to do with it or with any provision under which Elliott was suspended.
    I’m no lawyer, but I simply could not disagree with MF more on this one.

  11. You know how ALL of this could have been prevented? By Easy E not hitting a woman! Now serve your suspension that was negotiated by the CHA your union agreed to. Problem solved!

  12. objectivefootballfan says:

    October 31, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Does not matter, all that matters is the NFL CBA!!! that’s what people need to realize and understand. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, blame the NFLPA for giving Roger all the power!
    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Oh, at some point, in the U.S.A, fairness does matter. I’m sure that the CBA never indicated that the Commissioner could punish someone who has done NOTHING! The CBA may give the power of punishment to the Commish, but surely there must be an infraction or crime of some kind first. Common sense comes into play here at some point.

  13. It doesn’t even really look very bad. Just because he works for a law firm that help craft the collective-bargaining agreement, that doesn’t mean he personally had anything to do with it or with any provision under which Elliott was suspended.
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    Bob Batterman, a/k/a “Lockout Bob” (pictured), became a key (and at times notorious) figure in the months and years leading up to the 2011 work stoppage that resulted in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. He presumably continues to consult with the league, as evidenced by his presence at the 2016 NFL annual meeting.

    Taken directly from the article above. If you only read the headlines that doesn’t make you “informed.”

  14. Why can’t the league office do anything on the up and up? Everything they touch becomes tainted for the dumbest of reasons.

  15. “You know how ALL of this could have been prevented? By Easy E not hitting a woman! Now serve your suspension that was negotiated by the CHA your union agreed to. Problem solved!”
    ________________

    You’re right and according to every investigator and witness he didn’t so…..

  16. I am sure if the judge and her husband were liberals and ruled in favor of zeke this would not have been brought up.

  17. concmike says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    You know how ALL of this could have been prevented? By Easy E not hitting a woman! Now serve your suspension that was negotiated by the CHA your union agreed to. Problem solved!
    —————-
    He didn’t, so done?

  18. I was wondering how long it would take before something like this was brought up. Hey Mike why don’t you list all the truly fair and impartial judges and arbitrator. Apparently you are the only that knows.

  19. sideoutshu says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Proskauer has thousands of lawyers. If the judge was required to recuse herself from ANY case where ANY party had some tangential relationship to ANY lawyer who worked there, she would never rule on a case.
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    It’s not some random lawyer and some random case. Her husband did work for the NFL.

  20. again

    Zeke lifted a shirt of a girl on video. 2g suspension
    Zeke domestic dispute say another 2g suspension (per the CBA the NFL doesn’t need half the evidence to convict. Something the players and the NFLPA agreed too.
    So since this is a second offense he is getting an additional 2g totaling 6g.

    He would get so much more. Take the 6g move on and quit whining. Bring your issues up during the next CBA negotiations.

  21. Noooo.. that’s not a conflict of interest or colluding with the NFL! Absolutely not! No wonder ole Rog likes to keep everything at that court with his buds. To Hell with getting a fair hearing, right? I personally hope the NFL downward spiral accelerates to a point where every owner loses their butts (except Jerry Jones, who has tried to stop Rog’s contract extension & his players do show respect to our country) What a tangled web we weave….

  22. eaglesmancave says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    I am really, truly surprised that a lawyer would try to paint this is a conflict of interest. This is absolutely not a conflict of interest and he knows it. It doesn’t even really look very bad. Just because he works for a law firm that help craft the collective-bargaining agreement, that doesn’t mean he personally had anything to do with it or with any provision under which Elliott was suspended.
    I’m no lawyer, but I simply could not disagree with MF more on this one.

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    Umm, reading comprehension?

    The judicial questionnaire signed by Judge Failla in June 2012 includes this statement and commitment: “My husband is a partner at the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP. I would recuse myself from any cases in which Proskauer Rose is a party or is representing a party.”

    Proskauer Rose wasn’t representing the NFL in the Elliott case, but a prominent Proskauer Rose attorney was heavily involved in the negotiation of the labor deal that ultimately was at issue in Elliott’s case.

  23. Okay…this looks bad, but what can Zeke and the Cowboys do about it? Nothing. The whole situation sucks. Bringing to mind the common saying…life isn’t fair…

  24. Just grasping at straws. Kessler pinned his whole case on Kia Roberts recommendation. No one could possibly believe that her opinions would Trump medical evidence and other witnesses testimony. It was a desperate move and I believe his defense has made it impossible for him to rehab his image. Sponsors won’t touch him now.

  25. eaglesgreen29 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    again

    Zeke lifted a shirt of a girl on video. 2g suspension
    Zeke domestic dispute say another 2g suspension (per the CBA the NFL doesn’t need half the evidence to convict. Something the players and the NFLPA agreed too.
    So since this is a second offense he is getting an additional 2g totaling 6g.
    ————————

    Again what? You were wrong the first time. Posting wrong information again doesn’t change it from being wrong.

  26. There is no conflict of interest whatsoever. This piece is proof that you can make absolutely any suggestion to the Fox News crowd and, as long as it fits one of their conspiracy theories, they will take it as gospel. Sad. Ha!

  27. “Zeke lifted a shirt of a girl on video. 2g suspension
    Zeke domestic dispute say another 2g suspension (per the CBA the NFL doesn’t need half the evidence to convict. Something the players and the NFLPA agreed too.
    So since this is a second offense he is getting an additional 2g totaling 6g”
    ___________________

    So many things wrong in this statement.
    #1 Zeke lifted the top of a girl who wanted him to do it as is obvious in the video when she motions for him to do it then they left together. By your logic the act of raising/removing a girls top when she wants you to is worth a 2 game suspension. Guess every player should redort to abstinence in that case.
    #2 Zeke was never found guilty by the law for domestic assault nor was he thought to be guilty by the NFLs own investigator and the very basis for suspending him was a doctor determining bruise aging from photos which the same doctor who did it said she “can’t disagree” when a doctor Zekes lawyers brought in for appeal hearing said it was impossible to do and not credible. And if this is all thought to be per the CBA then where was Zekes fair investigation and fair appeal hearing that the CBA dictates players recieve?

  28. “… he deserves a fair trial to clear his name of this. Or is guilty until proven innocent now!?!?!”

    It’s a workplace issue … not a court of law.

  29. I was already tired of watching the NFL but now another of the few reasons to watch has been taking away. Just another boring sport anymore!

  30. I’ll take MF’s legal opinion over the oil-changing and tire-rotating legal scholars who post comments on this blog every time.

  31. mmack66 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    sideoutshu says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Proskauer has thousands of lawyers. If the judge was required to recuse herself from ANY case where ANY party had some tangential relationship to ANY lawyer who worked there, she would never rule on a case.
    ————————

    It’s not some random lawyer and some random case. Her husband did work for the NFL.

    —————————-

    Would you care to elaborate on the work John Failla did for the NFL? Seeing that his area of practice is Insurance Recovery and Counseling I’m wondering exactly what this lawyer did for the NFL that was so important that his wife should recuse herself?

    And BTW, she agreed to recuse where her husband’s firm is a party (they are not) or are representing a party (they are not).

    There is no conflict. If you don’t like her ruling that’s one thing, but to suggest impropriety is another.

  32. redlikethepig says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    It’s a workplace issue … not a court of law.
    ———————-

    It’s an NFL issue. No workplace would get away with the blatant fraud that the NFL gets away with.

    If basic fairness can be disregarded, what is the point of allowing an appeal?

  33. Article 46 has been in the CBA since the 1968. I don’t think any of the current players voted for this. Also, the “power” or “ambiguity” of this article hasn’t been abused in its near-40 year history UNTIL Roger Goodell decided/discovered he could warp it to his will.

    So the chuckleheads clucking about “the players agreed” might want to rethink that “solid” argument.

    Source:
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/05/17/commissioners-power-under-article-46-has-been-present-since-the-first-cba/

  34. I don’t understand why the courts don’t recognize that Zeke (and the Cowboys) incur irreparable harm by missing games, and allow a PRELIMINARY injunction, to allow the full process to play out. Thus, Zeke “gets his day in court”, and is able to exhaust his full legal rights afforded to him as an American citizen. If the courts rule in favor of Zeke, then he never gets suspended or labeled a woman beater. If he loses, then he still serves his suspension, but in 2018.
    I don’t see what the big deal is. The NFL is trying to bully their way to a favorable decision, and the court is allowing it to happen. Because denying the PI denies Elliott to play, thus nullifying his rights to contest. What a sham.

  35. This article is curiously silent as to the reality that the NFLPA was aware of the relationship between Judge Failla and Bob Batterman and failed to object to the assignment of the case. This situation is not particularly unusual–despite suggestions to the contrary. As long as the parties are made aware of the relationship, it is up to them to take whatever action they see fit. Elliott and the NFLPA chose not to take any; end of “story.”

  36. ipeefreelyagain says:

    October 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    I don’t understand why the courts don’t recognize that Zeke (and the Cowboys) incur irreparable harm by missing games, and allow a PRELIMINARY injunction, to allow the full process to play out. Thus, Zeke “gets his day in court”, and is able to exhaust his full legal rights afforded to him as an American citizen. If the courts rule in favor of Zeke, then he never gets suspended or labeled a woman beater. If he loses, then he still serves his suspension, but in 2018.

    —–

    To get a stay, you have to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the underlying action. Given the precedent from the Brady case, there is no chance of Elliott prevailing on the underlying action. The Judge addressed the irreparable harm issue in the decision. The only damages Elliott would sustain from denial of the application for a stay (assuming he ultimately prevails) would be monetary damages. The NFL, as a multi-billion dollar enterprise is good for whatever monetary damages Elliott would incur (which again, he won’t, because there is ZERO chance of success on the underlying action).

  37. RegisHawk says:

    October 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    abcisezas123 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    Non-issue. the NFLPA surely knew this and if they were concerned about it, they could have raised an objection.
    ===================

    That’s not how these things are done. They let it go pending the ruling. Now that the ruling didn’t go their way, they can raise this issue as cause.

    ——

    Wrong. If you are requesting a judge recuse herself, you do that before the proceeding. You can’t wait to find out whether you like the decision first.

  38. cboys4life2014 says:

    October 31, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    “Zeke lifted a shirt of a girl on video. 2g suspension
    Zeke domestic dispute say another 2g suspension (per the CBA the NFL doesn’t need half the evidence to convict. Something the players and the NFLPA agreed too.
    So since this is a second offense he is getting an additional 2g totaling 6g”
    ___________________

    So many things wrong in this statement.
    #1 Zeke lifted the top of a girl who wanted him to do it as is obvious in the video when she motions for him to do it then they left together. By your logic the act of raising/removing a girls top when she wants you to is worth a 2 game suspension. Guess every player should redort to abstinence in that case.

    ********regardless if she told him to lift the shirt or not he did it. He is in direct cause of indecent exposure. So nice try on the deflecting his actual crime.

    #2 Zeke was never found guilty by the law for domestic assault nor was he thought to be guilty by the NFLs own investigator and the very basis for suspending him was a doctor determining bruise aging from photos which the same doctor who did it said she “can’t disagree” when a doctor Zekes lawyers brought in for appeal hearing said it was impossible to do and not credible. And if this is all thought to be per the CBA then where was Zekes fair investigation and fair appeal hearing that the CBA dictates players recieve?

    The NFLPA agreed to the current language of the CBA that the NFL does not need the same amount of proof our judicial system requires. But there is medical evidence and other witnesses testimony. So again grabbing at straws.

    Are you only looking at what other people are saying about a fair investigation.

    Here is the CBA in its entirety.

    https://nfllabor.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/collective-bargaining-agreement-2011-2020.pdf

    You stance should be next CBA negotiations, that the CBA should be updated for a fair hearing of players. Until then this is mute.

  39. j0nny13 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    Article 46 has been in the CBA since the 1968. I don’t think any of the current players voted for this. Also, the “power” or “ambiguity” of this article hasn’t been abused in its near-40 year history UNTIL Roger Goodell decided/discovered he could warp it to his will.

    So the chuckleheads clucking about “the players agreed” might want to rethink that “solid” argument.

    ————————————————-

    Hey Chucklehead. The players voted on the ENTIRE CBA in 2011.

    They get to vote on the whole thing, not just changes.

  40. Everyone is questioned or finger pointed at except the guy with very questionable actions. The NFL player way, they have been protected since they were in grade school if a good athlete, time they are held accountable.

  41. Youknowimright says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    So not guilty by law, but guilty by the NFL. I’m not sure how that works.

    ********************
    Not even “not guilty”…..never charged and brought to trial!

  42. redlikethepig says:
    October 31, 2017 at 2:06 pm
    “… he deserves a fair trial to clear his name of this. Or is guilty until proven innocent now!?!?!”

    It’s a workplace issue … not a court of law.

    *************************************************

    And your workplace shouldnt be allowed to tell the world you beat a woman when you’ve never been arrested, charged and convicted of such an offense. No employer should be allowed such latitude to label one of its employees a violent abuser without any kind of criminal or civil judgement, no matter what kind of agreement they have with their employees.

    The NFL was specific in its statement that they are suspending him for beating his girlfriend.

  43. Ok so you people assert that as long as you are not charged, then you are not guilty.

    Tell me then WHY do ALL of you crucify Goodell and President Trump as if they committed some ridiculous crime (maybe they hurt some liberal snowflakes feelings – clearly a crime against liberals [sarcasm]?

    Elliott put himself in a situation which resulted in public embarrassment for his employer. The NFL brand and the Cowboys brand are tarnished due to Elliott’s idiocy. ANY employer in the private sector would fire a guy who did what Elliott did.
    BUT since Elliott is protected by a union, he can get away with whatever he wants and still look like a victim somehow.
    Jonathan Gruber was rights, most Americans ARE stupid, especially those who support Elliott and his tyrannical union.

  44. eaglesmancave says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    I am really, truly surprised that a lawyer would try to paint this is a conflict of interest. This is absolutely not a conflict of interest and he knows it. It doesn’t even really look very bad. Just because he works for a law firm that help craft the collective-bargaining agreement, that doesn’t mean he personally had anything to do with it or with any provision under which Elliott was suspended.
    I’m no lawyer, but I simply could not disagree with MF more on this one.
    ***********************************************
    Well, lets put yourself in Elliot’s situation……your boss is trying to suspend you without pay based on an agreement that your union signed. You assert that you never did what your employer claims you did and that the process for suspending you and docking you 38% of your salary was fundamentally unfair.

    Do you want a judge who has absolutely zero connection to your employer OR are you ok with the fact, that the spouse of the judge hearing your case works for the law firm, that helped your employer craft the agreement that is central to your case?

    If that judge then ruled against you, wouldnt you wonder, even a little if that relationship, no matter how loose it might seem, had an affect on how they ruled?

  45. @eaglesgreen29 says:

    again Zeke lifted a shirt of a girl on video. 2g suspension
    ========================================================================================
    Don’t forget he knocked out a DJ at a club in Uptown. The DJ regained consciousness from the smell of large, green currency and decided not to press charges. Widely known in the metroplex.

  46. dryzzt23 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm
    Ok so you people assert that as long as you are not charged, then you are not guilty.

    Tell me then WHY do ALL of you crucify Goodell and President Trump as if they committed some ridiculous crime (maybe they hurt some liberal snowflakes feelings – clearly a crime against liberals [sarcasm]?

    Elliott put himself in a situation which resulted in public embarrassment for his employer. The NFL brand and the Cowboys brand are tarnished due to Elliott’s idiocy. ANY employer in the private sector would fire a guy who did what Elliott did.
    BUT since Elliott is protected by a union, he can get away with whatever he wants and still look like a victim somehow.
    Jonathan Gruber was rights, most Americans ARE stupid, especially those who support Elliott and his tyrannical union.

    **************************************************************
    Actually, you havent the first clue as to why so many people have an issue with the Elliott case. By your logic, any player in a relationship is “putting himself in situation that could result in public embarrassment”. Sometimes women lie about being abused, not saying she is, but it does happen. Which is the point, nobody knows what happened because there has never been a trial to sort it out. Thats why we have the criminal justice system, to figure these things out.

    Now, here is the problem we have with this case. Every person in this country is afforded their due process. Someone brings a charge against you, the authorities investigate and if they see enough to proceed with criminal charges, you get your day in court to defend yourself and tell your side of the story and let the jury sort it out.

    This isnt what happened here, an employer has labeled one of its employees a violent abuser, told him not to come to work for 6 weeks and will dock him 38% of his annual salary. Based on what? Well, not the decision of the police who didnt have enough evidence to proceed with charges, not the recommendation of the employers own lead investigator who said they did not recommend a suspension….no, it was based on what the big boss “thinks” happened or what “likely happened”.

    No person, no matter what team they play for should have the tag of violent abuser publicly attached to their name based on a guess, a feeling, or what someone thinks might have happend.

  47. “Again, Proskauer Rose wasn’t, and isn’t, actively representing the NFL in this case.”

    And that’s that. Rule not broken, others can and will try to pretend that some kind of impropriety exists, but according to the actual rule, the letter of the law, and this blog’s own admission that the rule wasn’t broken, everything else is just superfluous hyperbole meant to distract away from that fact. He will serve the suspension. Having drug this out this far instead of just serving and getting it over with, the suspension now happens at the worst possible time and likely ends any chance of the ‘Boys making the playoffs, even backing in as a low rung wildcard. That’s his own fault. His choice his gamble, he and the team’s loss. Game over.

    The Cowboys will be CRUSHED by the Chiefs without him.

  48. Suspensions, injuries or anything like that doesn’t matter when you bet NFL. Lines will move and referees will control the game. If anything, go against the trend in NFL when there is a suspension or injury. I hate betting NFL but i blindly tail whenever former DFS king Maxdalury has a play on NFL. He is usually a MLB guy but being ripping NFL too going 10-1 so far. He posts everything publicly in his open google forum, look for “maxdalury google forum” thanks me later.

  49. Suspensions, injuries or anything like that doesn’t matter when you bet NFL. Lines will move and referees will control the game. If anything, go against the trend in NFL when there is a suspension or injury. I hate betting NFL but i blindly tail whenever former DFS king Maxdalury has a play on NFL. He is usually a MLB guy but being ripping NFL too going 10-1 so far. He posts everything publicly in his open g0ogIe forum, look for “maxdalury group” thanks me later.

  50. eaglesgreen29 first off yes there were other witnesses including people who saw Tiffany Thompson in a bikini by the pool the week shes claiming Zeke assaulted her everyday and claim they never saw a bruise on her. Which makes sense given she got them in a fight outside of a club the night in question as her friend and another witness testified to and even gave the name of the company handling security duties at the club that night and helped break up the fight. I’ve read the police report and witness accounts in their entirety and not a single witness saw this “assault” so no as far as YOUR “other witnesses” go there weren’t any to substantiate her claims. And I don’t care what the language of the CBA is cause I guarantee it doesn’t say “the NFL has the right to manufacture any evidence it chooses to justify a predetermined outcome.” The NFL had no evidence except the word of a doctor who couldn’t even back her own work in front of another doctor and all but said Zekes lawyers doctor was right about her work not being credible. Whats left after that? Nothing. I did happen to notice in the CBA under article 46 regarding appeals it states “parties shall exchange exhibits upon which they intend to rely” yet I saw nothing stating that the arbitrator could deny such or certain requests which brings up the question why was Zekes defense team not allowed access to the exhibits or individuals it intended to rely on (Tiffany Thompson’s transcripts, Roger Goodell himself)? The CBA shouldn’t have to use the word fair for players to recieve fair treatment it should be understood. Are you seriously implying that the NFLPA should want the word fair added in to the next CBA to prevent Goodell’s abuse of power?

  51. This has been a merry-go-round with appeals from both sides. The way I see it, is if Elliott was actually guilty of Domestic Violence and violating any policy, it would have been justified by now, if not months ago, with some strong evidence that it was Elliott who put those bruises on Tiffany Thompson in the first place. The NFL has no evidence that Elliott did anything to her. On the other hand Elliott’s legal team has a plethora of evidence that she plotted all of this and somehow, in some strange way, the NFL and Goodell decide to suspend him anyways. This can happen to any player and it needs to be stopped. It’s pure corruption. Then again Jerry Jones is more powerful than Rodger Goodell.

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