NFL files motion in opposition to injunction blocking Ezekiel Elliott suspension

AP

The latest round of legal wrangling between the NFL and NFL Players Association got underway on Wednesday when the NFLPA filed an emergency motion seeking an injunction blocking Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott pending an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of the decision by Judge Katherine Polk Failla to grant one earlier this week.

That motion has been followed by one from the NFL. As you’d guess, the league is arguing against the injunction.

Their motion notes that Judge Failla’s decision was “not a close call” and points to the Tom Brady case as a linchpin of their argument that Elliott’s ultimate bid to have the suspension thrown out is unlikely to be successful.

The NFLPA’s central argument in its motion was that courts have typically blocked suspensions from going into effect while litigation proceeds. That was how things played out for Brady, so both sides are pointing to that case to support their point of view about an injunction.

74 responses to “NFL files motion in opposition to injunction blocking Ezekiel Elliott suspension

  1. Just sit down and take the suspension, this is getting ridiculous. Over and over into court just
    to get to play. For god sake, he isn’t a “holy mary” so do it and shut up.

  2. These legal expeditions by the NFL have become one long –

    “You’re suspended!”
    “No you can’t”
    “Yes we can”
    “No you can’t”
    “Yes we can”

    Repeat about a dozen more times. Ridiculous

  3. mufasa1822 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    Guessing the players will soon demand to have their lawyers, advocates, and psychic healers with them on the field
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    Why not?

    Oh! Sorry I forgot….”Affluenza” is not a defense for “us”

  4. can’t keep track of this any longer. take your suspension and move on, wait he hasn’t really been producing much anyway, so why is he fighting not being able to play!

  5. Elliot should have served the suspension to start the season. His lawyers could have argued and possibly earned him loss in pay for the suspension if a judge found the NFL was in error. Now if he misses 6 games, it severely hurts the playoff chances for the Cowboys and probably changes fantasy football outcomes.

  6. All this is doing is creating a major distraction for the Cowboys and showing that Jerry Jones doesn’t think that they can win without him. That must make the rest of the team feel great going forward…

  7. The NFl Blues…

    they smile in your face
    (all the time want to take your place)
    Backstabbers….backstabbers…
    (The O’Jays)

    or

    Backstabbers and syndicators…
    (John Lee Hooker)

  8. I say let this play out. I want to see goodell take the stand and watch him lie yet again. This is the way to be done with him. The league office is completely incompetent. Can’t wait for the next cba. The NFL under goodell=stupidity in the highest form.

  9. I love how the league is so self-righteous now, and the only reason for that is because there is a video of Ray Rice punching his girlfriend in the face in an elevator. Before that everything was fine in the NFL. Leonard Little and Donte Stallworth killed people with cars while drunk, Player from the chiefs abused his wife and then went to the field and killed himself, LT and Michael Irvin so stoned they had no idea where they were, and etc….etc…..etc. No video so no problem was the mindset though. we can hush it up. It was so tongue and cheek that even this web-site made light of it with a little box that joked about days since last arrest and when you clicked it, it showed you all of the player arrested in the last year or so. I’m sure NFL got to Florio and said if you are going to be affiliated with us, then that box needs to go. Good boy Mike. Really NFL you are the true frauds here. This is like when the steroid scandal in baseball broke or the NCAA violations that have recently come down and everyone is shocked. Are you really though! But hey let’s take a knee, disrespect our flag, and fix all the wrongs in the world. I don’t think so. Fix yourselves first and then the world. You are all really over valuing your position in the world NFL and NFL players. If you went away tomorrow, we would all be fine. It is moving in that direction.

  10. Florioismyhero says:
    November 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    can’t keep track of this any longer. take your suspension and move on, wait he hasn’t really been producing much anyway, so why is he fighting not being able to play!

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    He is 70 yds away from leading the league in rushing…What are you talking about?

  11. Brady got a stay of execution not just because the NFL’s case was weak in the first court (where they admitted to Judge Berman they had no evidence) but also because in the 2nd court they weren’t globally including Brady to be found guilty anymore (how could they, after 1st court admission?). The NFL instead sought a complete “de novo” (effectively a new case) that just narrowly focused on ruling over Fraudger’s rights within the CBA. Of course, the NFL dressed it up as a victory over Brady and used it to re-suspend him, but that’s not what the 2nd court actually ruled on.

  12. The idea that players and their attorney’s use public courts to subvert NFL rules and policies WHICH THEY SIGN ON AND AGREE TO when they join the NFL is pathetic. Liberal lawyers want players money and Elliott is in for a massive legal invoice when this matter winds up.

  13. The NFL is basically saying that they want to punish Elliot even though the courts haven’t decided the case. The NFL seems to think that their decision is superior to whatever decision the judicial system might make. I don’t like Elliot, but that is height of arrogance.

    Elliot should absolutely not be suspended until the legal case concludes. If the NFL were to prevail now, and suspend Elliot for 6 weeks, they could simply drop the case after the suspension. Then Elliot is screwed, and his only recourse is yet another lawsuit.

  14. “it severely hurts the playoff chances for the Cowboys and probably changes fantasy football outcomes.”

    Effecting playoff chances is a valid worry. Effecting lame fantasy football outcomes is meaningless.

  15. I’m not sure the courts should be able to prevent a suspension from occurring. There should be impartial arbitration then the player should serve whatever the ruling is. I don’t get the public court’s involvement really unless it is to claim that the contract was violated in some way.

    However, I do think that since the court angle is possible the NFL might as well wait for the legal wrangling to end before they impose the suspension. The NFL are opening themselves up to massive risk if they impose the 6 game suspension and it is later overturned. Elliot could easily claim huge damages beyond the pay from the games given the impact to his brand.

  16. Todd Peterson says:
    November 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    Elliot should have served the suspension to start the season. His lawyers could have argued and possibly earned him loss in pay for the suspension if a judge found the NFL was in error. Now if he misses 6 games, it severely hurts the playoff chances for the Cowboys and probably changes fantasy football outcomes.

    In the Brady case after not only admitting in open court to having no evidence of wrongdoing, the NFL, after pronouncing that the team had no involvement, went ahead and fined and stole picks from NE, thereby affecting their playoff chances. Fortunately, as Johnny Most often said, justice prevailed and NE won 2 rings in 3 years despite the best efforts to handcuff them.

  17. Imagine this is u…maybe you are innocent of this serious charge the NFL is making…what would u do? Just take the suspension?? I know I would not

  18. I find the stupidity of the people siding with the NFL in this case to be staggering.

    Like most people, I think Elliot is a turd, but that isn’t what this case is about. The things the NFL is claiming Elliot is being suspended for are dubious at best, or outright false at worst. Because of this, the NFL is suspending him against the recommendations of their own investigators. This leads most people to believe that this whole thing is just a publicity stunt designed to be a PR campaign. So what you have to ask yourself is, should an employer be able to dish out severe punishment to employees without any evidence of wrong doing by the employee?

    To a sane person, obviously not.

  19. harrisonhits2 says:

    “You’re suspended!”
    “No you can’t”
    “Yes we can”
    “No you can’t”
    “Yes we can”
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    That read like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to me

  20. davikes says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    The NFL is basically saying that they want to punish Elliot even though the courts haven’t decided the case. The NFL seems to think that their decision is superior to whatever decision the judicial system might make. I don’t like Elliot, but that is height of arrogance.

    Elliot should absolutely not be suspended until the legal case concludes. If the NFL were to prevail now, and suspend Elliot for 6 weeks, they could simply drop the case after the suspension. Then Elliot is screwed, and his only recourse is yet another lawsuit.
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    They would never drop the case after the suspension was served. Elliot would then file suit in Texas and file for lost wages, endorsement money etc… No way. The NFL will stay the course until all legal action is decided.

  21. If you were accused of something that you didn’t do, would you accept the suspension knowing that it could affect more than the 6 weeks of the suspension? What if you finally get your day in court, and it’s found that the suspension is unfair and should not have been enforced?

    There’s more to this than just a suspension.

  22. It’s funny that the players are protesting the flag and not the CBA. Their rights were given away before a lot of the current players were in the league and it was done voluntarily.

  23. evryone saying elliott should just shut up and take the suspension already do not seem to know what this is about anymore. This is no longer if he did or did not abuse a female. This is about the process of how the nfl handled this if it was fair or not. The fact that when they held the process of sentencing and did not allow the accused to cross examine the accuser makes it extremely easy for anyone to make false claims towards any other nfl player and have that players name and reputation destroyed. Any fan from the browns to the patriots and any player from a practice squad guy to Aaron Rodgers should be upset that the nfl allows it this easy for someone to destroy a players reputation with little to no evidence.

  24. zn0rseman says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:19 pm
    I find the stupidity of the people siding with the NFL in this case to be staggering.

    Like most people, I think Elliot is a turd, but that isn’t what this case is about. The things the NFL is claiming Elliot is being suspended for are dubious at best, or outright false at worst. Because of this, the NFL is suspending him against the recommendations of their own investigators. This leads most people to believe that this whole thing is just a publicity stunt designed to be a PR campaign. So what you have to ask yourself is, should an employer be able to dish out severe punishment to employees without any evidence of wrong doing by the employee?

    To a sane person, obviously not.

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    Thank you. How hard is it to come to that conclusion?

    Goodell is cheating, defaming Elliott and stealing his draft picks.

  25. NFLPA CBA: You may fine or suspend a player any time you BELIEVE they have done something that dishonors or defames the brand.

    Goodell: OK. Elliott has admitted to using drugs, admitted to choking a woman, pulled down a woman’s top in public, got a ticket for reckless driving, got involved in a bar fight, and has been accused of domestic violence. We’re suspending him.

    NFLPA: Hey! You can’t do that. What about the evidence?

  26. davikes says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    The NFL is basically saying that they want to punish Elliot even though the courts haven’t decided the case. The NFL seems to think that their decision is superior to whatever decision the judicial system might make. I don’t like Elliot, but that is height of arrogance.
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    Close. The NFL is basically saying that because of the language in the CBA and the Brady precedent Elliott has no case. The real arrogance was twisting the time honored intent of the language in the CBA regarding arbitration proceedings to the narrow but legally enforceable view that fundamental fairness does not apply to personal conduct suspensions. Elliott will most likely eventually serve the suspension because of the Brady precedent. What his defense team is probably aiming at is that ‘no evidence’ (a la Brady) moment that will avoid the abuser label following him the rest of his career costing him many millions. Brady’s legacy is secure because no one with half a brain believes he cheated after the league admitted in open court it had no evidence and was outed as lying in their arbitration decision. Without a similar moment in the 2nd Circuit the NFL will have forced Elliott’s hand and he will have no choice but to do what Brady didn’t need to do to secure his legacy and go all the way to the SCOTUS.

  27. rundmtrees17 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    It’s funny that the players are protesting the flag and not the CBA. Their rights were given away before a lot of the current players were in the league and it was done voluntarily.

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    100$% False.

    1. They had zero leverage into the last Lockout. Hence, why they were locked out. Duh.

    2. No commissioner in NFL history has ever used Article 46 to cheat teams with before. So, they wouldn’t have known that was something needed to negotiate on in the CBA.

    Get it?

    FACT: Goodell has been cheating, indirectly, at the behest of the majority agenda of owners, for a decade.

    It’s all part of how he thinks he is allowed to cheat and commit consumer fraud, manipulating the league for the outcome they want.

    The Pats have flipped him the bird nicely in recently, to the delight of longtime, diehard NFL fans everywhere who aren’t dumb enough to believe him.

  28. Steve a says: Everything you just wrote applied to Tom Brady ! Yet everyone from Dallas thought Goodell did a good job and that TB12 deserved to be punished. Ironic now that it’s a Dallas player there is outrage!
    Karma!

  29. I think the NFL is trying to send him a message. He has been in fringe trouble since he came into the league. What I mean is not enough for criminal but he is heading down that road. Everyone has seen it in the NFL. They are trying to help him in the long run. Maybe he will think twice about his conduct before he does anything else again.

  30. can’t keep track of this any longer. take your suspension and move on, wait he hasn’t really been producing much anyway, so why is he fighting not being able to play!
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    You really don’t follow football much, do you?

  31. bradygirl12 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm
    All this is doing is creating a major distraction for the Cowboys and showing that Jerry Jones doesn’t think that they can win without him. That must make the rest of the team feel great going forward…
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    Sorry, but we have 3 good backs, with different skill sets that will fill in quite nicely! They are all very supportive of Zeke and know they can get the job done! Jerry Jones does feel we can win w/o Zeke. All he is doing is trying to keep Zeke from getting the stigma of “abuser”, for which, based on the “evidence” he is innocent! Even Goodell’s lead investigator, Kia Roberts, interviewed the “victim” SIX times and said she was NOT credible, but Goodell was so hell-bent on trying to make up for past mistakes he made, he totally ignored his own investigator…smh…The NFL is a shell of itself, thanks to the “commish”, the owners’ had better get a clue!!!!!

  32. moemoe4321 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    I think the NFL is trying to send him a message. He has been in fringe trouble since he came into the league. What I mean is not enough for criminal but he is heading down that road. Everyone has seen it in the NFL. They are trying to help him in the long run. Maybe he will think twice about his conduct before he does anything else again.

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    If they were gonna punish him for the incident at the parade – which is fine by me – then say that. They are pushing a likely fraudulent DV charge on him that will stick with him for life now, regardless of whether its upheld or not. They legitimized it. He shouldn’t be going through this, but because the NFL botched Ray Rice and Josh Brown, they feel like its OK. It’s not.

    Shame on the terrible people who are just Cowboy haters who want the guy suspended for something he likely didn’t do. He’s being charged with something vile, of course he’s going to fight it all the way to the end if he’s innocent. It speaks volumes about the people who want him to be suspended and are citing Brady or how they hate the Cowboys.. stop being ignorant, look at the facts, and see what they’re doing to a human being.

  33. steve a says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    evryone saying elliott should just shut up and take the suspension already do not seem to know what this is about anymore. This is no longer if he did or did not abuse a female. This is about the process of how the nfl handled this if it was fair or not. The fact that when they held the process of sentencing and did not allow the accused to cross examine the accuser makes it extremely easy for anyone to make false claims towards any other nfl player and have that players name and reputation destroyed. Any fan from the browns to the patriots and any player from a practice squad guy to Aaron Rodgers should be upset that the nfl allows it this easy for someone to destroy a players reputation with little to no evidence.

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    Where were you when Goodell was railroading Brady? s I remember Jerry Jones praised Goodell. How does that crow taste Jerry?

  34. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm
    …..just make it STOP !!!…please!!!!!

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    Agreed. Fire Goodell and the cheating stops immediately. It’s the owners choice. How he survived the Ray Rice Fiasco, trying to help Baltimore cheat, is beyond me.

  35. 1. They had zero leverage into the last Lockout. Hence, why they were locked out. Duh.

    ____________

    So they still have zero leverage? Thanks for the tone guy

  36. Lovetron says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    moemoe4321 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    I think the NFL is trying to send him a message. He has been in fringe trouble since he came into the league. What I mean is not enough for criminal but he is heading down that road. Everyone has seen it in the NFL. They are trying to help him in the long run. Maybe he will think twice about his conduct before he does anything else again.

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    If they were gonna punish him for the incident at the parade – which is fine by me – then say that. They are pushing a likely fraudulent DV charge on him that will stick with him for life now, regardless of whether its upheld or not. They legitimized it. He shouldn’t be going through this, but because the NFL botched Ray Rice and Josh Brown, they feel like its OK. It’s not.

    Shame on the terrible people who are just Cowboy haters who want the guy suspended for something he likely didn’t do. He’s being charged with something vile, of course he’s going to fight it all the way to the end if he’s innocent. It speaks volumes about the people who want him to be suspended and are citing Brady or how they hate the Cowboys.. stop being ignorant, look at the facts, and see what they’re doing to a human being.

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    In reality, I believe most people DO believe Elliott abused his GF. Why? Probably because too many of these athletes have been coddled all through their lives and avoided consequences of their actions by having others cover for them. Is this fair? No, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt until I saw the video of him pulling down the woman’s shirt at Mardi Gras….all while he was under investigation. Even if he didn’t commit DV, Goodell should suspend him for being an idiot.

  37. Good for the NFL!
    If this were an employee of non-unionized private sector company, he would NOT be able to pay for all of these legal maneuvers that the NFLPA is pulling.
    So Elliott doesn’t have to pay a single penny, his union dues (and all of dues-paying NFLPA players) are paying for this fiasco.
    At some point, the courts MUST rule that employees cannot run an employer into the ground and destroy its brand, just to clear his own name b/c he grabbed a woman.

    Here is a question that NO ONE has asked:
    Elliott pulled down a womans top and exposed her in public. WHERE are the feminists groups protesting against Zeke?
    Why aren’t feminists and democrats demanding that Zeke is suspended and that the NFLPA needs to stand down?
    So Zeke is a union-protected player, and black, so the democrats and feminists are absolutely silent.
    I must assume that democrats and feminists believe that it’s perfectly fine for multi-millionaire football players, to assault a woman and expose her body.
    WHY are they upset if a non-democrat male using unflattering verbiage about a woman, but if a pro athlete actually grabs a woman then liberal democrats are fine with it?

  38. moemoe4321 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    I think the NFL is trying to send him a message. He has been in fringe trouble since he came into the league. What I mean is not enough for criminal but he is heading down that road. Everyone has seen it in the NFL. They are trying to help him in the long run. Maybe he will think twice about his conduct before he does anything else again.

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    False. They have specifically cited the case with Tiffany Thompson as their motive for the suspension.

    If they were trying to send him a message, a fine and maybe a 1 game suspension to embarrass him, would be sufficient.

    Trying to steal 6 gamechecks and almost half a season from Dallas being able to use him, is outright obvious cheating by Goodell.

    As it appears now, Philly and other NFC teams would seem to be the main benefactors of this action.

    How is a speeding ticket “bad conduct”? He’s done nothing wrong! The girl in the parade, was already flashing the crowd. He was with her and she was allowing him to do it. How is this illegal?

    Defaming a guy as a woman beater is the solution, to “teach him a lesson”?

    Why did PED case, Sheldon Richardson, who then got caught going 148MPH with a child in the car, weed and a loaded gun, just get a 1 game suspension?

    Can you answer to these bizarre and outlandish inconsistencies?

  39. Just imagine a reimagined “Lite Beer” commercial out of this..

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    harrisonhits2 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    These legal expeditions by the NFL have become one long –
    “You’re suspended!”
    “No you can’t”
    “Yes we can”
    “No you can’t”
    “Yes we can”
    Repeat about a dozen more times. Ridiculous

  40. commentawaitingdeletion says:

    November 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    davikes says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    The NFL is basically saying that they want to punish Elliot even though the courts haven’t decided the case. The NFL seems to think that their decision is superior to whatever decision the judicial system might make. I don’t like Elliot, but that is height of arrogance.
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    Close. The NFL is basically saying that because of the language in the CBA and the Brady precedent Elliott has no case. The real arrogance was twisting the time honored intent of the language in the CBA regarding arbitration proceedings to the narrow but legally enforceable view that fundamental fairness does not apply to personal conduct suspensions. Elliott will most likely eventually serve the suspension because of the Brady precedent. What his defense team is probably aiming at is that ‘no evidence’ (a la Brady) moment that will avoid the abuser label following him the rest of his career costing him many millions. Brady’s legacy is secure because no one with half a brain believes he cheated after the league admitted in open court it had no evidence and was outed as lying in their arbitration decision. Without a similar moment in the 2nd Circuit the NFL will have forced Elliott’s hand and he will have no choice but to do what Brady didn’t need to do to secure his legacy and go all the way to the SCOTUS.

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    Brady would have lost if he went to SCOTUS (assuming they granted certiorari, which they likely would have denied) and Elliott would also lose. The Courts have long held they should not renegotiate contracts that have been collectively bargained. So as long as Goodell/Henderson operated in the bounds of the CBA – which they did – the Court will not substitute its judgment for that of the arbitrator. See, MLBPA v. Garvey, 532 US 504 (2001).

  41. Mr. Goodell, read the sworn “Affidavit of Dylan Minney” (the accusers friend and witness), and explain to the public in a press conference why you still want to suspend Elliot and falsely label him a woman beater.

  42. steelersfan92105 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm
    I guess i just don’t understand how the CBA(collective bargaining agreement) becomes just a waste of paper if everything end up in court anyway

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    That is what Judge Doty said to Goodell….He said something like “Commissioner, I don’t think you know what a CBA means”…

    He doesn’t or he is in on the cheating and corruption, spearheading all of this, not some victim of the owners, forced to do it or else.

  43. stugots05 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    commentawaitingdeletion says:

    November 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    davikes says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    The NFL is basically saying that they want to punish Elliot even though the courts haven’t decided the case. The NFL seems to think that their decision is superior to whatever decision the judicial system might make. I don’t like Elliot, but that is height of arrogance.
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    Close. The NFL is basically saying that because of the language in the CBA and the Brady precedent Elliott has no case. The real arrogance was twisting the time honored intent of the language in the CBA regarding arbitration proceedings to the narrow but legally enforceable view that fundamental fairness does not apply to personal conduct suspensions. Elliott will most likely eventually serve the suspension because of the Brady precedent. What his defense team is probably aiming at is that ‘no evidence’ (a la Brady) moment that will avoid the abuser label following him the rest of his career costing him many millions. Brady’s legacy is secure because no one with half a brain believes he cheated after the league admitted in open court it had no evidence and was outed as lying in their arbitration decision. Without a similar moment in the 2nd Circuit the NFL will have forced Elliott’s hand and he will have no choice but to do what Brady didn’t need to do to secure his legacy and go all the way to the SCOTUS.

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    Brady would have lost if he went to SCOTUS (assuming they granted certiorari, which they likely would have denied) and Elliott would also lose. The Courts have long held they should not renegotiate contracts that have been collectively bargained. So as long as Goodell/Henderson operated in the bounds of the CBA – which they did – the Court will not substitute its judgment for that of the arbitrator. See, MLBPA v. Garvey, 532 US 504 (2001).

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    Unless a breach of the CBA itself, suing for abuse, consumer fraud, defamation, theft, etc. Get Goodell’s emails and phones on a federal stand and you’ll see the NFL come crumbling down or the owners finally realize they’d need to fire him to avoid being dragged into court.

    No sports league has ever witnessed such corruption and consumer fraud before. This would make the negligence with roids in MLB look like child’s play.

    If you don’t honor the CBA, you’re in violation of what the CBA represents.

    As Judge Doty said to Goodell “you don’t seem to get what a CBA means”..

    Nor do you, apparently.

  44. dryzzt23 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Here is a question that NO ONE has asked:
    Elliott pulled down a womans top and exposed her in public. WHERE are the feminists groups protesting against Zeke?
    Why aren’t feminists and democrats demanding that Zeke is suspended and that the NFLPA needs to stand down?
    So Zeke is a union-protected player, and black, so the democrats and feminists are absolutely silent.
    I must assume that democrats and feminists believe that it’s perfectly fine for multi-millionaire football players, to assault a woman and expose her body.
    WHY are they upset if a non-democrat male using unflattering verbiage about a woman, but if a pro athlete actually grabs a woman then liberal democrats are fine with it?
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    What does ANY of this have to do with politics? For crying out loud, stop trying to shoe horn your whiney political opinions into unrelated topics.

    This legal case has 0% (ZERO PERCENT) to do with the incident at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dallas that you’re referring to. But to answer your question, nobody really gives a flip because anyone with a brain and 30 seconds on google can find multiple videos of her happily exposing herself to the crowd multiple times. And if you watch the video with Zeke in it you can clearly see that she’s motioning to her chest, then to Zeke, then back to her chest. She was telling the crowd that Zeke would have to do it, and he did, she just didn’t expect it when he did it so it surprised her. She didn’t get “assaulted”, and Zeke didn’t “expose” her anymore than she was already exposing herself, hence the beads around her neck which are thrown to women after baring their chest. Why are conservative Republicans so quick to condemn and railroad a black man for behavior that isn’t anywhere near what they claim it do be? (See I can play the BS political game, too)

  45. Michael E says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm
    Mr. Goodell, read the sworn “Affidavit of Dylan Minney” (the accusers friend and witness), and explain to the public in a press conference why you still want to suspend Elliot and falsely label him a woman beater.

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    If anyone in the media had the balls to ask him such a simple question, he’d like or deflect, but if you got him on a federal stand under a defamation lawsuit, he’d either be caught lying and admit he’s been cheating or he’d perjure himself.

    Brady should have sued, Zeke should, and this is the ace in the hole the union has to remove Goodell from office.

    The owners think they’re untouchable, but they’re not.

  46. “…the NFLPA filed an emergency motion seeking an injunction blocking Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott pending an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of the decision by Judge Katherine Polk Failla to grant one earlier this week.”

    This is gibberish. Here is what happened. A district court issued an injunction early last month blocking the suspension of Elliott. That injunction was a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that blocked the NFL from carrying out its suspension of Elliott. There is no injunction blocking Elliott, whatever that means. The appeals court then vacated the injunction granted to Elliott. Then, Katherine Polk Failla denied Elliott’s and the NFLPA’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The preliminary injunction that was denied was not an injunction blocking Elliott, whatever that means. Then, Katherine Polk Failla granted a 24-hour stay on her ruling so that Elliott can consider appellate options, which he exercised today in the NFLPA’s appeal of her ruling.

  47. Well I’m getting bored with making fun of the biggest punching bags in the NFL known as the Browns. Guess it’s time to flip channels and watch “NFL Suspension Drama” This season starring Zeke Elliot. And like any other season of “NFL Suspension Drama” We all just want this sh*t to end so can someone just stop appealing or stop suspending at this point cause, man it’s getting annoying now with this happening every week

  48. So, the NFLPA argument points to a previous case. argued in very same court last year, where the merits of that same argument were rejected by the very same court?

    Sam Weinberg in ‘A Few Good Men’
    “I strenuously object?” Is that how it’s done? Hm? “Objection, your Honor!” “Overruled” “No, no. I STRENUOUSLY object.” “Oh! You strenuously object. Then I’ll take some time to reconsider.”

  49. This is a legal battle primarily with the next CBA in mind, most likely. If NFL wins, they have more leverage, if NFLPA wins, they have more leverage. There might be some trade of Goodell’s power for more practice time, or another regular season game.

  50. SERIOUSLY! Face it Troll, You lost! It’s not necessarily you that lost, it was the clown D.E. Smith when he let that particular article 46 in the agreement between the owner and players.

  51. stugots05 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Brady would have lost if he went to SCOTUS (assuming they granted certiorari, which they likely would have denied) and Elliott would also lose. The Courts have long held they should not renegotiate contracts that have been collectively bargained. So as long as Goodell/Henderson operated in the bounds of the CBA – which they did – the Court will not substitute its judgment for that of the arbitrator. See, MLBPA v. Garvey, 532 US 504 (2001).
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    Of course they would lose. The point of pursuing it isn’t to win the case in a court of law (in the face of the CBA language they can’t) but to win in the court of public opinion which Brady clearly did. It’s about the label that gets applied to the player and how it impacts legacy and earnings.

  52. thefappingbearcutler says:
    November 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    SERIOUSLY! Face it Troll, You lost! It’s not necessarily you that lost, it was the clown D.E. Smith when he let that particular article 46 in the agreement between the owner and players.

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    Man, you lack education…Article 46 has been in the CBA since the NFL merger in 1970..

    The only ones losing are the one being cheated and defamed, the teams who are affected negatively by Goodell’s framejobs, and the diehard fans who used to love the NFL under Rozelle and Tagliabue, and now are annoyed with all the baggage that Goodell brings to an NFL season.

    Wake up, kid.

  53. got a new abilities (haven’t played for near a decade, but hear it’s a popular game) card in madden for elliot. it’s called Beat mode. it makes him untacklable when used, but then he can’t play for six games afterwards.

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