Ezekiel Elliott will serve his full suspension and drop all appeals

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It’s finally over.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has decided to drop any remaining appeals and to serve his full six-game suspension.

“In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forego any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension,” agent Rocky Arceneaux and lawyer Frank Salzano said in a statement released to PFT. “This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends.

“This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process.  Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”

Elliott, who missed Sunday’s loss at Atlanta, will miss five more games — three straight home games (vs. Eagles, Chargers, and Washington) and games at the Giants and at Oakland. He’ll be eligible for the final two games of the regular season (Seahawks, at Eagles) and the postseason, if the Cowboys make it.

A hearing had been set for December 1 on the appeal of Judge Katherine Polk Failla’s denial of an injunction that would have blocked the suspension pending completion of the litigation regarding the validity of the suspension.

Elliott initially was suspended six games in August for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. The incident arose from allegations of domestic violence occurring in July 2016, after he had been drafted by the Cowboys and signed his rookie contract.

100 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott will serve his full suspension and drop all appeals

  1. Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.

  2. So….
    He understands that the CBA meant he had little to no chance of winning.
    He understands that on the off chance he did win that saves him nothing (because by then he will have served it anyhow)
    He understands that lawyers cost a ton of money

    So this is a pragmatic decision by Zeke, a win for Goodell, and a huge loss for the sport of football and its fans. Circling the drain it is, and Goodell is the swirling water.

  3. There is a big difference between being accused, being indicted, and being found guilty. Ezekiel Elliot was accused of domestic violence by his ex girlfriend. However, the Columbus District Attorney determined that there was not sufficient evidence to bring him to trial. And thus he was never even indicted. In order to prove guilt you have to be able to prove that the culprit committed the the actions beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case there was ample evidence to suggest that Elliot’s accuser was lying. This evidence includes text messages relating to blackmail. The accuser blatantly asked potential witnesses to lie on her behave. She also was involved in a bar fight which could very well be the cause of her injuries.
    Bottom line is this. It is not possible to prove that Elliot did anything wrong. And that is why he is so upset. Both Elliot and Brady were suspended for not doing anything at all.

  4. Making this decision at the beginning of the year wouldn’t have been any more or less an admission of wrong doing than it is now– no legal charges were filed, and the NFL has
    Already shown it doesn’t care to try this case properly–

    it just would’ve been more intelligent and less crippling to his team to serve the suspension earlier. But here we are. Week 11 and the cowboys are starting down a gun barrel without their workhorse. They could’ve gone 3-3 without him weeks 1-6… and the team at least would’ve been prepped for not having him.

  5. After what happened to Brady it was clear he wasn’t going to win. Instead of sitting for the 1st six games of the year, he’s going to miss more important weeks later in the season. Not to mention all the cash he spent on lawyers. Can’t fix stupid.

  6. Game, set, and match. The winner is Article 46. The loser is due process.

    If the players are willing to kneel for justice, they need to be prepared to ‘walk’ for it in the next CBA.

  7. This had nothing to do with guilt or innocence. This was is about the constant battle between NFLPA and the League/owners. This is politics and parties trying to gain leverage over one another.

    The NFL simply did not care what the evidence showed. They wanted leverage over the players and as a matter of Public relations, the NFL would much rather have people talking about how they screwed Elliot than how they didn’t take Domestic violence seriously. They simply did not care what what the truth was. Power, leverage, and public relations were ONLY concerns.

  8. Once just once I’d like for someone to really stand up to this corrupt league and see the court case through until appeals are exhausted. But I guess the NFL’s money and influence are just too overwhelming. Well with this new carte blanche I expect even more cases were players are suspended at the whim of the front office.

  9. Roger Goodell gave him a suspension based on PR reasons and for that alone I understand what Jerry Jones is doing.

    The handling of discipline by Goodell and the league has really gone off the rails of comon sense and it needs to be fixed. Dont think Goodell will be replace but the NFLPA better get its act together about this in the next CBA.

  10. stanwojciehowicz says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.
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    Nope, that isn’t what they determined. Huge difference between being innocent and the prosecutor not feeling that there was enough evidence to secure a conviction.

  11. Enough revisionist history about how he should have served games 1-6. The NFL should have handed down a decision months before the season, not DAYS.

  12. Nope, that isn’t what they determined. Huge difference between being innocent and the prosecutor not feeling that there was enough evidence to secure a conviction.

    Glad you think Rodger Goodell, of all people, is qualified to assess his innocence. Clearly the lead investigator, hired by Goodell, was in no way qualified, despite years of experience of doing just that.

  13. I said this all along – that he had no recourse in the court system. Tremendous waste of money. And in delaying this, he hurt his team (though he hurt his team in being put in the position of being under the jurisdiction of the personal conduct rule in the first place).

  14. stanwojciehowicz says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.
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    I’ll never play football in the NFL, so I will never be at the mercy of lying, corrupt Roger Goodell, and his 55-gallon drum of industrial justice.

  15. stanwojciehowicz says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    the NFL would much rather have people talking about how they screwed Elliot than how they didn’t take Domestic violence seriously. They simply did not care what what the truth was. Power, leverage, and public relations were ONLY concerns.

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    To be honest, In my own opinion I take them railroading an innocent guy to make some sort of gesture that tries to say they take DV seriously to mean they do not take it seriously at all. When someone tries to get by on just making gestures that really does say there is no intention to actually care about and try to address the problem.

  16. His NFLPA lawyers finally realized that with the season almost over, any further appeals push this case into the playoffs, which nobody wants. They also realized they can’t win since the CBA states Goodell is the law in the NFL and no judge is going to overrule a legally biding corporate document.

  17. Take that ‘L’ Zeke and maybe next time you’ll think twice before you put hands on a female.

  18. stanwojciehowicz says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.

    Breaking the law and acting stupid enough to get punished by your employer are 2 completely different things.

  19. He should look at this as punishment for his incredibly poor judgment in choice of girlfriends. If he’s learned something, then it will wind up have saved him lots more down the road.

    But color me skeptical.

  20. Those that see this as a good thing are not fully understanding what this has done and the precedence it has set. This is not about 1 player on a 1 team. This impacts the entire league and every player on every NFL team and allows for any accuser to claim DV without any legal evidence. The NFL can then brand you with the DV title. Let that sink in. Don’t let your hatred for the Cowboys blind you from the real issue here. Those that applaud this, truly don’t get it.

  21. Well, can he sue the NFL in a civil lawsuit for slander ? They are still labeling him as an abuser without much evidence. I would rather see him clear his name through the civil lawsuit. Here’s hoping Jerry gets to stick it to Goodell, so that they get rid of that buffoon of a Commissioner.

  22. Why aren’t more players incensed over a guy getting railroaded by the system? Kneeling for justice but happy an opponent is off the field on trumped up charges seems a bit contradictory, no?

  23. I’m not a fan of Zeke but it’s clear he got jobbed by the Commish, whom I dislike tenfold. Expect a very prolonged labor negotiation when the time comes to strike a new CBA. It will be an interesting game of chicken to see who blinks with all of the new stadiums and massive amounts of money that stands to be lost if the games aren’t played. Enjoy the season. FLY EAGLES FLY!

  24. NFL: We will have our own lead investigator Kia Roberts investigate and determine if Ezekiel Elliott should be suspended.

    Kia Roberts: I investigated and I recommend that Elliott should NOT be suspended for his alleged domestic violence incidence.

    NFL: I don’t like that answer. Suspend him anyways.

  25. November 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm
    stanwojciehowicz says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.
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    Nope, that isn’t what they determined. Huge difference between being innocent and the prosecutor not feeling that there was enough evidence to secure a conviction.

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    No, the prosecuter did not think there was enough evidence for charges or even an indictment. An indictment is a different standard its ‘reason to suspect a crime might have been committed’. Its very lax hence the expession that a prosecuter could indict a ham sandwhich if he wanted to. In this case the prosecutor did not even think he had that much that he should even try to get it by a grand jury. Plus he did see evidence of the accusation being bogus which surely weighed on his decision.

  26. Expect a very prolonged labor negotiation when the time comes to strike a new CBA
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    You are absolutely right. 100%.
    The discipline subject will pale in comparison to the major decrease in revenues the players will get as their share. IF viewership continues to decline at its current rate, look for a 40% decrease in NFL revenues.

    Keep on protesting, players. You are guaranteeing a decrease in the cap.

  27. Finally an end to the saga of Elliott . While the alleged victim is no saint either, he got what he deserved.

    now he can put that ENORMOUS helmet on the shelf for the next 5 weeks.

  28. He saw Seattle and Philly on the schedule at the end of the season and wants to be sure to play in those games as they could turn out to be huge games. If he fought it any more without a reduced punishment, he might’ve missed those games. That wouldn’t have been in the Cowboys best interest.

  29. stanwojciehowicz says:

    Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.

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    You’re right. The St. Patrick’s Day video of Elliot is all special effects.

  30. It is clear neither the police nor the District Attorney wanted anything to do with this. This was not Zeke’s first time at this rodeo and instead of spending an enormous amount of money and time, they made him the NFL’s problem. The NFL was the only ones who conducted an investigation. They were the only ones who pulled the metadata from the pictures and compared them to the victim intake statement. Zeke promised that he would produce exhonrating evidence. He produced nothing. His only defense was the lead investigator for the NFL felt the victim’s version of events were not credible but the pictures and her statement proved to be credible by medical evidence. Zeke and his lawyers knew the judges were going to explain to him just how guilty he is.

  31. He was never going to win this. He should have just accepted that, bargained to get it reduced to 3 or 4 games and been done with it in the first quarter of the season….

  32. The legal precedents have been stacking up against the NFLPA at a staggering rate while they continue to bleed union money on lawyers. This was only dropped to preserve the final precedent from being set.

  33. “This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape.”
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    Which is exactly as it was when he initially ran off to court. Had he done this back then he would be able to help the Cowboys on a potential playoff run.

    You know what is different right now? The lawyers have made some money and are now telling him that he won’t win…at the start, they were saying he had a good case and should fight, which is exactly what he wanted to hear.

  34. One day he says “This is bigger than football. I’m not an abuser” Now ,a week later,he throws in the towel,but it’s NOT an admission of guilt. Zeke,you can’t have it both ways. Just serve it,stay out of trouble,and keep your hands to yourself. From this point on,everything that you do away from the field will be watched closely. You are old enough where you shouldn’t need a babysitter when you go out.

  35. None of us know whether or not he committed the crime. I’m sure none of us want to see an innocent person get punished (or vise versa). However, maybe this should lend itself to another conversation; the fact that we are all responsible for our own reputations. When you act like a fool in public (wear a belly suit to the draft, get into a bar fight, pull some chick’s top down), it’s easier to take these allegations seriously, and harder to defend them.

  36. It’s about time. Now if he’d just accepted reality at the beginning of the season, he’d have available for a Dallas playoff push.

    Instead, the Dallas playoff push is now dead.

    Good move, Zeke. See you next year.

  37. Stan, you need to read the medical evidence and the victim intake statement. It would be impossible for her to lie about the injuries she suffered in three separate incidents. You need to read both sides. You will be greatful to learn and pass on to your sons and daughters that domestic violence isn’t just punches and slaps. It is putting your hands on another person without their consent. Unless she asked to be slammed up against a wall, don’t do it. Unless she asks to be dragged across the room where rug burns injuries were suffered, don’t do it.

  38. None if this shook out like Cowboys fans said it would, I don’t get it. Zeke is serving his suspension, the Cowboys are struggling even with him in the lineup…nothing like we were told

  39. Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill and Joe Mixon are still playing, and unlike Zeke both of them were actually caught beating women. Only in Hill’s case, it was his pregnant girlfriend.

  40. sonofpenn says:
    November 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm
    stanwojciehowicz says:

    Sorry guys, I read the texts and police reports. The police AND the NFL’s security officer who investigated the case BOTH said there was nothing there. To all the people who assume Elliot is guilty, I hope you never find yourself in the same situation.

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    You’re right. The St. Patrick’s Day video of Elliot is all special effects.

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    The league did not suspend him for that. They were clear that they were taking no action on that. Instead they railroaded him for DV that he did not do. They made that clear as well because they wanted to make some gesture that they were ‘serious’ about DV.

    Thats how you can know that this is not all about Elliots actions because if it was they would have dropped the DV case for the loser it was and instead nailed him for the parade stunt that he was completely guilty of.

  41. @ sopadegato: “Meanwhile, Tyreek Hill and Joe Mixon are still playing, and unlike Zeke both of them were actually caught beating women. Only in Hill’s case, it was his pregnant girlfriend.” Just another reason why Jerry is blowing his top against Goodell.
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    Jones’ unbridled support for Ezekiel is shining a new light on the terrible path embarked on by the NFL. Aside from the fact that he would have lost, perhaps he is seeing what is going on with the owner. I’m sure he’s been advised to end it which may give some relief for Jerry. It’s a done deal.

  42. Attorney to Zeke at beginning of suspension: “It is unjust! I will get it overturned. I just need a $300,000 retainer ”

    Attorney after appeals denied and $1.2 million on billings later: “Zeke is wil take this injustice to the Supreme Court. I just need another $500k.”

    Zeke: “I’m good tell them I am dropping everything.”

  43. cookerduff123 says:
    November 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    None of us know whether or not he committed the crime. I’m sure none of us want to see an innocent person get punished (or vise versa). However, maybe this should lend itself to another conversation; the fact that we are all responsible for our own reputations. When you act like a fool in public (wear a belly suit to the draft, get into a bar fight, pull some chick’s top down), it’s easier to take these allegations seriously, and harder to defend them.

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    Saying crap this, is like saying “She deserved it because she drinks too much and dresses like that.” Everyone should be tried on the merits of the incident at hand.

  44. Ezekiel Elliott is showing that he wants to MATURE and become a RESPONSIBLE ADULT for all of his ACTIONS. The Cowboys will SURVIVE 5 more games with out Elliott. Elliott is not the entire OFFENSE TEAM, he is only one player. Only time will tell and show if Elliott really does MATURES IN LIFE.

  45. “Nope, that isn’t what they determined. Huge difference between being innocent and the prosecutor not feeling that there was enough evidence to secure a conviction”.

    Shouldn’t have to say this, but; Wrong! In the United States, we have the “presumption of innocence” and have never had to prove anything to own that status (it’s the opposite in Mother Russia. “In Mother Russia you don’t get justice, “justice” gets you!”). Here, the burden is on “qualified” others to prove “guilt beyond reasonable doubt”, and while they are trying, WE maintain the presumption of innocence, a birth right of all US citizens (and anybody else entering a US court of law, even, OMG, immigrants). Why are so many, so ready to dispose of our rights? When they go, this will no longer be America…

    Only a factual finding of “guilty” can remove our innocence (subject to appeal); not some mob related group think of “believing” we are guilty. And this is a widely held false belief in this country now, one I find extremely disturbing when we’re supposed to be a country run by rule of law; not by lynch mobs or tiki torch wielding tribal councils, voting others “off the island” for strategic, gaming purposes…

    QED Prosecutors, the police, or the public at large cannot determine or assign guilt; only a judge or jury can. Until one of those 2 qualified bodies act, we remain “INNOCENT until proven guilty” (now, go write that 500 times on the blackboard). Thank the heavens, and welcome to the real America. There is no substitute; well, unless we throw it all away believing tiki torches are of equal value. NO DEAL.

  46. @limakey you keep bringing up medical evidence but you leave out the fact that of the 2 medical “experts” who were consulted the one who was at the appeal hearing said she “can’t disagree” when another doctor pointed out her work (which was the basis for Zeke’s suspension) was not reliable and it was pointed out in the NFL’s investigation report that she knew it wouldn’t be from the start and the other one lied to the NFL (or the NFL lied to Zeke’s lawyers) claiming she couldn’t make the appeal hearing because she herself was in the hospital and it was found to not be true. So who lied? Her cause she knew the work she put her name on as a medical expert was in fact not reliable? Or the NFL cause she told them the work wasn’t reliable and she didn’t wanna be involved anymore? That medical evidence is one of the biggest holes in this case

  47. I’m NOT for or against but he did act very poorly in the public view which in turn was putting a bigger black eye on the NFL and that’s why the suspension. I personally think it was just his behavior and not about guilt or innocents. The Moore money these guy’s make the more stupid they act.
    “YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID”

  48. So,according to people here, the players didn’t give the commish his powers in exchange for a larger percentage of the revenues. Problem is, they did. They got their money and then try to thwart the other half of the bargain at every turn. Sorry, but I don’t buy all this “victim” talk. A contract has two sides.

  49. Golddiggers won on this one she said she would ruin him and with the help of Goodell she was successful, two police department found she wasn’t telling the truth, the NFL send their own investigator who recommend no suspension until the Great Goodell said no you did it even through everyone said not enough evidence.

  50. magikskillz says:
    November 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    There is a big difference between being accused, being indicted, and being found guilty. Ezekiel Elliot was accused of domestic violence by his ex girlfriend. However, the Columbus District Attorney determined that there was not sufficient evidence to bring him to trial. And thus he was never even indicted. In order to prove guilt you have to be able to prove that the culprit committed the the actions beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case there was ample evidence to suggest that Elliot’s accuser was lying. This evidence includes text messages relating to blackmail. The accuser blatantly asked potential witnesses to lie on her behave. She also was involved in a bar fight which could very well be the cause of her injuries.
    Bottom line is this. It is not possible to prove that Elliot did anything wrong. And that is why he is so upset. Both Elliot and Brady were suspended for not doing anything at all.

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    People need to stop with this false equivalency between being found guilty in a court and being suspended by your boss. I’m not saying Elliott is guilty. I honestly haven’t read much about his case other than knowing the very basic allegations. But, for good reason, it is a very high standard to have enough *admissible* evidence to convict someone in court. For example, if you freely confess to the police that you committed a crime, but the police didn’t read your Miranda rights to you, the state can’t use the confession in court to convict you. Any human being who heard the confession would know for a fact you are guilty, but, because the law has special concerns about how the police interact with suspects, that evidence would be kept out of a trial. If your boss heard the same confession, he’d still be right to fire you, because he is not bound by the rules of a trial court. (Crude analogy: Tom Brady’s pass against the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game was ruled incomplete because of the obscure tuck rule, which was the correct call that the rules required the refs to make, but anyone besides the refs who was watching could plainly see that he was not actually trying to throw the ball, and would be free to decide for themselves what almost certainly happened…which would lead to a very different conclusion than the rules forced the refs to make).

    And I’ll repeat that I am not saying Elliott is guilty. I really don’t know anything about his case. But I think the fact that the DA didn’t go forward with the case only means there is not enough evidence to convict Elliott in court, at which they’d need to show he was guilty beyond any reasonable doubt. That’s not the same as thinking he’s innocent. It just means they don’t have enough admissible evidence to prove it as a certainty. The NFL isn’t held to that very high standard.

  51. I thought Elliott was innocent but then I keep remembering how he pulled that woman’s top down in public. That was shocking to me that he would dare do such a thing, and even more shocking that she didn’t smack him across the face when he did it.
    It showed me he what he thinks about women and how he thinks they can be treated. He should have been suspended 6 games just for doing that. So, I’m glad he’s being suspended whether he’s innocent or guilty in this other case.

  52. thesirknight says:

    November 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Ezekiel Elliott is showing that he wants to MATURE and become a RESPONSIBLE ADULT for all of his ACTIONS. The Cowboys will SURVIVE 5 more games with out Elliott. Elliott is not the entire OFFENSE TEAM, he is only one player. Only time will tell and show if Elliott really does MATURES IN LIFE.

    Without Elliott this team becomes one dimensional. Yes Dak can run but that is with the help of Zeke and spreading the offense. Dallas will be lucky to win 3 of the next 5 games. 2-4 at best during the suspension.

  53. Not enough evidence to warrant an indictment yet this kid loses his job for a month and a half, even after the NFL’s own investigator recommends no suspension. This is bigger than the Cowboys, Zeke and even Tom Brady. Which team does the league go after next?

  54. Not enough evidence to warrant an indictment yet this kid loses his job for a month and a half, even after the NFL’s own investigator recommends no suspension.
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    Here is the problem, the NFLs investigator is paid to investigate nothing else. The investigator stepped out of line in making any recommendation at all.

    Remember the OJ trial? Not convicted of the murder but lost the civil suit because the burden of proof is much less for civil suits? Yeah, the burden of proof is even less for suspending a player for “Conduct detrimental”.

  55. Workplace issue … nothing at all to do with the legal system. Amazing that people still can’t understand this.

  56. they convicted him without proving it basically. Look, he deserved a suspension but 6 games is too much. Further, it has shown that the NFL will cast assumptions not based on evidence but rather public opinion. This should scare every American to their core. Fairness is just as important as accountability.

  57. redlikethepig says:

    November 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Workplace issue … nothing at all to do with the legal system. Amazing that people still can’t understand this.

    _______

    You’ve been so quiet lately… All pre-season and early season just bashing the birds. Now you chirp about Zeke? Go back to hibernating mate… EAGLES 8-1 Redskins 4-5. Yeah yeah, our case is empty… not for long!

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