NFLPA will pay Elliott’s legal fees, unless he wants his own lawyer

AP

Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal fight may ultimately cost him nothing.

From the appeal through any litigation, the NFL Players Association will be shouldering the financial burden arising from the effort, with one caveat. If Elliott chooses his own lawyer, Elliott will be on his own financially.

The NFLPA has had plenty of success with its own lawyers. Five years ago, it was litigation pressure from the NFLPA that ultimately forced Commissioner Roger Goodell to delegate the appeals of the Saints players suspended in the bounty scandal to an independent arbitrator. And the independent arbitrator — former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue — overturned the suspensions.

The lawyer(s) ultimately calling the shots for Elliott have an important decision to make, sooner than later. With the league rushing to file a lawsuit in a favorable forum two years ago upon denying the appeal of Tom Brady‘s suspension, the league may be ready to do the same thing with Elliott. So maybe Elliott should do it first, picking the location and the judge and launching the attack on the league’s inherently flawed judge-jury-executioner procedures now.

9 responses to “NFLPA will pay Elliott’s legal fees, unless he wants his own lawyer

  1. In the wrong or not, he has a right to proper representation, nothing wrong with that.

  2. If I were Zeke and if I were innocent ( I said if )then I’d slap down a copy of Ayrin Mason’s sworn affidavit along with the other witness’s testimony that exonerates me and sue the NFL and Goodell for slander. Being labeled an abuser when (if) he’s not is a tough thing to live with the rest of your life. Forget the suspension, he might lose that fight, but the NFL can’t prove he did this so therefore should not label him as a domestic abuser.

  3. His dad is a big talker and wants to be a part of his legal team it seems, let him pay the bill. Oh, wait, riding his son’s coattails doesn’t pay anything does it. You want that new car Stacy you better let the NFLPA chose the lawyer so Zeke doesn’t have to spend the money.

  4. Not sure why people keep bringing up the fact that he was never charged. The NFL doesn’t have the burden of proof needed that the police and prosecutors do. Obviously the prosecutor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to get a guilty verdict, that’s why he was never charged. Because there wasn’t enough evidence for that doesn’t mean something didn’t happen.

  5. mysportsrumors says:
    August 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    Not sure why people keep bringing up the fact that he was never charged. The NFL doesn’t have the burden of proof needed that the police and prosecutors do. Obviously the prosecutor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to get a guilty verdict, that’s why he was never charged. Because there wasn’t enough evidence for that doesn’t mean something didn’t happen.

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    NO, the NFL doesnt need the same standards as legal system does to convict, but what the league had essentially done here is label him an abuser. The have slapped the domestic violence tag on someone that might actually be innocent of it. I cant go around proclaiming someone is a pedophile if I have no proof and they have not been adjudicated as such. The league looked at this case and said….well…..We believe her more than you….so youre an abuser….problem is….you need more than “I think” to give someone a harsh label like that.

  6. mysportsrumors says:
    August 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm
    Not sure why people keep bringing up the fact that he was never charged. The NFL doesn’t have the burden of proof needed that the police and prosecutors do. Obviously the prosecutor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to get a guilty verdict, that’s why he was never charged. Because there wasn’t enough evidence for that doesn’t mean something didn’t happen.

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    That is not why he wasn’t charged. He wasn’t charged because they didn’t believe the victim based on what witnesses told them.

    Without witnesses or an admission of guilt by Elliott, there is no crime to bring charges towards.

    Get it?

  7. That is not why he wasn’t charged. He wasn’t charged because they didn’t believe the victim based on what witnesses told them.

    Without witnesses or an admission of guilt by Elliott, there is no crime to bring charges towards.

    Get it?

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    “The Columbus city prosecutor said he didn’t believe that he could make a case because of conflicting and inconsistent information.”

    Doesn’t mean he didnt believe the victim, it means he doesn’t think he can get the guilty verdict.

    Bottom line is none of us know all the evidence either.

  8. I don’t know if anyone else is getting to the point I’m at: getting sick & tired of all the zeke stories, as if there is absolutely nothing else goin on in the NFL. It has replaced a (hopefully) decline in the krapernick nonsense.

    In any case, I can’t wait for the season to start and start reading about the successes & failures of the teams actual purpose – to provide with some Sunday (Mon, Thur, Sat) escapism & fun!

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