Ezekiel Elliott’s legal team: Harold Henderson unable “to navigate through legal politics”

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Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal team had a statement ready, obviously expecting arbiter Harold Henderson to uphold the six-game suspension the NFL imposed on the star running back.

Only minutes after Henderson rendered his decision, near the end of a court hearing in Sherman, Texas, Elliott’s attorneys reacted, via ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

“We received arbitrator Harold Henderson’s decision to uphold Mr. Elliott’s suspension of six games. We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson’s inability to navigate through legal politics, and follow the evidence, and, most importantly, his conscious. The evidence that Mr. Elliott and his team presented on appeal clearly demonstrated that Mr. Elliott was the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the National Football League and its officers to keep exonerating evidence from the decision-makers, including the advisors and Roger Goodell. The only just decision was to overturn the suspension in its entirety. Mr. Elliott is looking forward to having his day in federal court where the playing field will be level and the NFL will have to answer for its unfair and unjust practices.”

Judge Amos L. Mazzaint III is expected to rule by Friday on the preliminary injunction motion, per a source.

71 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott’s legal team: Harold Henderson unable “to navigate through legal politics”

  1. Oh man this just keeps getting better and better.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to find out Jerry orchestrated this from the beginning.
    – Send a message to one of his players who needs it.
    – Create some friction between Goodell and himself to dispel rumours that Goodell does JJ’s bidding.
    – Create more salacious drama in the No Fun League.

    I’m a long-suffering Cowboys fan, and as crazy as everything I just said sounds, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  2. youafool says:
    September 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Jerry about to get buck wild with the lawyers


    The lawyers had no say in this. The leagues “independent” arbitrator had the final say.

  3. Henderson works for the NFL, maybe not in an official capacity, but Goodell chooses this guy every time there’s an appeal ,how else was he going to rule on it ? The NFL and Goodell’s power has become too big and they need to fall and fall down hard.

  4. Why do my GIANTS have to open up in Dallas every year ? And they say the schedule is a random thing !

  5. The season hasn’t even started and I’m already over it. Goodwill is killing the NFL with his crusades.

  6. According to the 2nd circuit, the NFL can do whatever they want as long as they at least try to make it look legitimate. The court even said they don’t have to be right. Go read the ruling again if you forgot. No way Zeke wins this. He may delay it, but in the end, it will be served. You can thank the crooked NY judges for that.

  7. That’s code for: Even though the Union agreed to make the Commish Judge Jury and executioner….. we will whine like little babies when we don’t get our way

  8. “In the end the NFL will look very stupid……again, and again, and again.”

    The NFL is in a no win situation. Let him walk, then all the evidence, photos of her bruises and text messages she sent to family saying Zeke hit her right when it happened will begin to appear on TMZ and blow up in their face. People will shout “The NFL saw all this evidence but they let him go because Goodell wanted to help out his friend Jerry Jones”.

    If the NFL punishes him like they have, all the opposing evidence will leak and they will look incompetent and like they are on a witch hunt.

    Each side has a legit case here so it is what it is…

  9. There was no way Henderson would go against Goodell’s decision, he’s the guy that hired him and keeps him around to suck money directly out of the owners’ pockets. Those two are like a blood-sucking mosquito peas in the same pod. The only fair field is in the confines of a federal courtroom.

  10. The Irony in all this is if the NFL decided to properly carry out an investigation against Ray Rice, they most likely would have discovered the infamous tape and levied a correct punishment, rather than the 2 game which received backlash and kicked off the policy against domestic violence…which has led to ANOTHER botched investigation where we have a witness deemed non-credible by the only person who interviewed her, no criminal charges, photos and texts messeges either alluding to or exonerating Zeke depending on which texts you read…essentially the NFL learned how to over investigate something to find enough evidence to stick to a hypothesis, rather than finding enough evidence to actually prove anything…all this because they DIDN’T find enough evidence on a case that they under investigated.

  11. I love a good conspiracy theory no matter how far fetched. What if Henderson was going to vacate the suspension but Roger hit up Jerrah and asked if he’d get Zeke to sue in court. Judge tosses suspension NFL doesn’t put up a fight and then they don’t have to be the ones to bail.

  12. @brainboos

    And almost everyone who loathes the NFL for situations and decisions like this will continue to contribute to ratings every week. Total hypocrisy.

  13. Based on viewing the ESPN article, it appears that the lawyers may indeed have said “conscious,” rather than what I would assume they meant: “conscience.” But somehow, it bothers me that Zeke’s lawyers struggle with the English language.

  14. I love it when the league issues decisions.

    As always, each decision simply provides more evidence of their intellectual and moral bankruptcy.

    The end will come

  15. “The season hasn’t even started and I’m already over it. Goodwill is killing the NFL with his crusades. ”

    …Goodell is killing the NFL. Autocorrection killed my post.

  16. I think they meant “his conscience.” Unfortunately, this is part and parcel of today’s liberal law – which means, not law but feelings.

  17. Like Brady Zeke didn’t fully cooperate. Zeke didn’t allow family members and friends to testify and only provided redacted text logs, not the actual texts.

  18. Fast forward a year. NFL wins and Zeke sits out. And Zeke probably looks really bad when everything comes out in court. Glad he’s a Cowboy.

  19. So let me get this straight people commenting here believe The NFL were 100% out to get Elliott? Why? Logic doesn’t follow on this for me. This means they fabricated information and excluded other information to suspend one of the NFL’s biggest stars??? I simply don’t believe that. It hurts ratings for The Cowboys and The NFL in general. So looking from the outside they have sufficient solid information and evidence that he is guilty. Goodell doesn’t go out of his way to do that no matter how much people dislike him.

  20. I hate Zeke, hate his school, hate his team, hate his owner and I THINK he did do something to that woman. But everyone comes out looking bad in this. The NFL screwed up, again, badly. I could go on and on about how the NFL screwed this up but I’m sure you’ve all read the same articles I have.

    The ONLY good thing that could from this, is the fact that, like it or not, Jerry is a very influential owner and this could be the start of getting rid of Goodell and saving football.

    So for this one time and one time only. Go Cowboys and Go Jerry.

  21. ‘clearly demonstrated that Mr. Elliott was the victim of a conspiracy orchestrated by the National Football League’


    Way to put another target on your back

  22. “Mr. Henderson’s inability to navigate through legal politics, and follow the evidence, and, most importantly, his conscious.”

    Ummmm….it’s “conscience”…..but what do I know…I just have a high school education. One thing I do know is that another gold digger is being backed by the NFL out of fear (of being accused of turning a blind eye) but they are backing a scam artist.

    And….BTW….I’m not a Cowboys fan and I root for Jerry Jones to be penniless one day.

  23. Is anyone else beginning to hate the NFL? I’ve gone from a guy who attends several games per season and watches almost every live game to someone who hates the NFL.

    Between the stupid “disrespect the flag/anthem to protest for more respect” to idiotic judgments like this, the NFL is digging their own grave.

  24. “We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson’s inability to navigate through legal politics, and follow the evidence, and, most importantly, his CONSCIOUS.”

    They had that READY? Great. Zeke’s being represented by morons.

  25. Pats were right, the discipline process is a total joke, where the verdict is reached before the investigation. Reminds me of another investigation where we learned the verdict was in before all the information was gathered.

  26. The fact that Elliott’s legal team doesn’t like the decision does not mean that Henderson failed to “navigate through the legal politics”.

    I dare say that is Elliott’s lawyers that failed to “navigate through the legal politics”.

    The NFLPA agreed to the terms of the CBA that gives Goodell free reign of the processs.

    And anyone that doesn’t understand that Elliott is a deeply troubled young man with problems is just sticking their head in the sand. He needs a wakeup call. I’m not saying that this will wake him up, but maybe he will learn something.

  27. I get all the I told you so from the Patriots fans but the Saints got screwed first. Then the Cowboys and Redskins, and then the Patriots. Bountygate was a farce. Cap penalties in an uncapped year was a farce. Suspending Brady with no evidence was a farce. In short the F in NFL no longer stands for football. National Farce League is more appropriate.

  28. psljax says:
    September 6, 2017 at 6:06 am

    Nothing will change until the head of the snake gets cut off.

    That snake has 32 heads.

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