March 22, 2018

National Football League stands by its premature suspension of Ezekiel Elliott

07 September 2017, 02:08 | Kristopher Drake

National Football League stands by its premature suspension of Ezekiel Elliott

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Elliott's suspension is upheld, but there's now the running back's restraining order which was filed against the league that still has to be decided on.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision comes after last week's three-day appeal hearing that included sworn testimony from Elliott regarding domestic violence accusations made against him a year ago.

The NFL first suspended the 22-year old for violating the league's personal conduct policy last month.

Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for 6 games by the National Football League, but after an appeals hearing, is awaiting a ruling on whether it will stand. However, it had also been reported that Elliott might be eligible to play in Week 1 if there was no decision reached by a certain time on Tuesday afternoon.

Elliott's legal team filed a lawsuit in federal court on September 1, asking Henderson to vacate all punishment. In regard to new evidence presented by Elliott's counsel during the appeal, Henderson found it wasn't significant enough to warrant overturning Goodell's decision. Tiffany Thompson, Elliott's ex-girlfriend, said the Cowboys star physically abused her on multiple occasions in July 2016.

If Elliott were to accept his suspension outright, it would begin in Week 2 - but as expected, he is fighting the ruling.

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Both oddsmakers indicated no changes would be made to the Cowboys' Super Bowl and other future odds until a final ruling on Elliott's appeal is announced. If the request is denied and no further legal action is taken, Elliott's suspension would start in Week 2 at Denver, and he would be eligible to return November 5 against Kansas City.

Elliott and his attorney filed for a #Temporary Restraining Order so that the NFL's ruling would be blocked until the matter is settled in federal court.

Earlier in the week, the Giants had no idea if Elliott would play or be forced to sit out and they insisted their preparation was the same either way.

The lawsuit calls the NFL's appeals process "fundamentally unfair" and accuses NFL Senior Vice President of Investigations Lisa Friel of withholding information, according to the Associated Press.

Following the announcement that Elliott would play in Week 1, the Cowboys saw their home odds increase to four points over the Giants. Prosecutors did not pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence. U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III will determine if the suspension can be postponed while he reviews the petition. If approved, that would effectively stop the league from enforcing a six-game suspension, The Associated Press reports. It's still unknown which of these two backs might get more of the carries on Sunday should Elliott not participate.

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