Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Federal court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

Federal court reinstates Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension

A federal appeals court has reportedly overturned a district court's decision in the Ezekiel Elliott case today, meaning the 22-year old stud running back's six-game suspension has been reinstated.

Elliott had filed his suit after arbitration proceedings had been completed, but before the arbiter actually came down with a decision.

If Elliott's legal team can't put the suspension on hold again, it will begin October 22 at San Francisco.

On Thursday afternoon, the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the NFL. "As there was no final decision, Elliott had not yet exhausted the contracted-for remedies". So the league also took its motion to the 5th Circuit appellate court as a backup plan, claiming Mazzant lacked jurisdiction.

What does this mean for Elliott?

However, the NFLPA is expected to re-file the case with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY and seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in order to keep Elliott playing, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. Mazzant ruled in favor of the NFLPA, saying in his decision that the National Football League did not give Elliott a "fundamentally fair hearing". The league has argued that Goodell's decision, based on a report compiled by investigators Kia Roberts and Lisa Friel, met the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players, which requires only that the commissioner find "credible evidence" in order to suspend a player. The league won its Deflate-gate case against Tom Brady in that court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit eventually enforced his four-game suspension, requiring him to serve it at the beginning of the 2016 season. Henderson upheld Elliott's suspension, and Elliott's representatives petitioned Judge Amos Mazzant in the Eastern District Court of Texas for an emergency injunction that would lift Elliott's suspension until a decision was reached on the court case.

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