Elliott wins injunction from Texas court, will play for duration of lawsuit

Tricia Pearson
September 10, 2017

Regardless of what happens in court on Friday, Elliott will play on Sunday in the Cowboys' Week 1 matchup with the New York Giants.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was granted a preliminary injunction from Texas federal judge Amos L. Mazzant III on Friday, which prevents the National Football League from imposing its six-game personal conduct ban on Elliott until the battle between the National Football League and NFLPA is settled. In October of 2016, Elliott rushed for 138 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown against the 49ers. That didn't turn out to be the case with the six-game ban upheld.

Elliott was suspended for six games of the regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy stemming from domestic violence allegations previous year. Their absence. effectively deprived Elliott of any chance to have a fundamentally fair hearing.

The domestic abuse allegations against Elliott come from a woman who describes herself as his ex-girlfriend.

No facts of whether or not Elliott committed the violence is up for discussion in this court case.

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"We just learned of the Honorable Amos Mazzant's decision to grant Mr. Elliott's request for a preliminary injunction staying the NFL's six-game suspension". Elliott appealed the decision, but arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the suspension Tuesday. "But, the court found that the entire process - from the investigation through the arbitration hearing - was fundamentally unfair and presented the rare case where a court could overturn an arbitration decision". It seems that the league chose to punish Elliott for not cooperating more than anything, and Mazzant took issue with how the league went about suspending Elliott.

The alleged victim claims that the running back assaulted her on five separate occasions over the course of a week in July of 2016, according to the Columbus City Attorney's Office. The judge's full ruling can be read here.

The NFL can appeal the decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, but a source tells WFAA they're not likely to win.

In a sense, the league will arguing in that specific hearing that NY, the actually home of the NFL league office, takes prescendece over the state of Texas in cases of arbitration under the collective bargaining agreement. Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's Director of Investigations, reportedly testified during this week's appeal that she recommended no suspension for Zeke.

The NFL issued a public statement in the wake of the court's decision, reiterating its belief that "the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner's decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout".

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