Ezekiel Elliott loses in appeals court; clearing way for suspension


The six game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence was reinstated Thursday afternoon.

According to ESPN, the three-judge panel voted to 2-1 to back the NFL's argument against the Dallas Cowboys running back.

The case will essentially start all over again, but will now move from Texas to NY, where Elliott has 10 days to refile his motion to fight the suspension. One of Elliott's representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

A federal appeals court made a ruling today. essentially throwing out a lower court's ruling that allowed Zeke to play.

After NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the six-game suspension in August, Elliott's camp appealed to the league. Before Henderson reached a decision - but after he heard the appeal - the NFLPA, expecting the worst, filed a lawsuit against the league in a federal court in Texas.

The NFL filed in the NY court because it is the home of league headquarters and was the site of Elliott's appeal hearing with Henderson.

The circuit court's ruling does not mean Elliott's fight is over.

Elliott has denied all the allegations that he beat his accuser, Tiffany Thompson, but clearly the National Football League does not agree with his defense.

When the union filed its case in defense of Elliott in Texas, the N.F.L. filed a separate motion in the Southern District of NY, where it argued that that court was the appropriate venue for the league and players to settle their disputes. In that scenario, you're thrown back to square one and the only place this could be heard now is in the southern district of NY, which is the court that Zeke and Elliott's people definitely wanted to avoid.

The league won the "Deflategate" decision in the NY court, leading to New England quarterback Tom Brady serving his four-game suspension a year after it was originally imposed.