Federal Judge Grants Ezekiel Elliott Temporary Restraining Order
by 9 September 2017, 9:42 AM
Just last month the Dallas Cowboys received some bad news when it was announced that their star running back Ezekiel Elliott would miss the first six games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Elliott later appealed the suspension, and now it is likely that Elliott will play the entire season.
According to The MMQB’s Albert Breer, Elliott’s request for a temporary restraining order for the six-game suspension was granted on Friday by United States district judge Amos L. Mazzant III. Elliott is eligible to play until the legal process is finished. He was already cleared to play Week 1 until the temporary restraining order ruling. But now with a pending injunction, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Elliott could very well play this entire season.
Elliott’s attorneys said in a statement, “We are very pleased that Mr. Elliott will finally be given the opportunity to have an impartial decision-maker carefully examine the NFL’s misconduct. This is just the beginning of the unveiling of the NFL’s mishandling as it relates to Mr. Elliott’s suspension.”
Back in August the NFL announced Elliott’s six-game suspension after a year long investigation into domestic violence allegations by Elliott’s ex-girlfriend. Following that initial ruling, Elliott released this statement:
He was never criminally charged, but the league upheld the suspension after Elliott’s appeal. The NFL released a statement on Friday saying, “We strongly believe that the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner’s decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout.”