Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Injunction
In what should come as no surprise to anyone, Roger Goodell’s NFL has asked a federal appeals court to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott’s lawsuit against the league, thereby lifting the Dallas running back’s injunction and allowing the NFL to suspend him for six games for violating their personal conduct policy. US District Judge Amos Mazzant granted the injunction on the Ezekiel Elliott suspension before Week 1 of the NFL season, stating that “Elliott did not receive a fundamentally fair hearing” from the NFL.
Given the social justice activism and general political atmosphere of the 2017-2018 NFL season so far, it’s more than ironic that Goodell, a newly-outspoken champion of individual liberty, would continue to fight so hard to deny his players (or wards, as he surely sees them) the most basic pretenses of fundamental due process. The government declined to charge Elliott with any crime based on “conflicting evidence.” The NFL’s allegedly impartial investigators, of course, found all they needed to suspend the kid and strip millions of dollars from his rookie contract.
If the NFL’s motion to lift the injunction is granted, the Ezekiel Elliott suspension could be enforced as early as this weekend, causing the star to miss Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams. The Cowboys are currently only 6-point favorites against the Rams and their 29th-ranked rushing defense, so they need all the ground game they can muster. And even though Elliott is off to an understandably slow start with only 192 yards and one touchdown through three games, he figures to feature prominently against LA if he’s allowed to suit up for Week 4.
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