Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott acknowledged the appeals process has been “a little tiring,” but he is not ready to end his fight with the NFL over a six-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy.
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Although Elliott was not charged by Columbus, Ohio, authorities, the NFL said it had “persuasive” evidence that he committed domestic violence against a former girlfriend on multiple occasions in the summer of 2016.
Updates over this week with Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL
On Tuesday, Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order by a New York judge, which will allow Elliott to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The hearing for an injunction is set to be heard on or before Oct. 30.
“There’s been a lot of hard work, and it’s definitely a tough job, but they’ve served me well,” Elliott said of his legal team.
If Elliott wins the injunction, he could be eligible to play for the remainder of the season; however, the possibility exists that he could serve the suspension in 2018.
“It’s been so many ups and downs, lefts and rights, that you don’t really know what’s coming up next,” Elliott said. “You just got to take it day by day and be ready for whatever is going to be needed.”
He had a conversation with coach Jason Garrett after the ruling was announced. Several teammates said they were glad to learn Elliott will be back, even if it might just temporary.
“It’s great to have him back,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “Any chance we get with him in the backfield we’re going to take it. It’s an exciting week. If he’s playing, we’re obviously happy to have him.”
Elliott is glad to have the support of his teammates.
“We’re a very close group,” Elliott said. “We’ve talked about it many a time and that’s what family is for, that’s what a brotherhood is for, just to reach out. My teammates have done a great job picking me up when I’m down and making sure I’m able to stay focused and be the running back I need to be for this team.”
Rumors of a behind the scenes settlement?
Both Zeke and the NFL have discussed multiple times the possibility of a face-saving settlement over his six-game suspension, The Dallas Morning New reported, citing unidentified sources.
One of the Morning News’ sources asserts that there has been “dialogue behind the scenes … after each court ruling along the way” in the long-running dispute that has bounced from courts in Texas and Louisiana to now New York.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Crotty granted Elliott a temporary restraining order this week, and the ruling in the Southern District of New York ordered the sides to meet with another judge in Manhattan before the end of October to determine the status of a preliminary injunction.
A decision by Judge Katherine Failla likely would determine whether Elliott, who will be allowed to play at least this week and next, will begin serving his suspension during this season — or if the legal wrangling will be pushed into the offseason before being settled.
This story is continuing to develop. One thing is for certain. It is my firm belief that Elliott will not give up this fight. Even a settlement will still label him as a domestic abuser in the yes of the public. Not a good look for his brand and marketability in the future.
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