Elliott files emergency motion, Jones criticizes Goodell
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[November 01, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Another
day, another move in the Ezekiel Elliott case as Tuesday saw the NFL
Players Association file an emergency motion for an injunction
appeal on behalf of the Dallas Cowboys running back.
The filing comes one day after Judge Katherine Polk Failla denied
the request for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of New York. Failla stayed her ruling for 24
hours to give Elliott's side a chance to appeal.
Failla's decision reinstated Elliott's six-game suspension from the
NFL due to domestic violence allegations.
Tuesday's motion from the NFLPA requests for a delay of the ruling
so Elliott can appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It
also asked for a ruling by 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said
Elliott is paying for the mistakes made by NFL commissioner Roger
Goodell on the heels of Ray Rice's domestic violence situation in
"Zeke is a victim of an overcorrection," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan
Jones' comments come one day after Elliott lost his bid for a
preliminary injunction that would have stayed the NFL's six-game
suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Elliott will not be on the field again until Dec. 17 against the
Oakland Raiders, pending a successful appeal.
"(Goodell's) swing of judgment has been unbelievable from the Ray
Rice thing (from) one or two games all the way up to a six-game
suspension when you truly have got a debate," Jones said. "Even this
judge said it shows that very reasonably people could possibly come
down on both sides of this. Well, under our legal system it has to
be stronger than that for someone to have done it. Now, we all know
we were not there to see it, but I do have every point of contention
on both sides and in our system in this country, Zeke would not have
any issue here as to his work place.
"With the knowledge that I have, the circumstances aren't treating
him fair. Two years ago this wouldn't be an issue, before Ray Rice."
Rice initially was banned two games but was later suspended
indefinitely when a video of the incident emerged. Jones contends
the league's change in stance when it came to Elliott was to appeal
to the public.
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) prior to the game
against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium, Oct 8, 2017;
Arlington, TX, USA. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY
"They swung from where this, two years ago by the same collective
bargaining agreement, in my mind, (Elliott) would be playing," Jones
said. "Now he goes to where he's got the extreme penalty of six. Now
there's a bigger penalty. You can be suspended. But still this is
the max ... Anybody that has really looked at the facts of the case,
has really looked at it, knows there was divisive and difference of
opinion within the league itself."
Failla said Elliott and his NFL Players Association legal team
failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the
extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief, forcing him to begin his
six-game suspension immediately.
Moreover, the court ruled that the NFL was fair in its investigation
and arbitration process per the terms of the collective bargaining
agreement and the league's personal conduct policy.
Elliott, who currently ranks third in the league in rushing with 690
yards, had a career-high 33 carries for 150 yards in Sunday's 33-19
victory against the Washington Redskins. It was his third straight
100-yard game and third career game over 150 yards dating back to
The Cowboys (4-3) will go with Alfred Morris, Rod Smith and Darren
McFadden in place of the suspended Elliott.
(Filed by Steve Keating in Toronto.)
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