Ezekiel Elliott granted injunction, halting NFL from imposing suspension
Ezekiel Elliott has scored a major legal victory against the NFL.
A Texas district court has granted the Dallas Cowboys running back’s request for a temporary restraining order as well as a preliminary injunction, which will stop the NFL from imposing a six-game suspension for the foreseeable future — likely the entire season — until the matter is fully resolved in court.
BREAKING: Ezekiel Elliott wins injunction from Texas court. NFL barred from imposing suspension for duration of lawsuit (likely all season).
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) September 8, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott not only got the TRO, but he got the injunction as well.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 8, 2017
Per the ruling, the court ruled that Elliott was denied a fair hearing due to the lack of testimony from both commissioner Roger Goodell and Elliott’s alleged victim Tiffany Thompson during the appeals process.
Judge: Elliott was denied a fundamentally fair hearing by Henderson’s
refusal to allow Thompson and Goodell to testify at the arbitration
— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) September 8, 2017
The NFLPA had filed the lawsuit last week on Elliott’s behalf.
As noted, this likely ensures that Elliott will be free to play out the season, as legal proceedings stemming from this decision are unlikely to conclude before it ends. It is a major legal victory for him, the Cowboys, and the NFLPA, and another embarrassing black eye for the NFL and its disciplinary process.