A federal appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations on Thursday, siding with the league in the latest high-profile fight over its ability to punish players for off-field behavior.
A three-judge panel heard arguments on the case on October 2. Henderson upheld Elliott's suspension, and Elliott's representatives petitioned Judge Amos Mazzant in the Eastern District Court of Texas for an emergency injunction that would lift Elliott's suspension until a decision was reached on the court case.
This issue has been hanging over Elliott and the Cowboys' since July 2016 when a former girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence.
The NFL filed in the NY court because it is the home of league headquarters and was the site of Elliott's appeal hearing with Henderson. In its ruling, the 5th Circuit agreed with league attorneys who argued that Elliott prematurely sued the league September 1. The parties contracted to have an arbitrator make a final decision.
What does this mean for Elliott?
"The District Court, therefore, lacked subject matter jurisdiction when it issued the preliminary injunction".
Elliott has denied all the allegations that he beat his accuser, Tiffany Thompson, but clearly the National Football League does not agree with his defense. Henderson ruled against Elliott the same day Mazzant heard arguments over the injunction. The league has argued that Goodell's decision, based on a report compiled by investigators Kia Roberts and Lisa Friel, met the requirements of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players, which requires only that the commissioner find "credible evidence" in order to suspend a player. The NFL filed in NY and they thought this would help them win this case having it away from Elliott's home state of Texas. "So this is not over yet, particularly with the bye week, that Elliott will not serve the suspension". In the most prominent, the Tom Brady "Deflategate" case, Brady secured an injunction, allowing him to play the entire 2015 season.