Dallas Cowboys' RB Ezekiel Elliott: "I Finally Get A Fair Trial"

US judge clears path for Elliott to play games

US judge clears path for Elliott to play games

A U.S. federal judge granted on Friday a request by Dallas Cowboys player Ezekiel Elliott for a temporary restraining order to stave off the implementation of a six-game suspension.

That was not settled with the injunction on Friday, and no matter how many courts the National Football League and the players union battle in, no matter how long it takes to render a final decision on whether he will miss games, it may never be settled.

The league also filed for an emergency stay of the injunction in an effort to speed up a federal appeals process that typically takes months to reach a resolution. The NFL would then have until Friday to respond to arguments from Elliott's legal team before Mazzant rules on the motion, presumably next week. The league also said the appeal process was consistent with its personal conduct policy.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league was reviewing the decision and would discuss its next steps with attorneys, including possible appeals in district court and with the USA 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mazzant's ruling took aim at appeal hearing officer Harold Henderson and the National Football League, saying decisions not to allow Goodell and Thompson to testify at the appeal were among several factors unfair to Elliott.

According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the minimum suspension a player is required to serve in any physical violence incident is six games, but junior Trent Cormacchione disagrees with Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling.

The judge also faulted the league for what he saw as several efforts to hide the opinion of co-lead investigator Kia Roberts.

The NFL has yet to respond other than issuing a statement disagreeing with the ruling.

-The NFL disregarded the findings of its own investigator that the alleged victim's "accusations were incredible, inconsistent, and without corroborating evidence to sufficiently support any discipline against Elliott".

"Well I expect him to play Sunday".

"It's always important for us to establish the run", Elliott said. The legal battle is simply over the disciplinary process. It wasn't until late in the second quarter, when a play-action fake to Elliott enabled Dak Prescott to find a wide open Jason Witten for a touchdown, that the threat of his running ability paid off.

Elliott is 22 years old and has the talent to be a Hall of Fame running back. There are plenty of things they can still cleanup and get better at, but overall it was an impressive start.

Elliott was accused of domestic violence by a former girlfriend but police and prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio did not file charges. The home crowd was certainly excited to see him on the field, but the looming stigma remained over the Running Back. Manning was sacked three times and hurried four more, and NY had just 35 yards rushing.

"It is what it is", said Elliott after the Cowboys win Sunday night, of all the league wheeling and dealing.

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