Court clears way for six-game sus­pen­sion of Cow­boys’ El­liott

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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 be­hav­iour.

In a 2-1 de­ci­sion, the 5th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals panel in New Or­leans granted the league’s emer­gency re­quest to set aside an in­junc­tion and or­dered a dis­trict court in Texas to dis­miss El­liott’s case.

The case may not be done yet and fur­ther ap­peals were pos­si­ble.

One of El­liott’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

A fed­eral judge in Texas had is­sued an in­junc­tion that blocked the sus­pen­sion last month, agree­ing with NFL play­ers’ union at­tor­neys who ar­gued that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the al­le­ga­tions in Ohio and a sub­se­quent ap­peal were un­fair to El­liott, one of the league’s stand­out run­ning backs. The Cow­boys have a bye this week­end.

The NFL coun­tered that it fol­lowed pro­ce­dures un­der the league’s labour deal and that the union im­prop­erly filed a law­suit be­fore the ap­peals process was com­plete.

The most likely des­ti­na­tion for fur­ther le­gal chal­lenges from play­ers’ union at­tor­neys rep­re­sent­ing El­liott is with the South­ern Dis­trict of New York. The NFL filed in that fed­eral court af­ter El­liott’s NFL ap­peal was de­nied by arbitrator Harold Hen­der­son last month.

If El­liott’s le­gal team can’t put the sus­pen­sion on hold again, it will be­gin Oct. 22 at San Fran­cisco. El­liott played the first five games while the case was in the courts.

El­liott was sus­pended in Au­gust by com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell af­ter the league con­cluded fol­low­ing a year­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion that he had sev­eral phys­i­cal con­fronta­tions in the sum­mer of 2016 with Tif­fany Thomp­son, his girl­friend at the time.

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