Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is now in effect, confirmed National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart. Lawyers from the NFLPA representing Elliott could ask the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY - the same venue as New England quarterback Tom Brady's Deflategate case - to issue an injunction.
A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month. That after the league concluded Elliott violated their personal conduct policy following a year-long investigation into alleged domestic violence incidents from July of 2016.
Elliott appealed, but his suspension was upheld.
As a result, Elliott's suspension will begin effective immediately.
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Some links have a pay wall or require a subscription. Elliott and the NFLPA are expected to either file an amended lawsuit in district court or ask for a rehearing or an en banc panel hearing with the 5th Circuit, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. That issue and a slew of others will now likely be heard by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY, the venue in which the league has filed suit to confirm Elliott's suspension. "The "fundamental fairness' issue and the irreparable haven't diminished with time".
"If he refiles in Texas, the National Football League still has their jurisdictional argument and they have already filed a suit in NY, so they beat him to that courthouse", Weinstein said.
"Mr. Elliott is now suspended", Lockhart said. In its ruling, the 5th Circuit agreed with league attorneys who argued that Elliott prematurely sued the league September 1.
If Elliott serves his suspension, he would miss games against the 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. He would be eligible to play again on November 30 at home against Washington, a Thursday night game the week after Thanksgiving. Because the opinion dismissed Elliott's case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, the fight over his underlying claims remain undecided. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.