Court Rules In Favor Of NFL, Restores Zeke Elliott’s 6-Game Suspension

Zeke Elliott’s efforts to escape the 6-game suspension the NFL and Roger Goodell handed him before the season have taken a blow. The 5th Circuit Court ruled in favor of the NFL, but the legal jiu-jitsu is just getting started. If Elliott is on your fantasy squad, don’t panic just yet.

This decision takes us back to square one: can Zeke get an injunction to prevent the NFL from enforcing the suspension? All the 5th Circuit Court did was nullify the original injunction because Elliott and his lawyers filed it too early.

Now the matter will be handled by the Southern District in New York, the same court that presided over Tom Brady’s deflategate case. All this decision means is that the NFL won home field advantage for the big showdown, as Brady’s case will now be used as precedent, and the courts are big on precedent.

Of course, Week 6 happens to be the Cowboys’ bye week, so Elliott’s legal team has 10 days to file the requisite paperwork to keep Elliott in legal limbo and on the field. It’s good to have lawyer money…

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Legal mumbo jumbo aside, this protracted feud between the NFL and one of its a biggest stars is not a good look for any party involved. It’s the second year in a row that the NFL has opted to go after a big-name player in a dogged, quasi-arbitrary fashion that borders on witch hunt.

You want to bring the hammer down on somebody? Hit Greg Hardy with a lifetime ban. Granted, it’s a little late for that, but what he did is far worse than what Zeke Elliott may or may not have done.

The NFL has a tricky balancing act here. It doesn’t actually care what its players do off the field, but it has to pretend it does to mitigate public outrage, lest the money get f**ked up.

Social media has turned public outrage into an unpredictable beast. Public outrage used to manifest itself in marches, protests; public displays of discontent. But now that people can be outraged from the comfort of their own homes, it’s likes and retweets that catalyze action.

Clearly, the NFL hasn’t figured out to cope with this new reality. It’s no easy task, but whatever their strategy is — it isn’t working. The only people winning here are the lawyers, who keep racking up billable hours as this ridiculous charade continues.