It’s Deflategate all over again, but without a catchy name. #ZekeGate? #CowboysVsGoodell?
Something like that.
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for violating the leagues domestic violence policy has been reinstated, effective immediately, by Judge Katherine Failla. This new decision comes just two weeks after Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order from a different judge that allowed him to play in Weeks 7 and 8.
In this opinion and court order dated October 30, 2017, Judge Failla reinforced the power of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend players, regardless of whether criminal charges were ever laid (they weren’t), in accordance to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners.
So the cycle continues. Elliott was investigated on accusations he was physically violent with an ex-girlfriend, but police concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to press charges. The NFL suspended him anyway, but Elliott’s legal team has successfully been able to appeal those decisions in court, keeping the sophomore running back on the field for every game this season, so far.
The Cowboys have a 4-3 record so far this season and host the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs in Texas on Sunday afternoon. At this point, it seems unlikely that Elliott will be allowed to play. If the six-game suspension sticks, he won’t be eligible to return until Week 15 when the Cowboys travel to Oakland to play the Raiders. Depending on how they play without their star back in the meantime, it could be too late by then.