The NFL wins again.
A judge in New York has dissolved Ezekiel Elliott’s temporary restraining order and denied his motion.
Elliott is now suspended.
The New York Judge, Katherine P. Failla denied NFLPA motion for prelim injunction, but is keeping the Temporary Restraining Order in place for 24 hours to let the NFL Players Association decide about filing appeal to Second Circuit Court.
Judge Failla released this statement:
“After reviewing the parties’ comprehensive written submissions and hearing extensive oral argument earlier today, the Court concludes that, on this record, the NFLPA has failed to demonstrate a substantial question warranting the extraordinary remedy of injunctive relief or a balance of hardships that decidedly weighs in its favor. While reasonable minds could differ on the evidentiary decisions made by the arbitrator, the proceedings in their totality accorded with the CBA and the PCP — and, to the extent such an inquiry applies, with precepts of fundamental fairness. The arbitrator gave Mr. Elliott ample opportunity, in terms of both proceedings and evidence, to challenge the Commissioner’s decision before the arbitrator; the arbitrator’s ultimate decision against Mr. Elliott does not render these proceedings any less fair. Accordingly, the Court dissolves the temporary restraining order that has been in place since October 17, 2017, and denies the NFLPA’s motion.”
Elliott’s team will obvious appeal but according to Pro Football Talk, Elliott can’t play until he can get the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to rule.
The Cowboys play the Chiefs at home on Sunday in Week 9 and barring a successful appeal, Elliott will also miss games against the Falcons, Eagles, Chargers, Redskins and Giants.