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Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Judge puts Elliott's six-game suspension on hold

Judge puts Elliott's six-game suspension on hold

The NFL will now have to file its own appeal in order to have the judge's verdict and Elliott's temporary restrianing order overturned.

"Based upon the preliminary injunction standard, the Court finds, that Elliott did not receive a fundamentally fair hearing, necessitating the Court grant the request for preliminary injunction", the ruling stated. It came to the surprise of no one, that Henderson, appointed by Roger Goodell, chose to uphold Ezekiel Elliott's six game suspension.

Mazzant acknowledged during a hearing Tuesday in Sherman that while the cases are similar, he also saw differences that he couldn't ignore.

The ruling comes three days after league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson rejected Elliott's administrative appeal of the suspension and upheld the punishment.

The NFL could respond by immediately challenging the ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals and placing Elliott on the commissioner's exempt list in an attempt to prevent him from playing during the case, per McCann.

The suspension is related to accusations of domestic violence lobbied at Elliott by his former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. It means means that the Cowboys running back's six-game suspension is blocked, at least for now. Elliott and the NFLPA appealed the case, kicking off an arbitration process that yielded a win for the league. Though the running back was never arrested or charged, Goodell believed the NFL's investigation revealed enough evidence to warrant the six-game ban.

Elliott was suspended last month after a year-long National Football League investigation into allegations that he physically assaulted his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson on multiple occasions in July 2016. "Unfortunately, this cloud followed Elliott into the arbitration proceedings".

The NFL issued a public statement in the wake of the court's decision, reiterating its belief that "the investigation and evidence supported the Commissioner's decision and that the process was meticulous and fair throughout". The NFL then suspended Elliott for six games.

The NFL and Elliott continue to debate the facts at the heart of his case.

The Cowboys did not comment on the court's decision.

Last season, the N.F.L. suspended the Giants place kicker Josh Brown for one game after he admitted to team officials that he had abused his wife.

So, as of now, Elliott will be able to play for the Cowboys - not just in Week 1, but beyond Week 1 as well. He was a full practice participant throughout training camp but played in just one preseason game, same as a year ago when Elliott missed significant time at camp because of a hamstring injury.

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