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Cowboys News: Elliott’s reps accuse NFL of “cherry-picking” evidence

August 12th, 2017 at 4:13 AM
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Ezekiel Elliott’s representatives blast NFL: ‘factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions’ – SportsDay
Ezekiel Elliott’s representatives released a statement Friday after the NFL announced a six-game suspension for the Dallas Cowboys running back. The statement suggests this thing is far from over, here’s the full text:

Ezekiel Elliott ‘strongly disagrees’ with suspension, admits he’s ‘far from perfect’ – Ryan Wilson,
On Friday evening, Elliott released a statement through social media:

“I am both surprised and disappointed by the NFL’s decision today, and I strongly disagree with the league’s findings. I recognize the distraction and disruption that all of this has caused my family, friends, teammates, the Dallas Cowboys organization as well as my fans — for that I am sincerely sorry. I admit that I am far from perfect, but I plan to continue to work very hard, on and off the field, to mature and earn the great opportunity that I have been given.”

How the NFL justified Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, and what comes next – Kevin Seifert, ESPN
Seifert reviews the process that led to Elliott’s suspension and looks at what happens next.

Can Elliott appeal this decision?

Absolutely. He has three business days to file it, and the appeal will be heard either by Goodell or by a designated representative. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, retired NFL executive Harold Henderson has often filled this role. The arbitrator, be it Goodell, Henderson or someone else, is obligated to provide a ruling within 10 days.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is arguably the most powerful man in the NFL. Will he do anything about this?

You never know. Jones said last month that he had seen no evidence of domestic violence in the incidents described. He might find sympathy from some other powerful owners, notably the Patriots‘ Robert Kraft, who have also vehemently disagreed with NFL discipline in recent years. Kraft and New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson (Bountygate) can make room for him at their table of protest.

What will Jerry Jones do in response to Ezekiel Elliott suspension? – Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk
Florio asks the big question, but doesn’t provide any answers.

Jerry Jones reportedly ‘considering all options’ in wake of Ezekiel Elliott suspension – Grey Papke, Larry Brown Sports
Neither does this site, except to point out that there could be a “legal fight.”

What’s next for Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott after six-game suspension? – A.J. Perez, USA Today
This article spells out some of the legal options Elliott has – outside of the NFL’s process.

“Like Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, the next choice if Elliott doesn’t prevail is to seek judicial review,” David S. Weinstein, a former assistant U.S. attorney and current partner at the firm Clarke Silverglate, told USA TODAY Sports.

“Elliott’s lawyers would like to get the case filed in Dallas federal court, but they’d be hard pressed since the league is based in New York.”

Weinstein said Elliott’s legal team could file for preliminary injunction if the appeal is upheld and would likely cite irreparable harm, including the six lost paychecks and potential bonus money. The filing would spell out how the NFL erred with its decision since Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority and broad discretion to suspend players under the collective bargaining agreement, a power the federal courts have upheld.

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