Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will have to serve his six-game suspension after all.
Elliott's camp, however, is likely to file another temporary restraining order in a NY court to once again fight the six-game span that stems from domestic violence allegations made against him in OH past year.
The original ruling, which was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, had come after a year-long investigation by the NFL into multiple incidents involving Elliott and including domestic violence accusations made against him by a woman who identified herself as his former girlfriend.
A federal appeals court made a ruling today. essentially throwing out a lower court's ruling that allowed Zeke to play.
A federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction that blocked the suspension last month, agreeing with National Football League players' union attorneys who argued that the investigation of the allegations in OH and a subsequent appeal were unfair to Elliott. The NFL filed in NY and they thought this would help them win this case having it away from Elliott's home state of Texas.
Elliott was not present at that hearing. Prosecutors in OH didn't pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence. It's not a question of what Elliott did or did not do.
What does this mean for the NFL? The initial decision from Mazzant challenged Goodell's authority, and the outcome of this case could have a sweeping impact on player discipline in the future. The 5th Circuit's decision says that Elliott and the NFLPA filed their lawsuit prematurely, going against the league's collective bargaining agreement.