Ezekiel Elliott ran for 104 yards on 24 carries in the Dallas Cowboys’ 19-3 win against the New York Giants, but his biggest win came on Friday in a U.S. District court.
Judge Amos Mazzant granted Elliott an injunction and temporary restraining order that blocked the NFL’s six-game suspension of the running back for violating the personal conduct policy, writing that the running back did not receive fundamental fairness in the appeal process.
“Just relieved for the fact that I finally get a fair trial,” Elliott said after Sunday’s game. “I finally get a chance to prove my innocence and just happy that I’ll get to be with the guys for as long as permitted and not miss time and not having to be away from them.”
Without the injunction or restraining order, Elliott would have missed the next six games. Now, he is likely to be eligible to play the full season.
“It’s definitely been a tough last 14 months,” Elliott said. “At times it’s gotten so hard you start to lose faith.”
A former girlfriend accused Elliott of domestic violence on separate occasions in July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The city attorney’s office did not pursue charges against Elliott, citing inconsistent evidence. The NFL’s personal conduct policy does not require the same burden of proof for a player to be found in violation. The league said it had persuasive evidence Elliott committed violence against Tiffany Thompson on multiple occasions in levying the suspension.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson denied Elliott’s appeal, but Judge Mazzant blocked the penalty.
“Just kind of your name getting dragged through the mud,” Elliott said when asked what the hardest part has been. “It’s been 14 months. Just kind of being associated with that, that’s tough.”
Asked if the process has been unfair to him, Elliot did not want to comment further.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Todd Archer