In concept, the legal professionals representing Cowboys working again Ezekiel Elliott might have tried to drag one final rabbit out of the hat, in an effort to badist Elliott get again to the sphere as rapidly as attainable whereas the litigation relating to his six-game suspension continues. By all appearances, Elliott will likely be accepting the suspension, not less than by means of the following listening to in his case, which is about for December 1.
It signifies that Elliott will miss not less than the following 4 video games, because the Cowboys play not on Sunday, December three however on Thursday, November 30. It will imply one thing much more vital, if Elliott finally wins his case.
If Elliott finally wins his case, it would imply that Elliott could have been wrongfully denied the possibility to play in not less than 4 video games, with no method to repair it. Which significantly raises the stakes for the NFL within the ongoing litigation, since a win by Elliott will make the league look much more heavy-handed and unfair.
Take a step again and take into account how these disciplinary instances work. The NFL points a suspension. Then, the NFL permits the participant to maintain taking part in which he appeals the suspension. Indeed, the NFL by no means forces a participant to overlook video games earlier than his inner enchantment rights have been exhausted.
But as soon as the interior enchantment rights are exhausted, the NFL vehemently refuses to respect the chance that the participant might have viable exterior enchantment rights. Which, to make use of a technical time period, if effin’ nutty.
The league might declare that it regards the exterior appeals course of within the Elliott case as meritless or frivolous or no matter. But right here’s the fact: THE NFL FILED THE CASE.
To put it one other manner, the league initiated the present exterior course of that can resolve whether or not the suspension is legitimate, however the league refuses to let the participant play whereas that course of is pending.
The league might argue that it filed the lawsuit solely as a result of Elliott beforehand filed a lawsuit in Texas. But Elliott filed the lawsuit in Texas partially as a result of he knew that the NFL would do precisely what it did within the Tom Brady case: Invoke an exterior course of to validate the suspension, but in addition refuse to let the participant play whereas the method unfolds.
Again, what’s the hurt in letting the participant play whereas all of it will get labored out? It’s honest to the participant, and it’s not unfair to the league. If the league finally wins, Elliott will miss the six video games in 2018.
The downside, after all, is that letting the participant play after flagging him as a home abuser undermines the protect-the-shield P.R. aims that drive the entire strategy of investigating and punishing gamers who haven’t been arrested or formally charged. So the NFL, for a similar causes it would attain a conclusion a few participant and not using a honest and correct inner course of, will droop the participant with out giving him a good and correct shot at difficult the honest and correct inner course of externally.
Why this strategy? It’s as a result of the NFL realized within the Ray Rice case that something apart from capturing first and by no means asking questions later might jeopardize not solely the protect, but in addition the $40 million-per-year sheriff who wears it.