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Ezekiel Elliott's 6 game suspension reinstated by judge


A U.S. District court denied the NFLPA's request for a preliminary injunction, meaning Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension is reinstated.

U.S. District Court Judge Katherine P. Failla ruled that the NFLPA failed to establish, among other things, the allegations of fundamental unfairness it raised against the NFL after Elliott's ban was upheld in arbitration under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

"While reasonable minds could differ on the evidentiary decisions made by the arbitrator, the proceedings in their totality accorded with the CBA and the [personal conduct policy] -- and, to the extent such an inquiry applies, with precepts of fundamental fairness.

"The arbitrator gave Mr. Elliott ample opportunity, in terms of both proceedings and evidence, to challenge the Commissioner's decision before the arbitrator; the arbitrator's ultimate decision against Mr. Elliott does not render these proceedings any less fair.

"Having negotiated with the NFLPA over the terms of a particular CBA, the NFL has an interest in obtaining the benefit of its bargain -- an interest that might well be eroded if courts such as this one were permitted to micromanage the disciplinary decisions of the commissioner," Failla wrote in her ruling.

Elliott was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August following a year-long investigation into domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson, his former girlfriend.

The league concluded Elliott violated its personal conduct policy, which mandates a six-game suspension for first-time domestic violence violations. Elliott was never charged and has denied wrongdoing.

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