The fight is over.
After numerous appeals by his lawyers and the NFL Player’s Association, Ezekiel Elliott has decided to not extend his case with the NFL and just serve his six-game suspension moving forward. So, when is the next time you’ll see him back on the field for the Dallas Cowboys? On December 24 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Part of the reason he admitted defeat was the fact that the courts would not have a hearing for this until December 1, four games into the suspension he was given.
So, instead of continuing with the bank account bleeding to pay all the lawyer fees, he decided to withdraw his appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and serve his time as a result of violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Both Elliott and his lawyers affirm that this decision does not mean he’s admitting guilt at all, but rather the incompetence of the NFL.
“This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process. Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”
The Cowboys are fighting for a playoff spot and this certainly sets them back, especially since the running backs they have to carry the load in Ezekiel’s absence haven’t been holding their own. It’s all on Dak Prescott‘s shoulders now.