It is officially official. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s six game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the league” as a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy has been upheld by appeal arbitrator Harold Henderson.
Conflicting reports throughout this chaotic day have varied, claiming before 4 PM EST (the NFL office’s business hours) that Henderson had reached his decision. The Elliott camp was understandably upset about this delay, as the NFL was pretty clearly working to file the decision in such a way to get Ezekiel’s immediate date in a Texas court pushed back and potentially moved to New York or another favorable spot for the league.
Now, it is being reported that Henderson made his final decision after today’s initial court hearings – where Judge Mazzant was reportedly critical (hmm) of the NFL’s process throughout a 13 month investigation into Ezekiel Elliott resulting in this six game suspension that will still allow him to play this Sunday night against the New York Giants.
Elliott will play Sunday against the Giants. Judge will rule by 5 pm Friday on injunction.
Essentially, there is still quite a long way to go for Ezekiel Elliott in his fight against the NFL, and while the surface has not been scratched in court an initial decision has been made that his appeal to the league did little but delay the inevitable that an ugly public battle is in forthcoming.
Cowboys Nation will still get to watch Ezekiel Elliott play football in five days, and will still be refreshing Twitter for weeks to come as the latest news out of the courts surfaces.