In August, the NFL announced that Ezekiel Elliott would face a six game suspension resulting from allegations of domestic violence.
Then, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order on Elliott’s behalf, allowing him to play the first five games of the season for the Dallas Cowboys.
During the Cowboys’ bye week, a federal appeals court lifted the restraining order- meaning that Elliott’s suspension would commence for the Cowboy’s next game.
Five days later, A U.S. District Judge blocked the ruling, meaning that the running back’s suspension is back on hold.
Now, the decision has been made that Ezekiel Elliott will never serve his suspension. Instead, the suspension will be passed down to his biological children; the children will then watch the decision bounce back and forth from an appeals court to a judge and back again. The children will then die before the decision is finalized. Their children, Elliott’s grandchildren, will then serve the suspension.
The NFL’s decision to suspend Elliott is questionable enough, but their inability to enact the suspension is laughable. Allegations of domestic violence should not be taken lightly, and should be investigated thoroughly. However, when a decision is made, the NFL should insure that they have the legal authority to enact the punishment they decide is appropriate.
The will-they won’t-they trope is great for sitcoms, but it’s terrible for legal actions. It isn’t fair to anyone involved. It isn’t fair to Elliott and his teammates, who are just trying to play a game. It isn’t fair to the fans, who are unsure of what the NFL is capable of. Most of all, it isn’t fair to the victims of domestic violence who have to watch as someone who was found to have violated the league’s code of conduct, resulting from domestic violence investigations.
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