Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott continues to fight his six-game suspension. Not everyone seems to think it’s a wise use of his time.
“The players negotiated the authority of the commissioner in the collective bargaining agreement,” former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said, per the Dallas Morning News. “If you’re asking me, he’s going to serve six games. [It’s] just a matter of when he’s going to serve it.”
The problem with that is that missing the first six games probably would have been better for Elliott than missing six games late in the year. That’s when the Cowboys need to make a playoff push, or he could even miss potential playoff games. They’ll need him way more then than they needed him in September. After all, they went 3-3 even with him on the field. If Aikman is right, unless this goes all the way to next season or Elliott somehow wins his legal battle, he may regret the whole thing.
Will he win? Aikman really doesn’t seem to think so. To a large degree, he’s already seen the exact same thing play out with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“I think they keep kicking it down the road as far as when it’s going to happen and maybe they can do like Brady did and get through the season and then into next year before they have to worry about it,” Aikman said. “Ironically enough, when Brady finally served, that was the year they won the Super Bowl last season.”
The problem is that the players really did give commissioner Roger Goodell this power. Elliott and Brady may not like it, but Brady showed that it legally holds up in court. This may just be a long and expensive way for Elliott to learn the same lesson.
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