Any hope that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL might find some common ground and put an end to the drama surrounding his six-game suspension appears to be gone, with both sides having now denied any knowledge of settlement talks.
Elliott, his representation and the NFLPA all denied having talks or considering talks of finding any middle ground. And according to a report from Mike Jones of the Washington Post, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart confirmed that the NFL isn’t seeking a settlement because the league is, “confident our argument will prevail.”
The NFL suspended Elliott after a year-long investigation concluded that he abused then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in July 2016. The Columbus City Attorney’s Office concluded that they didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute those claims and Elliott’s representatives claim that the NFL ignored exculpatory evidence.
Elliott lost his appeal to an NFL-appointed arbitrator and then took his appeal to the courts. He was awarded a temporary restraining order but the NFL got the suspension reinstated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Cowboys running back was awarded yet another injunction by the Southern District of New York and will be allowed to play in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers while the battle continues to play out in court.
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