The Dallas Cowboys could be without serial cereal eater Ezekiel Elliott for six weeks after all.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the league in its fight to suspend Elliott for allegations of domestic abuse.
In July 2016, Elliott was accused of violence toward his ex-girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio, but the city attorney dropped the case due to “conflicting and inconsistent information”—text messages revealed the accuser had asked a friend to lie on her behalf.
Still, the league suspended Elliott for six weeks. Then United States District Court Judge Amos Mazzant blocked the suspension after finding the league had botched their 13-month investigation of last year’s rushing leader.
But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the ban after determining the players’ union had improperly filed their lawsuit against the ban before the conclusion of the appeals process.
“The procedures provided for in the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA were not exhausted,” wrote Judges Jennifer Elrod and Edward Prado. “The parties contracted to have an arbitrator make a final decision. That decision had not yet been issued.”
Missing no opportunity to lambast one of the league’s most hated franchises, Twitter gleefully piled onto Zeke and his squad.
Zeke gotta serve that suspension and the Cowboys 2-3 pic.twitter.com/3CpchyyY7a
— EL FOOSAY (@SheHatesJacoby) October 12, 2017
“Jason, Rodgers will win it late, Jerry will put you guys in middle of protest discussion, a starter will retire, Zeke might be out next 6.” pic.twitter.com/r1BIEiNMdo
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 12, 2017
Jerry Jones: Y’all can’t kneel for the anthem
*Court reinstates Zeke suspension*
Jerry Jones: EVERYBODY ON THE GROUND, THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED!
— 12up (@12upSport) October 12, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott’s 6 game suspension reinstated
Cowboys season: pic.twitter.com/kCY7DSQKLk
— Tom Brady’s Ego (@TomBradysEgo) October 12, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott hiding from his 6 game suspension like… pic.twitter.com/J0uAeTGiUY
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) October 12, 2017
Fantasy football aficionados also got in on the action.
When your fantasy football league’s Ezekiel Elliott owner realizes it’s time to add Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris. pic.twitter.com/dIwYvU9rFD
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) October 12, 2017
me scrambling to pick up Alfred Morris after the Zeke suspension pic.twitter.com/2TiJBU7KKn
— Cam Bickle (@Cam_Bickle44) October 12, 2017
— Sean Kane (@HeyMrKane) October 12, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners right now.. 😭😭😭
Credit – @WhistleSports
— ESPN FantasyFauxball (@ESPNFauxball) October 12, 2017
Get the jokes out while you can, because the Zeke suspension saga isn’t over yet.
As a practical matter, Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension goes back into effect but…his lawyers still can refile in Dallas or fight it in NY.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 12, 2017