Elliott has withdrawn his appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of appeals. A hearing had been scheduled for Dec. 1 for a potential preliminary injunction.
In a statement, Elliott’s agents, Rocky Arceneaux and Frank Salzano, said: “In consultation with the NFLPA and his lawyers, and after careful deliberation and review of the recent Second Circuit decisions, Mr. Elliott has decided to forgo any further appeals and will serve the remaining suspension. This decision arises from a practical assessment of the current legal landscape. Mr. Elliott’s desire for closure in this matter is in his best interests, as well as the best interests of his teammates, family and friends.
“This decision is in no way an admission of any wrongdoing, and Mr. Elliott is pleased that the legal fight mounted by him and his team resulted in the disclosure of many hidden truths regarding this matter, as well public exposure of the NFL’s mismanagement of its disciplinary process. Mr. Elliott will maximize this time away from the game and come back even stronger both on and off the field. He intends to release a final personal statement in the upcoming weeks and until then we have no further comment.”
About time. There was no way that Elliott was going to win this appeal, not with the amount of power that Goodell has given himself. Goodell is the judge, jury and executioner in the NFL today and there was no way he was ever going to let Elliott off the hook on this. No evidence, no criminal charges, it doesn’t matter. I find it amusing that Goodell could get Ray Rice so wrong, despite the fact that their was video evidence and major issues – and then do this to Elliott.
Rodger Goodell is a clown, a liar and a cheater and the bad news is that it will only get worse. Jerry Jones was going to be the one guy to stand up to Goodell and try to put him in his place but then all the other owners rallied around Goodell and are strong arming Jones to shut it down. If nobody stands up to this guy, this will never change and the NFL will soon be a laughing stock of America.
This next CBA is going to be very interesting and I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if you saw a strike. Buckle up.