National Football League players' union sues over Elliott's 6-game domestic ban

Beth Cruz
September 6, 2017

The NFL denied hiding "critical information" in the case involving Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott after the NFL Players Association filed a temporary restraining order to prevent the league from enforcing any suspension. "Every practice and every game Mr. Elliott misses will hurt our team's chances of having a successful season and making to the 2017-18 NFL Playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl".

The NFLPA and Elliott's legal representatives argued in his appeal that the league ignored evidence raising doubts about the credibility of Elliott's accuser and conducted a flawed investigation.

Elliott's legal team could drag this out for quite some time, so it's possible he plays beyond Sunday night's game against the New York Giants.

The NFLPA filed in advance of a decision in order to have the legal challenges played out in a hopefully more favorable court structure than NY.

If the judge in the case rules the suspension should be postponed, Elliott will be free to play until the case is revolved.

Elliott appealed the decision and denied Thompson's allegations under oath during an appeal hearing that spanned three days.

The filing also said that Roberts told Lisa Friel, who investigates domestic violence cases for the National Football League, of her views but was never allowed to convey them to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell or the "independent advisors". Arbitrator Harold Henderson declined the opportunity and upheld Elliott's suspension at six games, saying he is not at liberty to "second guess" commissioner Roger Goodell's disciplinary choices (even though he's done just that before).

National Football League players' union sues over Elliott's 6-game domestic ban

The NFL could now draw the arbitration process out beyond Tuesday, therefore causing this judge to be unable to rule on whether or not the arbitration concluded with an unfair process.

According to documents examined by Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News, Elliott's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson confirmed that she became friendly with former Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead, though she said the two were not dating.

Kessler again questioned why Henderson didn't allow Thompson or Goodell to testify at the appeal hearing, as did Mazzant.

It's expected that Henderson's ruling on Elliott's suspension will arrive before the close of business Tuesday, the deadline for which Elliott's salary status for Week 1 would need be determined.

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The investigator said Thompson told her that Elliott had become mad that she was dating "some guy" and confirmed that the person was Whitehead. Prosecutors declined to pursue the case, citing conflicting evidence.

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