Ezekiel Elliott and NFLPA take legal action against NFL

Ezekiel Elliott and NFLPA take legal action against NFL

Ezekiel Elliott and NFLPA take legal action against NFL

This is just the latest battle between the NFLPA and the league over Elliott's suspension. Elliott was initially suspended six games on August 11; his appeal hearing began this week and ran for three days.

With the preseason wrapped up on Thursday night, arbitrator Harold Henderson is now on the hot seat to come up with a decision on the appeal by the start of next week, with Week 1 of the regular season less than a week away.

The obvious difference between this ordeal and Deflategate is that this isn't about deflated balls, these are allegations of domestic violence against Elliott, which are obviously much more serious.

Following Thursday's hearing that concluded Elliott's appeal, the NFLPA contended there was a conspiracy by league executives to hide information from their investigation into Elliott's domestic violence case.

The petition claims Elliott was not given a fair process when he was denied an opportunity to confront his accuser and additionally when the testimony of Roger Goodell was not compelled during the appeal hearing.

Furthermore, the NFL's director of investigations, Kia Wright Roberts, testified that she interviewed Zeke's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, and determined that Elliott should not be suspended at all.

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Elliott's appeal was heard by an arbitrator this week during which it was revealed the league's lead investigator Kia Roberts said she didn't find reason to punish Elliott.

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". This is assuming Henderson doesn't vacate all of the NFL's ruling, which seems unlikely at this point.

In April 2016 - right around the time the Cowboys were about to select Elliott fourth overall - Thompson went to Chicago (the site of the draft) and had an abortion.

If Elliott's suspension is upheld and this NFLPA filing falls on deaf ears, the Giants would be the only NFC East team in line to play the Cowboys without their lead back.

If Henderson rules that Elliott should be suspended for any amount of games, the court could stay the suspension while it reviews the situation with Elliott potentially playing while the case works its way through the courts.

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