Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

NFL players' union sues over Elliott's 6-game domestic ban

NFL players' union sues over Elliott's 6-game domestic ban

After a three day appeal that included more than 25 hours of testimony, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott probably feels that there's a good chance his suspension could be reduced or eliminated following a bombshell from the NFL's lead investigator in his case.

Elliott, the NFL's 2016 rushing leader as a rookie, was suspended after the league concluded he used physical force last summer in OH against Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL last month after a year-long investigation by the league into domestic violence accusations made against him by a woman claiming to be his former girlfriend.

The lawsuit accuses National Football League special counsel Lisa Friel of withholding from Goodell the word of co-lead investigator Kia Roberts, who the suit says concluded that the accuser wasn't credible and that discipline wasn't warranted.

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conducted a meeting to discuss discipline for Elliott, it included Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations, Jeff Pash, executive vice president and general counsel and Adolpho Birch, senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs, among others.

The NFL Players' Association (NFLPA) has filed a request for a temporary restraining order to have Ezekiel Elliott's six-game ban blocked. Roberts was not asked to be part of that meeting, according to her testimony and that of Friel.

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The NFLPA filing calls for the court to vacate any suspension of Elliott, accusing the league's appeal process of being "fundamentally unfair" and citing new facts revealed during this week's hearing that wrapped up Thursday.

The pressure is now on appeals officer Harold Henderson, who is likely going to have come up with an airtight decision over the next four days.

The suspension is scheduled to begin Saturday and Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster on October 23, one day after the team's road game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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.

Elliott denied the allegations and was never charged or arrested.

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