Ezekiel Elliott Files Lawsuit To Overturn Suspension

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The NFL Players Association filed a request in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday to block any suspension upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson involving Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

In the petition, Elliott and the union claim there was an effort to "hide critical information" from commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, regarding the allegations of domestic violence by Elliott's former girlfriend that triggered an NFL investigation into whether Elliott violated the league's personal-conduct policy.

A source told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Elliott's side will file more paperwork Friday. However, as with Brady, Elliott might be able to play an entire season before his case is resolved, if he and the NFLPA can get the injunction and begin working their way through the court system. But the lawsuit seeks to pre-empt Henderson's ruling.

The NFL had no comment on the filing.

Henderson is supposed to rule on the NFL's decision to suspend Elliott "as soon as practicable", according to the labor agreement.

Inconsistent statements from Thompson resulted in Roberts recommending that Elliott receive no suspension, according to Yahoo and ESPN.

The appeals hearing lasted three days and concluded on Thursday afternoon. "Mr. Elliott looks forward to being completely vindicated and will continue to explore all other legal options to redress the reputational and monetary harm that he has suffered".

The filing also allegedly claims that National Football League director of investigations, Kia Wright Roberts, testified at the appeals hearing that she would not have recommended any suspension or discipline for Elliott based on her findings.

During her testimony, Friel confirmed that Roberts never met with Goodell, and indicated that the report they authored together did not contain any sort of recommendation for how Goodell should proceed.

Roberts testified that she conducted two lengthy interviews with Thompson, and also had four follow-up conversations with her throughout the course of her investigation. The timing of the suit stems from "powerful new evidence" that reportedly came to light during Elliott's appeal.

"As such, not only was Elliott denied the most fundamental rights to be able to confront his accuser and to have her credibility assessed against his, the arbitrator also rendered himself incapable of directly assessing the credibility of Thompson - which was critical to the fairness of the proceeding", the NFLPA wrote.

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