Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Ezekiel Elliott files lawsuit against National Football League to vacate six-game suspension

Ezekiel Elliott files lawsuit against National Football League to vacate six-game suspension

National Football League appeals officer Harold Henderson is under pressure to have a decision on Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's appeal of his six-game suspension by Monday, a source told ESPN. The first is Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's Director of Investigations.

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.

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

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.

On Thursday, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano cited a source who said the NFLPA "believes it has a strong case for challenging Ezekiel Elliott's suspension based on what it perceives as serious flaws in the NFL's investigative process". Elliott did testify at this week's appeal hearing.

Elliott's three-day appeal before Henderson ended Thursday.

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Henderson reportedly is under pressure to make a final ruling on the appealing by Monday.

Last July, Thompson took to social media, with photos of her allegedly bruised body, claiming that Elliott had hit her.

The NFL also filed a motion opposing the NFLPA's request for a temporary restraining order, essentially arguing that even if the court chose to hear the case, it should still deny the temporary restraining order because courts must defer to the collectively bargained arbitration process and the arbitrator's decision. This means Elliott potentially could be permitted to play in the Cowboys home opener against the Giants and any game thereafter while the case works its way through the courts.

Elliott's defense team consists of his lawyers Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum as well as two attorneys from the NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler and Heather McPhee, who both have had previous litigation success against NFL.

Elliott denied the allegations under oath in the appeal hearing, according to the lawsuit.

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