Union Fights Dallas Cowboys Star's Suspension in Court

Ezekiel Elliott

Elliott was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy based on allegations of abuse made by Tiffany Thompson, of Columbus, Ohio, last year.

"That Roberts' recommendation didn't make it into the report and that she wasn't involved in the decision could be used against the National Football League if a federal court case is pursued".

The rusher of the Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott and the Association of NFL players have filed a lawsuit against the league, arguing that the investigation was concluded by the circuit Goodell to impose a suspension of six games to the player-feature is "a farce".

It is a separate incident, and ultimately might have no implications on the appeal of his suspension, but Elliott's actions and rationale for the incident don't do him any favors.

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.

"(We) have to file another set of papers formally seeking the temporary, which will happen later today.

The petition filed on behalf of Elliott alleges that there was a "League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives.to hide critical information - which would completely exonerate Elliott", according to ESPN.

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"The withholding of this critical information from the disciplinary process was a momentous denial of the fundamental fairness required in every arbitration and, of course, does not satisfy federal labor law's minimal due process requirements", the union wrote.

Elliott also said that the woman did not actually give him permission to pull her top down at the time but later said she was "okay with it".

The petition seeks a ruling from the United States District Court vacating the eventual ruling in the case, which would block the suspension, presuming that the arbitrator affirms all or part of the pending six-game banishment.

If Elliott's full suspension is upheld on appeal, he would be barred from taking part in any team activities starting on September 2 unless the court issues a stay.

The restraining order comes on the heels of the testimony of Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations.

The NFLPA said in the filing that any suspension would be "inflicting instantaneous and irreparable harm" on Elliott.

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