Ezekiel Elliott files lawsuit asking for suspension to be vacated

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Could Be Reduced: Report

The order relates to any suspension of the Dallas Cowboys running-back upheld by National Football League arbitrator Harold Henderson at the end of a three-day hearing which wrapped up on Thursday.

It also read that "Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott".

Elliott's ban stems exclusively from the league's investigation into the domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson in July 2016, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

Elliott was suspended for six games on August 11 for violating the league's personal conduct policy as a result of a domestic violence investigation.

Her recommendation, which she gave after interviewing Thompson, was missing from the league's report that was used in the case.

Henderson, who was appointed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the appeal, will decide whether to reduce or uphold the league's initial ruling.

But Roberts was not at the meeting as Friel recommended a six-game suspension to Goodell, per a source.

Friel testified that she was aware of Roberts' concerns and also confirmed that Roberts was not asked to attend the meeting. Appeals officer Harold Henderson is under pressure to have a ruling by Monday.

Following the production of that internal memo, she recommended no suspension for Elliott.

The date is key because if a decision is not made by Tuesday, Elliott could be on the field for the September 10 season opener against the New York Giants.

It's those failures of the process that Elliott and the NFLPA attacked during the appeal hearing and plan to exploit in federal court. Now that Elliott has filed a temporary injunction with the federal court system to block his ban, not only could he be available in the season opener, but there is a chance that barring injury, he could be available for the entire 2017 season while this matter is handled in 2018.

Elliott was never charged or arrested in the incident as the Columbus, Ohio, city attorney's office cited inconsistent and misleading information from Thompson.

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