NFLPA Continues to Battle League Over Ezekiel Elliott Suspension

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Elliott's appeal began Tuesday and ended Thursday. Last fall, an ESPN reporter had reportedly witnessed Cowboys owner Jerry Jones angrily confronting Friel about the league's investigation into Elliott. Elliott did testify at this week's appeal hearing. But Roberts's recommendation was not included in the NFL's final report on the situation, and according to what a source told the Star-Telegram about today's testimony, she was barred from a meeting with commissioner Robert Goodell to discuss the league's discipline of Elliott.

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

Jones was told by a top National Football League executive that there would be no suspension, according to a source.

On Wednesday at the hearing, appeals officer Harold Henderson heard testimony from Lisa Friel, the former New York City prosecutor who now investigates domestic violence cases for the NFL.

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

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.

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If Elliott remains suspended after the appeal ruling, the court can decide to stay the suspension and delay it. Many are speculating Elliott will still be suspended, but that the amount of games will be reduced.

When the league suspended Elliott on August 11, following a 13-month investigation into claims made by Thompson, it concluded that there was "substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016".

Want to know why there's so much distrust of Goodell's decisions?

The league has no verifiable proof that it was Elliott who caused injury to Thompson or was the source of the bruises.

On top of that, the NFLPA claims, Elliott and the union were denied the rights of a fair procedure when Henderson would not grant their request to have [Elliott's accuser] testify.

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