National Football League might not follow Tuesday deadline regarding Ezekiel Elliott's suspension

Sheri Evans
September 6, 2017

An NFL-appointed arbitrator has ruled that the league's suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be upheld.

Per Mike Fisher, reports from the court room indicate that the federal judge overseeing the case received an admission from the National Football League that Elliott would play regardless of what arbiter Harold Henderson ruled on Elliott's appeal. The NFL responded to that action on Monday by filing a motion to dismiss, according to USA Today's A.J. Perez. As things stand, Elliott's six-game suspension would begin in Week 2 of the season, pending the court's ruling.

Elliott, the N.F.L.'s rushing leader as a rookie last season, was suspended after the league concluded he used physical force last summer in OH against Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

"We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson's inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence, and most importantly, his conscious", Elliotts' attorneys wrote in a statement following the ruling.

Roberts was then asked about Whitehead and Thompson during the appeal hearing because he came up during her interviews with Thompson.

Damon Harrison brings down Ezekiel Elliott last
Damon Harrison brings down Ezekiel Elliott last

According to the letter sent to the player by the league, Elliott is being accused of using force three times in less than a week, resulting in injuries to Thompson's face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees. Rapoport later clarified that he was reporting with regards to Elliott's eligibility to be paid for Week 1. She is the only person from the league to have inverviewed Thompson during the 13-month investigation, and when the filed her final report Roberts recommended no suspension.

In 1995, Jones filed a $750 million lawsuit against the NFL after the league brought a $300 million suit against Jones for signing marketing agreements with Pepsi and Nike for Texas Stadium outside of NFL Properties.

The lawsuit says the NFL's appeals process is "fundamentally unfair" because Henderson denied a request by Elliott's representatives to have Thompson testify. These fans are known to be merciless, and, if Dallas lines up with a player behind the QB who has not been completely cleared of repeatedly abusing his ex-girlfriend, the PR pressure will be intense. He upheld a suspension of Adrian Peterson in another high-profile case.

The NFL's personal conduct policy was amended three years ago to stiffen penalties in domestic cases. The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of NY ruled in Tom Brady's favor on his Deflategate lawsuit.

Per a source, Elliott was hopeful of success in the federal lawsuit, but also felt it was uphill battle against the NFL. That ruling was later overturned on appeal.

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