National Football League files motion to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott's federal lawsuit

National Football League files motion to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott's federal lawsuit

National Football League files motion to dismiss Ezekiel Elliott's federal lawsuit

An NFL-appointed arbitrator has ruled that the league's suspension for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be upheld. The punishment was issued by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell on August 11 after a 13 month-long investigation revealed Elliott allegedly assaulted Tiffany Thompson, who said she was Elliott's girlfriend.

Elliott, the NFL's 2016 rushing leader as a rookie, was suspended after the leagueconcluded he used physical force last summer in OH against Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

Though the Cowboys lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, they enter this season with high expectations, though they most likely are beginning the 2017 season without running back Ezekiel Elliott due to a six-game suspension.

If the arbitrator decides in the Elliott's favor, he may be cleared to play in the season opener against bitter division rival New York Giants.

The court petition filed by the NFL Players Association last week will be decided upon later this week. The motion also counters the NFLPA's assertion that the NFL's ruling is damaging to Elliott, stating that a ruling hasn't even been made.

Elliott's case differs from the four-game suspension for New England quarterback Tom Brady in the Deflategate case in that Brady's legal team waited until after Goodell denied the appeal to sue in federal court. The NFL filing includes Elliott's pursuit of a preliminary injunction.

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

It seems that the case where Cathy Lanier has made a decision to show that commitment - to change that perception - is the domestic violence investigation into the Dallas Cowboys star running back.

The lawsuit says the NFL's appeals process is "fundamentally unfair" because Henderson denied a request by Elliott's representatives to have Thompson testify. The lawsuit claims the league has withheld information from co-lead investigator Kia Roberts.

Roberts, the investigator, was also asked about the relationship between Thompson and Whitehead during the appeal hearing.

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 lawsuit says Roberts prepared a document detailing inconsistencies in the accounts of Thompson, who the suit said was interviewed six times by Roberts. Elliott supposedly had physical confrontations with his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson, and the league said that there was "substantial and persuasive evidence". The deliberate exclusion of her recommendations and findings constitutes a failure to follow the NFL's own Personal Conduct Policy, which the League unilaterally imposed and refused to collectively bargain.

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