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Ezekiel Elliott case allegations denied by league

07 September, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Ezekiel Elliott case allegations denied by league

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.

Elliott appealed the suspension last week in a meeting with arbitrator Harold Henderson in NY and his ruling could come at any time. The Elliott decision marks the longest suspension regarding a violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

In a statement released shortly after the appeal denial was made public, Elliott's attorneys said they were "extremely disappointed" with Henderson's ruling. In regard to new evidence presented by Elliott's counsel during the appeal, Henderson found it wasn't significant enough to warrant overturning Goodell's decision.

The league said there was "substantial and persuasive evidence" that Elliott had physical confrontations last summer with his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson. The local district attorney did not seek charges against Elliott after Thompson reported the alleged incidents, which she said included bruises on her body that he gave her, over multiple years. A ruling is expected by Monday. Rapoport later clarified that he was reporting with regards to Elliott's eligibility to be paid for Week 1. At this point, Elliott's suspension would start in week two when Dallas visits the Denver Broncos.

Despite the suspension, Elliott is permitted to play in the Cowboys' Week 1 game on Sunday because Henderson's ruling came after a 4 p.m. ET deadline.

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The NFL filed for dismissal of Elliott's suit on September 4, saying it was premature.

It came after an appeal hearing against the August 11 sanction issued by National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell following a probe which alleged the player assaulted former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson in 2016.

"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 lawsuit said. The letter cited, photographic, electronic and medical evidence to back the decision. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III is set to make his ruling by Friday evening.

If Henderson upholds the suspension, which is for six games, the parties will head to court.

Kessler reiterated most of the NFLPA's arguments before Mazzant, who pressed Nash for answers on the claim from Elliott's legal team that a co-lead investigator who questioned Thompson's credibility was left out of a key meeting with Goodell during the yearlong probe.

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