Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Could Be Reduced

According to the filing, Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, testified Tuesday that she was the only National Football League employee who interviewed the running back's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, during the probe and that she would not have recommended discipline for Elliott based on her disoveries.

Elliott was suspended six games by the league for a violation of the personal conduct policy, and he filed an appeal. While Elliott did not face criminal charges, the NFL's investigation concluded that "there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. [Tiffany] Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016", according to a statement from the NFL.

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conducted a meeting to discuss discipline for Elliott, it included Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations, Jeff Pash, executive vice president and general counsel and Adolpho Birch, senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs, among others. Friel's testimony corroborated that of Roberts, and the part of that testimony with which the NFLPA took issue was that Goodell imposed the six-game suspension without Roberts' input with regard to appropriate discipline.


And according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, there's a sense that Elliott's suspension could be reduced as a result of the appeal process.

With the hush-hush nature of the Ezekiel Elliott appeal over the last few days, fans and media are clinging to any sort of juicy rumor they can get their hands on.

The lawsuit says the union and Elliott's representatives plan to file for a temporary restraining order in hopes of making Elliott eligible for the season opener September 10 against the New York Giants. The court would be asked to consider the "unfair processes" during the stay, allowing Elliott to play while matters were resolved in court.


The NFLPA also said Henderson denied attempts by Elliott's attorneys to have Thompson testify.

The petition also claims there is a "league-orchestrated conspiracy" to "hide critical information-which would completely exonerate Elliott".



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