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NFL players' union alleges 'league-orchestrated conspiracy' against Elliott

NFL players' union alleges 'league-orchestrated conspiracy' against Elliott

With a hard deadline set for arbitrator Harold Henderson to make a ruling on Elliott's appeal by Monday, Elliott's chances of overturning his suspension or an eventual victory in Federal Court were improved during the hearings, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Dallas Cowboys running back testified to that incident during his appeals hearing in front of an arbitrator in NYC on August 29th.

In the petition that Kessler filed, the NFLPA claims that there was a "league-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives ... to hide critical information".

The biggest issue with the NFL's investigation is the revelation that Kia Roberts, director of investigations for the National Football League, reportedly recommended no suspension for Elliott after examining the evidence and speaking to Elliott's former girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted shortly thereafter that the league's decision to hand out a mere two-game ban to Rice wasn't the right call, which then led to the NFL's revised policy on domestic abuse.

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Lockhart added that Goodell was aware of any opinions held by investigators who worked the case, and he seemed to confirm that Roberts believed Thompson's story had inconsistencies and Elliott should not be suspended. Elliott denied the allegations and was never charged or arrested.

Inconsistent statements from Thompson resulted in Roberts recommending that Elliott receive no suspension, according to Yahoo and ESPN. "Mr. Elliott looks forward to being completely vindicated and will continue to explore all other legal options to redress the reputational and monetary harm that he has suffered". But the petition filed by the NFLPA will seek for a temporary hold that allows Elliott to play regardless of Henderson's decision until the lawsuit plays out. She made her point of view on particularly the credibility issues known in the report; they are reflected in the report.

Elliott's lawyers harped on this detail, as it was a clear departure from the process of the investigation.

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after rushing for a first down during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

If Henderson affirms any part of the suspension, Elliott will need U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant to grant the restraining order to be eligible for the season opener September 10 against the New York Giants.