Union Fights Dallas Cowboys Star's Suspension in Court

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on prior to a a presason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on prior to a a presason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The restraining order comes on the heels of the testimony of Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations.

It's those failures of the process that Elliott and the NFLPA attacked during the appeal hearing and plan to exploit if they have to go to federal court to seek a temporary injunction.

Henderson is expected to rule on Elliott's appeal soon, according to The Associated Press. The NFLPA filed a petition stating that Elliot was not treated fairly after being suspended for six-games. Roberts, the National Football League director of investigations who was the only one to conduct interviews with Thompson, also reportedly testified before Henderson that she wasn't asked to attend a meeting with National Football League senior vice president of investigations Lisa Friel and Goodell.

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.

Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing ended on Thursday, and now the decision is in arbitrator Harold Henderson's hands.

The suspension is scheduled to begin Saturday and Elliott is eligible to return to the Cowboys' roster on October 23, one day after the team's road game against the San Francisco 49ers. That evidence may be the recent report that Roberts' recommendation of no punishment was ignored and left out of the NFL's official investigative report.

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Why file the lawsuit now?

Elliott's lawyers had previously signaled that they would use the league's appointment of Henderson, a former NFL executive whom they contend can not be considered impartial, in their expected federal court filing.

"It's an uncontested Hail Mary is what this approach is", McCarthy said. "Once again, the commissioner relied on a variety of evidence and not one single statement from a single witness".

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 has buckled down on domestic abuse charges following the aggravated assault case of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was caught on tape punching his wife's face in an elevator in 2014. "I mean it's okay", Elliott said, per TMZ Sports.

Henderson is "under pressure" to issue a ruling on the suspension by Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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