NFL Investigator Recommended No Suspension For Ezekiel Elliott, But Was Barred From Speaking
REPORT: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Files Lawsuit Against NFL
It’s deflategate all over again. This could get ugly.
Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t plan on taking this six-game suspension and bowing out gracefully as he awaits NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson’s ruling on his fate for the start of the new season.
Last night, Elliott and the NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit in a federal district court in Plano in hopes of gaining a temporary injunction to block the suspension, allowing him to play until the case is resolved, according to the Star Telegram.
“According to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Plano, just outside the Cowboys’ Frisco headquarters, the NFLPA said Elliott was subject to one of “the most fundamentally unfair arbitral processes conceivable.”
It also read that “Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott.”
The NFLPA asks that any ruling by Henderson on the subject be vacated. The court would be asked to consider the “unfair processes” during the stay, allowing Elliott to play while matters were resolved in court.
Elliott’s defense team consists of his attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum, as well as two attorneys from the NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler and Heather McPhee, who both have had previous litigation success against NFL.”
The biggest news came on Thursday when it was revealed that the NFL lead investigator, Kia Roberts, suggested Elliott not receive a suspension after viewing the evidence and actually speaking with the accuser. She was then blocked from speaking to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when he held a meeting to discuss discipline for Elliott.
NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel reportedly barred Roberts from the meeting.