NFL players' union sues over Elliott's 6-game domestic ban

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Could Be Reduced: Report

Ezekiel Elliott is awaiting word from an arbitrator on whether his suspension is upheld, overruled or reduced.

But Roberts' recommendation never made it into the NFL's final report or the official suspension letter on August 11, which cited the league's findings of three instances of domestic violence by Elliott against Thompson based on the victim's testimony and photographic evidence.

Hours earlier, on the final day of the appeal hearing for Elliot's six-game suspension for allegedly abusing his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thomspon, it was reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Kia Roberts, the NFL's lead investigator on this particular case, recommended to the league that Elliott not be suspended.

As a result, the union concluded that the process by which the National Football League arrived at a six-game suspension for Elliott encountered significant flaws somewhere between the investigation itself and the ultimate decision to suspend.

Roberts was part of the committee that wrote the 160-page report on its investigation into Elliott's case, but that report did not include a specific recommendation of discipline. She also testified that Roberts was not asked to attend the meeting with Goodell in which Friel recommended the suspension.

It was testified during the appeal hearing that Friel barred Roberts from the meeting, per a source.

Per PFT's Mike Florio, who has an attorney background, the next step will involve a battle by Elliott to win a ruling that would delay any suspension until all litigation has concluded.

If Henderson rules that Elliott should be suspended for any amount of games, the court could stay the suspension while it reviews the situation with Elliott potentially playing while the case works its way through the courts.

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.

Elliott denied the allegations under oath in the appeal hearing, according to the lawsuit.

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

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