Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Upheld, He Will Play In The First NFL Game

Rosalie Stanley
September 6, 2017

According to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan, NFL representatives told the federal judge in Ezekiel Elliot's case that the running back is playing Sunday against the New York Giants. If Mazzant grants the request for a temporary restraining order, Elliott would remain eligible to play while his case is pending.

The NFL star's ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, allegedly had interactions with his former teammate Lucky Whitehead, according to testimony heard during Elliott's appeal hearing last week.

"We received Arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision to uphold Mr. Elliott's suspension of six games", said a written statement released by Elliott's attorneys Tuesday night.

Asked by reporters in NY how the Giants were preparing for a Cowboys team that may or may not include Elliott, Giants coach Ben McAdoo served up some bulletin-board fodder.

The NFL filed its own lawsuit in federal court in NY, seeking to have its suspension of Elliott and arbitration ruling affirmed. Elliott was never charged in the case and appealed the suspension. "(Henderson's ruling) is issued, Elliott and the NFLPA will demonstrate now that they readily satisfy the requirements for preliminary injunctive relief should Elliott's appeal be denied", the filing said.

Elliott attorney Jeffrey Kessler told the judge near the end of a almost 2 1/2-hour hearing in federal court that Elliott's suspension was sustained by arbitrator Harold Henderson.

Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Upheld, He Will Play In The First NFL Game
Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension Upheld, He Will Play In The First NFL Game

Roberts, the National Football League director of investigations, was the only one to conduct interviews with Thompson, and 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.

The NFL could now draw the arbitration process out beyond Tuesday, therefore causing this judge to be unable to rule on whether or not the arbitration concluded with an unfair process. But the lawsuit seeks to pre-empt Henderson's ruling.

Update: It turns out that even though Zeke's suspension was upheld, the Cowboys running back will be available week 1. Elliott's suspension came as a result of a domestic violence case. The deliberate exclusion of her recommendations and findings constitutes a failure to follow the NFL's own Personal Conduct Policy, which the League unilaterally imposed and refused to collectively bargain.

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

During NFLPA lawyer Jeffrey Kessler's questioning of Friel, he asked her if she knew if anyone involved in the investigation "said we should not pursue discipline in this matter because the evidence is so inconsistent and there's so many credibility issues".

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