The players' union accuses the league's appeals process of being "fundamentally unfair" and citing new facts revealed during this week's hearing that wrapped up Thursday. This isn't the NFL's first rodeo when it comes to being sued by players over suspensions, and the courts have sided with players before on this specific issue. The hearing on Tuesday lasted for two hours, and Elliott's attorney Jeffrey Kessler said to the judge that arbitrator Harold Henderson sustained the suspension. Elliott has denied the allegations. "And whoever they out in front of us, we look forward to the challenge of going out there and stopping them". Roberts determined in her findings that the accuser was "not credible".
Simply put, Elliott can not prove irreparable harm, which is the key element judges consider when ruling on a preliminary injunction, because the result of his appeal has not been announced.
"They're trying to create a grand conspiracy story where none exists", league spokesman Joe Lockhart told NFL.com on Friday.
"For people to assume that the National Football League is not fair - or it's a man's club or not committed to (addressing) issues like domestic violence - I don't feel that way inside this organization".
The league has maintained that Goodell was aware of Roberts's reservations but made his disciplinary decision based on the totality of the evidence. "The 160-page report included a fulsome description of the credibility problems of both Tiffany Thompson and Ezekiel Elliott".
'And what I remember her saying because I do kind of remember this specifically is she said that Ezekiel is upset because he found out that I was dating some guy, ' the investigator said during the appeal.
Friel answered: "I don't know if I can answer that".
If the arbitrator decides in the Elliott's favor, he may be cleared to play in the season opener against bitter division rival New York Giants. When Zeke was asked about Whitehead, he responded that he was furious and that Thompson continued sending Elliott messages where she hinted at having an affair with Elliott's former teammate. That would likely happen in NY, like they did in DeflateGate. ESPN reported he rode a stationary bike during the team's practice this past week.
"The NFLPA also lacks standing to seek a contingent order preemptively challenging an award that clearly has not yet (and may never) cause it or Ezekiel Elliott any harm", Eric Gambrell, a lawyer representing the NFL, wrote in one of the filings.
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