Ezekiel Elliott suspension put on hold by court

Peter Castro
September 2, 2017

Of the twists and turns that the Ezkiel Elliott suspension saga has taken so far, perhaps none were as eyebrow-raising as the report that Kia Roberts, the NFL's own director of investigations, recommended that the league impose no discipline on the Dallas Cowboys running back.

Elliott was suspended for six games after the league determined he used physical force last summer in OH against Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time, AP reports.

According to the filing, Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's director of investigations, testified Tuesday that she was the only National Football League employee who interviewed the running back's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, during the investigation and that she would not have recommended discipline for Elliott based on what she found.

Roberts' conclusions were not included in the league's final investigative report of the incident, nor was she invited to a meeting with the four outside advisors selected by the commissioner to help him determine Elliott's punishment.

According to Florio, if the union's claim is accurate, Goodell may have to vacate the suspension, then re-hear the entire case, with the input of Roberts.

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But Kia Roberts, the lead investigator, did not believe there was enough evidence to suspend Elliott for six games, according to Deadspin and other outlets. Elliott denied the allegations and was never charged or arrested. "Every practice and every game Mr. Elliott misses will hurt our team's chances of having a successful season and making to the 2017-18 NFL Playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl". In addition, they planned on noting his refusal to allow them to question Thompson during the appeal hearing, as well as his decision to bar the introduction of notes and material investigators gathered while interviewing her.

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. "The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in this statement", read a statement from the NFLPA. Henderson is expected to rule by Tuesday.

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after rushing for a first down during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.

The Cowboys open their season at home against the New York Giants this weekend, and as of now it could be a coin flip if they have their starting back for that game.

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