02 September, 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.
The NFLPA announced earlier Friday its intent to file in Texas, claiming "the NFL and its unilaterally appointed arbitrator" are engaged in a "league-orchestrated conspiracy" to "hide critical information which would completely exonerate Elliott".
According to CBS Sports, "The petition states that the "conspiracy" to "hide critical information" was created to hide said information from Roger Goodell, his outside advisors on the Elliott discipline, the NFLPA and Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys and National Football League fans".
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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 court would be asked to consider the "unfair processes" during the stay, allowing Elliott to play while matters were resolved in court. The NFLPA filed a petition stating that Elliot was not treated fairly after being suspended for six-games.
The union seeks a temporary injunction and the vacating of Henderson's pending arbitration ruling under Labor Management Relations Act and Federal Arbitration Act. "The credibility issues were addressed at length in the investigative report".
Asked if it would be common for an investigator to make a disciplinary recommendation in such a case, Lockhart said: "No". Henderson denied Peterson's appeal of a suspension, but a federal judge overturned Henderson's ruling. Although the 2016 season's rushing leader denied all claims regarding the incident, Henderson must thoroughly assess both sides of the case before coming to a decision, and not be too pressured by the added weight of expectations coming from such a prolific player and the franchise he plays for.
If Henderson affirms any part of the suspension, Elliott will need U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant to grant the restraining order to be eligible for the season opener September 10 against the New York Giants.