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Ezekiel Elliott and the NFL Players’ Association aren’t waiting for a ruling on the Dallas Cowboys running back’s appeal of a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy to take further action.
The NFLPA filed a request in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for a temporary restraining order on behalf of Elliott, seeking to vacate any ruling by arbitrator Harold Henderson that would fully or partially keep the ban in place.
In an excerpt of the filing, the NFLPA contested that “there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives … to hide critical information — which would completely exonerate Elliott.”
The 2016 rushing champion was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Aug. 11 after a year-long league investigation into domestic violence allegations made by a woman claiming to be Elliott’s former girlfriend. She accused him of assaulting her multiple times in July of 2016, shortly before the start of Elliott’s rookie season. Goodell cited extensive digital evidence and testimony from Elliott’s accuser and medical experts when explaining his decision.
Elliott was never arrested or charged.
The NFLPA accuses the NFL’s appeal process in the case of being “one of the most fundamentally arbitral processes conceivable” because Henderson denied attempts by Elliott’s attorneys to have his ex-girlfriend testify at a hearing that wrapped up earlier Thursday.
Elliott’s three-day appeal hearing wrapped up Thursday. His suspension was set to begin on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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