Learn the Inner Workings of the NFL Through Ezekiel Elliott’s Lawsuit

NFL Players Association filed a court order to block the player's six-game suspension.

NFL Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The NFL Players Association filed a petition to vacate the arbitration on Thursday in the case of Ezekiel Elliot in the Eastern District of Texas, according to SportsDay

The NFLPA took Elliott’s lawsuit to federal court even before arbitrator Harold Henderson issued his ruling.

The lawsuit accuses the NFL’s appeal process of being “fundamentally unfair” because arbitrator Harold Henderson denied a request to have his ex-girlfriend testify at a hearing, writes SportsDay. The suit also claims that NFL executives hid information that was favorable to Elliot before Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed a six-game suspension.

Elliott was suspended after a year-long investigation. The league said it had “persuasive evidence” that Elliot injured his former girlfriend on three incidences in July 2016. Elliot has denied all charges.

Part of the NFLPA filing for petition includes about 90 exhibits, including the NFL’s full 160-page investigative report.

You can read these documents at SportsDay, but the site notes “some readers might find the material objectionable or inappropriate.”

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