NFL Says Roger Goodell Knew of Kia Roberts' Recommendation on Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

The NFLPA believes it has a strong case for challenging Ezekiel Elliott's suspension based on what it perceives as serious flaws in the NFL's investigative process, according to a source familiar with this week's appeal hearing.

This is just the latest battle between the NFLPA and the league over Elliott's suspension.

One also must wonder why the league didn't consider Roberts input? Thompson terminated the pregnancy at about 10 weeks, she told Roberts, by taking two pills.

The appeal hearing for Elliott, who was suspended six games by the NFL earlier this month for violating the league's policy on personal conduct, concluded on Thursday after 25 hours of testimony (it began on Monday).

The 22-year-old Elliott is accused by Tiffany Thompson of five domestic assault incidents in July 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Elliott's attorneys, Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum, said they "have witnessed some of the most egregious violations of legal due process" during the league's investigation into their client.

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Elliott said during testimony in his appeals hearing, however, that the dynamics of his relationship with Thompson changed once he learned she was pregnant. "Further, the fundamental unfairness set forth above was then compounded, multiple times, by denying Elliott the opportunity to confront his accuser and have her sit for cross-examination, a denial which deprived Elliott and the union of the most basic rights of a fundamentally fair procedure, in a proceeding where everyone agreed that the credibility of the accuser and Elliott were essential to resolution".

Not only has Elliott not legally been charged with anything related to the case, but there have been reports indicating that his accuser, Tiffany Thompson, harassed him and considered blackmailing him with sex tapes.

"Very, very... I mean yes" said Jones. However, Roberts was left off the NFL panel that decided on Elliott's punishment, and her recommendation was not included in the league's final report or official letter to him. "And I've got a lot to say".

Instead, Lisa Friel, the senior vice president for investigations, attended the meeting, where she recommended the six-game suspension that would eventually be handed down.

Dallas Morning News columnist says Elliott's defense team is going to be loud and nasty, as the transcripts reveal. But ignoring Roberts' recommendation and keeping her out of the meeting after she was the one who spoke with the victim could hurt the NFL's case.

The NFL Players Association filed a request in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday to block any suspension upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson involving Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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