NFLPA files request to block Elliott suspension

The NFL players union is fighting back hard regarding Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension. The first is Kia Wright Roberts, the NFL's Director of Investigations.

Roberts further testified, according to the hearing transcripts, that she was not included in the part of the process where the committee that investigated the Elliott matter recommended discipline to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell.

That memo, produced by league director of investigations Kia Wright Roberts following her interviews with Thompson, became a significant battleground in Elliott's appeal of a six-game suspension this week in NY.

Roberts was part of the committee that wrote the 160-page report on its investigation into Elliott's case, but that report did not include a specific recommendation of discipline.

Roberts testified in Elliott's appeal hearing that she did indeed recommend that he should not be disciplined.

During the appeal hearing there was testimony that Friel barred Roberts from the meeting, a source said.

The appeal decision is in the hands of arbitrator Harold Henderson, who is reportedly under pressure to make a decision in the next few days.

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The new petition is asking the US District Court in Texas to vacate the suspension if it's upheld by Henderson.

If Elliott's full suspension is upheld on appeal, he would be barred from taking part in any team activities starting on September 2 unless the court issues a stay.

The lawsuit says the union and Elliott's representatives plan to file for a temporary restraining order in hopes of making Elliott eligible for the season opener September 10 against the New York Giants. The organization representing the players is adamant that the process by which league commissioner Roger Goodell arrived at a six-game ban for Elliott is fundamentally flawed.

Elliott was never charged or arrested in the incident as the Columbus, Ohio, city attorney's office cited inconsistent and misleading information from Thompson.

The NFL's personal conduct policy was amended three years ago to stiffen penalties in domestic cases.

The petition also claims there is a "league-orchestrated conspiracy" to "hide critical information-which would completely exonerate Elliott".