National Football League files motion to dismiss NFLPA's Elliott petition

Esther Moore
September 6, 2017

"We are extremely disappointed with Mr. Henderson's inability to navigate through league politics, and follow the evidence, and most importantly, his conscious", Elliotts' attorneys wrote in a statement following the ruling.

The operative word in that sentence is "trying" - we're told the arbitrator has a lot of material to comb through and wants to be thorough. he doesn't want to rush out a decision.

If it plays out in Elliott's favor, he will be allowed to play while the matter is handled in court but could still serve the suspension later.

Amos Mazzant, a U.S District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas, scheduled a motion hearing for Tuesday at 5 p.m. on the temporary injunction.

Elliott, the NFL's 2016 rushing leader as a rookie, was suspended after the leagueconcluded he used physical force last summer in OH against Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.

Elliott is now facing a six-game suspension for allegedly abusing his ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson.

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The NFL also pointed to federal court case with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady when a federal appeals count ruled that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had the authority to suspend him, thus concluding that Elliott's suit has no standing or merit. She is the only person from the league to have inverviewed Thompson during the 13-month investigation, and when the filed her final report Roberts recommended no suspension. Kia Roberts' points were made very clearly.

The three-day appeal before Henderson ended Thursday after more than 25 hours of discussion, including Elliott testifying in his own defense.

The league also questions how the players association can request a restraining order enjoining "something that does not even exist". In addition to Elliott's appeal, the NFL player's union has since sued the league on behalf of Elliott in what they consider an "unfair process". The union has sought to reduce Goodell's role in the player disciplinary process and have players' appeals of disciplinary measures taken by the league resolved by an outside arbitrator. Next step is federal court, where Cowboys star will ask a judge to reduce his suspension. In this case, however, Dallas fans weren't the only ones complaining about the suspension.

One of the lead investigators in the case has gone on record saying Elliott didn't deserve to be suspended for six games. The argument is expected to be that the National Football League did not follow the guidelines as agreed upon in the CBA when it punished Elliott.

The NFL would prefer to move the case to the same federal district in NY that ruled Goodell had acted within his powers when he suspended Brady.

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