Ezekiel Elliott sues the National Football League, claims a 'conspiracy' to 'hide critical information'

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on prior to a a presason game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

"Roberts recommended no suspension for Elliott following her interviews with Thompson during the investigation - a fact Roberts testified to during the appeals hearing with Henderson, according to a source."

The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit against the league on Elliott's behalf in Sherman, Texas federal court Thursday evening.

United States district judge Amos Mazzant has set the hearing on Ezekiell Elliot's motion for Tuesday, Sept. 5.

According to CBS Sports, "The petition states that the "conspiracy" to "hide critical information" was created to hide said information from Roger Goodell, his outside advisors on the Elliott discipline, the NFLPA and Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys and National Football League fans".

Inconsistent statements from Thompson resulted in Roberts recommending that Elliott receive no suspension, according to Yahoo and ESPN. Was Roger Goodell so determined to suspend Elliott and avoid a Ray Rice redux, that he excluded anyone who might try to talk him out of it?

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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.

Elliott's ban stems exclusively from the league's investigation into the domestic violence allegations made by Tiffany Thompson in July 2016, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.

The obvious difference between this ordeal and Deflategate is that this isn't about deflated balls, these are allegations of domestic violence against Elliott, which are obviously much more serious.

The findings of Roberts' investigation are what had the Cowboys so confident about Elliott's status before his suspension was handed down. 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. But in the meantime, Elliott and the NFLPA have already filed suit against the league in an attempt to overturn any forthcoming suspension ruling from Henderson.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old standout best learn well from this incident if he truly desires to become the next great running back for America's Favorite Team. One witness claimed Thompson had encouraged her to lie to police about the alleged assault, and revealed text messages that supported that assertion.

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