Ezekiel Elliott, running back for the Dallas Cowboys, is not taking his six-game suspension lightly.
Elliott was suspended by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Elliott was accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend last year, despite the case being dropped after text messages showed the alleged victim conspired to set him up. Despite Elliott going unpunished legally, the NFL conducted its own investigation and found that Elliott "used physical force" against his girlfriend. The result of their findings was a six-game suspension.
On Friday (September 1), the NFL Players' Association (on behalf of Elliott), filed a request for a temporary restraining order to block the suspension, calling the process "fundamentally unfair." The suit goes on to say that the six-game punishment "threatens irreparable harm to [Elliott's] season, career and reputation."
The NFLPA further implies that the league is plotting against Elliott, saying there is a "League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives to hide critical information which would exonerate Elliott." According to the suit, an investigation was done that proved the running back's accuser was "not credible in her allegations of abuse and there was insufficient corroborating evidence of her incredible allegations to go forward with any discipline," yet Elliott was still punished.
The NFLPA is asking, yet again, that the suspension be tossed out.