The NFL Players Association is interested in how the league came to the conclusion that six games was an appropriate punishment and if Goodell's role had any role in determining the discipline, ESPN reported.
United States district judge Amos Mazzant has set the hearing on Ezekiell Elliot's motion for Tuesday, Sept. 5. The court would be asked to consider the "unfair processes" during the stay, allowing Elliott to play while matters were resolved in court.
"The idea that this was a conspiracy is false", league spokesman Joe Lockhart said.
Roberts' recommendation was not part of the NFL's final report or the suspension letter sent to Elliott and made public by the NFL; instead, the report focused on the league's findings of three times where Elliott was allegedly abusive toward Thompson, citing the victim's testimony and photographic evidence she provided. 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.
Henderson is supposed to rule on the NFL's decision to suspend Elliott 'as soon as practicable, ' according to the labor agreement.
The NFLPA claims the arbitrator failed to call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell - the man who handed down the suspension - to testify, resulting in additional deprivation of fairness to Elliott. It seems the union has learned from past experience: Immediately after Goodell upheld Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension in July 2015, the league filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in NY asking that a judge confirm its decision.
"It's an uncontested Hail Mary is what this approach is", McCarthy said. During testimony, it was said that Friel barred Roberts, who was an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn for eight years before being hired by the National Football League in 2015, from the meeting.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott claimed he had sex with the woman whose breast he exposed to a St. Patrick's Day party. "I mean it's okay", Elliott said, per TMZ Sports. Both decisions, which Friel made in consultation with NFL counsel, irreparably biased the league's disciplinary process against Elliott, according to the suit.
Henderson has heard dozens of appeals, including New Orleans running back Adrian Peterson's in a child abuse case out of Texas when Peterson was with Minnesota.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, there is pressure on Henderson to make a decision on Elliott's appeal by Monday.