The NFL has hit back at an accusation by Ezekial Elliott that the league orchestrated a "conspiracy" against him.
Elliott said during testimony in his appeals hearing, however, that the dynamics of his relationship with Thompson changed once he learned she was pregnant.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy on Friday disputed a key claim in a lawsuit filed by the players' union on behalf of Elliott seeking to vacate an upcoming ruling on an appeal.
On Wednesday at the Elliott appeal hearing, appeals officer Harold Henderson heard testimony from Lisa Friel the former New York City prosecutor who now investigates domestic violence cases for the NFL. The NFLPA filed a petition stating that Elliot was not treated fairly after being suspended for six-games.
Thompson, in an interview with National Football League investigator Kia Roberts a year ago, and Elliott, as part of his testimony during his appeals hearing this week in NY, both contended they weren't ready to be parents as 20-year-olds.
Elliott also said that the woman did not actually give him permission to pull her top down at the time but later said she was "okay with it".
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Furthermore, the NFL's director of investigations, Kia Wright Roberts, testified that she interviewed Zeke's accuser, Tiffany Thompson, and determined that Elliott should not be suspended at all. The NFL referenced the incident as part of its domestic violence investigation, apparently considering it relevant to Elliott's suspension case.
Elliott's lawyers harped on this detail, as it was a clear departure from the process of the investigation.
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.
"Not only did the underlying facts not support the false allegations made against Mr. Elliott, but the process in which they were gathered and adjudicated [was] fundamentally unfair", the pair said in a written statement.
Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after rushing for a first down during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. The NFL season kicks off Thursday night, and the Cowboys make their regular-season debut on September 10 on "Sunday Night Football".