The NFL announced Wednesday that commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed veteran appeals officer Harold Henderson to hear the Cowboys running back's appeal of his six-game suspension for violating the league's player conduct policy. We now have a clearer picture of what that fight might look like.
Yahoo included some of the actual text messages, including one where Thompson told her friend she wants to sell the tapes but is "scared".
United States reports have said Elliott's legal team will attempt to discredit Thompson's evidence, claiming she had threatened to "ruin his career".
Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher past year as a rookie and one of the league's brightest stars, will be able to present all his evidence before Harold Henderson, who was appointed arbiter by commissioner Roger Goodell, according to ESPN. I'm a white girl.
Elliott's appeal will focus on the credibility of his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, according to sources close to the rusher. "He's got an appeal, and we're going to wait and see about that. They are not going to believe you" the day of the alleged assault. Cops contacted Elliott - who denied striking the woman. Robinson reports that Thompson admitted to National Football League investigators that she discussed via text message, she considered selling sex videos of her and Elliott for blackmail. The league cited photographic, digital and medical evidence as cause for a suspension.
While Thompson's exchange doesn't support Elliott's innocence, it could potentially raise reasonable doubt for her motives.
The NFL has been criticized in recent years for how it handles domestic violence committed by its players.
Thompson called the police on July 22, 2016, accusing Elliott of assaulting her while they were sitting in a parked auto.
Elliott hasn't spoken to reporters since training camp started, but wrote on Twitter after last week's ruling that he "strongly" disagreed with the NFL's findings.