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Here’s a look at the major legal players in the Ezekiel Elliott case

When Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was notified by the NFL on Aug. 11 that he was suspended without pay for the team’s first six games, it set off days of legal maneuvering.

There has been an arbitration hearing, a lawsuit and more lawsuits.

On Friday, a Texas judge ruled that Elliott didn’t receive a fundamentally fair arbitration hearing and granted him a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction.

Elliott is suspended for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Elliott’s former girlfriend, Tiffany Thompson, who attended college at Ohio State University along with Elliott, accused Elliott of domestic violence on several occasions.

Here’s a look at the major legal players in the Elliott case:

Arbitrator Harold Henderson: Henderson has spent 16 years as the NFL’s executive vice president for labor relations and chairman of respondent National Football League management council’s executive committee. He is best known for handling the appeals of former Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy and running back Adrian Peterson, who is now with New Orleans.

Kia Roberts: Roberts is the director of investigations for the NFL. She conducted the league’s investigation of Thompson’s accusations against Elliott, interviewed Thompson six times, and compiled many of the notes that were the basis for the Elliott Report. She formerly worked in the Brooklyn (N.Y.) District Attorney’s office. She attended Duke University and Vanderbilt University Law School, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Lisa Friel: Friel is the special counsel for investigations for the NFL. She was a co-author of the Elliott Report. She formerly worked in the New York County District Attorney’s office. She was appointed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. She is responsible for all investigations related to possible violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy

Frank Salzano and Scott Rosenblum: They are attorneys for Elliott. Salazano has handled contracts and litigation for many celebrities, including Michael Jackson.

Jeff Kessler and Heather McPhee: They are attorneys for the National Football League Players Association. Kessler is best-known in NFL circles for representing Ray Rice, Tom Brady, and the “Bountygate” players.

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