NFL accuses union of Ezekiel Elliott leaks, union says NFL spreading ‘lie’

4:52 PM ET

The NFL and the NFLPA released dueling statements Wednesday regarding Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s appeal of a six-game suspension, with the league citing “shameful” attempts to discredit Elliott’s accuser and the union accusing the NFL of spreading a “lie.”

Shortly after news broke that commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday appointed Harold Henderson to be the arbiter for Elliott’s appeal hearing on Aug. 29, the NFL accused the players union of leaking text messages sent by Elliott’s ex-girlfriend in an effort to discredit her claims of domestic abuse.

The league’s statement followed reports by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Yahoo! Sports that revealed text messages sent by Tiffany Thompson, Elliott’s ex-girlfriend, that were included in the NFL’s 160-page report of the findings of its investigation into Elliott’s alleged domestic abuse.

“Over the past few days we’ve received multiple reports of the NFLPA spreading derogatory information to the media about the victim in [the] Ezekiel Elliott discipline case. … these tactics are shameful. Efforts to shame and blame