Deshaun Watson comment: NFL appeals six-game ban for Browns QB; NFLPA Brief Reply

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension will be appealed by the NFL, which prior to Watson’s suspension had been calling for an indefinite ban of at least one year.

The NFL notified the NFL that it will appeal Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson’s decision regarding Watson’s suspension Wednesday afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to oversee the appeal hearing. Under Canada’s penal code, Goodell had the option to consider the appeal himself as well. The NFLPA said Friday it has provided a summary of its response to the NFL’s appeal.

There is no timetable for when Harvey will hear the appeal. In accordance with the league’s personal conduct policy, this must be done urgently. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Harvey’s written decision “will constitute a complete, final and complete resolution of the dispute and will be binding on the player(s), club(s) and parties to this Agreement.”

The NFL will seek to obtain Unlimited suspension for at least one yearaccording to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported that the NFLPA was preparing to sue the NFL in federal court if it appeals Robinson’s decision.

Watson recently faced 24 civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions during his time with the Houston Texans. He has since settled on 23 of those lawsuits — three of them on the Monday before Robinson’s ruling. Watson, who has denied wrongdoing, was not charged with criminal charges by a Texas grand jury earlier this season.

“Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players, has issued her ruling in the matter of personal conduct policy regarding Deshaun Watson,” the league said in a statement via NFL Media. “Under the 2020 NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (‘CBA’), the Disciplinary Officer’s factual findings are binding and may not be appealed. Judge Robinson found that Mr. Watson violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy on multiple occasions and was suspended for six games. Grants The CBA, NFL, or NFLPA has the right to appeal a discipline imposed by a disciplinary officer.This appeal must be filed within three days and will be heard by the commissioner or his designee.

“The NFL has notified the NFLPA that it will appeal Judge Robinson’s disciplinary decision and has filed his memo this afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine who will hear the appeal.”

Robinson’s verdict was revealed Monday morning, as the Browns began their second week of training camp. Watson did not release a statement following the ruling, and owners Dee Brown and Jimmy Haslem issued a statement of their own shortly after the suspension was announced.

“Throughout this process, Deshaun and his representatives have adhered to the newly established and agreed-upon process for the NFL and the NFL to submit to Substantive Judge Sue L. Robinson to comprehensively review all information and make a fair decision. We respect Judge Robinson’s decision, and at the same time, empathize and understand That there were many individuals who were moved during this process.

“We know Deschamps is sorry that this situation has caused so much grief to so many and he will continue the work required to show who he is on and off the field, and we will continue to support him.”

As it currently stands, Watson will miss at least the first six games of the 2022 season. Meanwhile, the Cleveland quarterback will be Jacoby Brissett, who scored 37 career starts during his time with the Patriots, Colts and Dolphins.

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