Earlier this week, Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson ruled that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will undoubtedly be suspended for the initial six games of the upcoming NFL season for violating the leagues personal conduct policy. On Wednesday, the NFL announced that they can be appealing the six-game suspension.
Based on the Associated Press, Robinsons ruling fell lacking the full-season suspension that the NFL initially argued. Now NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can make a choice on who’ll hear the appeal.
The NFL said in a statement,
The NFL notified the NFLPA that it’ll appeal Judge Robinsons disciplinary decision and filed its brief today.
As previously reported, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) announced earlier this week they would the stand by position, Robinsons ruling.
Robinson, who’s a former U.S. district judge, and was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, wrote in a 16-page report stating that the NFL successfully carried its burden to prove, by way of a preponderance of the data, that Mr. Watson violated the (personal-conduct) policy by participating in sexual assault; conduct that poses an authentic danger to the safety and well-being of someone else; and conduct that undermines or puts at an increased risk the integrity of the NFL.
In accordance with ESPN, the NFLPA has until Friday to file a written reaction to the NFLs appeal, from there Goodell will decide if he’ll hear the appeal or appoint another person to take action.
Watson has been accused of exhibiting inappropriate and non-consensual sexual behavior during sessions with massage therapists between March 2020 and March 2021, while he was still part of the Houston Texans. Because of this, he was hit with 24 civil lawsuits from accusers. He recently settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits.
Watson has previously denied the allegations against him and maintained his innocence.
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