NEWS: NFL Files Appeal On Six-Game Suspension Ruling Of Deshaun Watson

Syndication: Akron Beacon Journal

The National Football League has decided to appeal the six-game suspension ruling of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. NFL’s Brian McCarthy released a statement regarding the decision to appeal, per Ian Rapoport on Twitter.

“On Monday, Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent Disciplinary Officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, issued her ruling in the Personal Conduct Policy matter regarding Deshaun Watson.

Under the 2020 NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”), the factual findings of the Disciplinary Officer are binding and may not be appealed. Judge Robinson found that Mr. Watson violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy on multiple occasions and suspended him for six games. The CBA affords the NFL or NFLPA the right to appeal the discipline imposed by the Disciplinary Officer. Such an appeal must be filed within three days and would be heard by the Commissioner or his designee.

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

Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson reports that the National Football League is expected to pursue a “significant increase” in punishment of Deshaun Watson with sources predicting they will seek a suspension for the entire season.

Judge Robinson claimed during her ruling that she found Watson’s pattern of behavior to be “egregious” , and finds in favor of the NFL that Watson’s conduct undermines the integrity of the NFL, but stated the behavior was allegedly not violent.

Legal Analyst Amy Dash explains full decision of Judge Robinson HERE.