The NFL has three days to file an appeal against the ruling made by former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson on Monday; the appeal puts the league in last place deciding on Deshaun Watson’s punishment, with them said to be pushing for a season-long ban
Last Updated: 03/08/22 11:38 pm
The NFL has filed an appeal against Deshaun Watson’s proposed six-game suspension, putting itself in a position to ultimately decide the penalty for the Cleveland Browns quarterback.
Former US district judge Sue L Robinson, selected by the federation and NFLPA as an independent disciplinary officer, said Monday Watson will be suspended for six games without pay for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after being accused of sexual misconduct.
While the union has vowed to accept any ruling that Robinson makes, the federation has three days to file an appeal and it decided to file by Wednesday afternoon.
The league said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would appoint a designee to hear the league’s call. He or she will offer “full, final and complete dispute resolution”, according to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
“The NFL has notified the NFLPA that it will appeal Judge Robinson’s disciplinary decision and filed a summary this afternoon,” the NFL said in a statement Wednesday.
Robinson wrote on Monday that although the punishment was “the most substantial ever levied against an NFL player for allegedly engaging in non-violent sexual conduct, Mr Watson’s stereotype is more severe than any other punishment.” any penalty previously reviewed by the NFL.”
According to reports, the NFL is pushing for an indefinite suspension that will last through the end of the 2022 season. NFLPA and Watson have vowed to sue if he is suspended for the season.
- Arizona Cardinals recipient DeAndre Hopkins received a six-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug violation.
- Receiver Josh Gordon has been suspended for a total of 78 games by the NFL since joining the league in 2012 for violating their drug policy.
- Atlanta Falcons recipient Calvin Ridley has been suspended for the entire 2022 season for betting on games.
- Former New York Giants player Plaxico Burress received a four-match ban after accidentally shooting himself in the foot with a gun.
- Vincent Jackson has been given a three-match ban for intentionally driving a vehicle with a suspended license.
Robinson found there was insufficient evidence to support a season-long or indefinite eviction.
Robinson writes: “The NFL may be a forward-looking organization, but it is not necessarily a forward-looking organization. “Just as the NFL responded to violent behavior following a wave of public outcry, so it appears that the NFL is responding to another public outcry over his conduct. Watson.
“At least in the previous situation, the policy was changed and applied proactively,” she wrote. “Here, the NFL is trying to impose a more drastic change in its culture without the benefit of fair notice – and the consistency of the consequences for – those in the NFL following the policy. its books.”
Watson is accused of sexual assault and inappropriate misconduct during massage sessions that took place between March 2020 and March 2021.
The 26-year-old has settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits he faces, including three announced Monday by plaintiffs attorney Tony Buzbee. That included a settlement with Ashley Solis, the first person to sue Watson and the first to go public.
Although two grand juries in Texas have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Watson, the NFL is still conducting an independent investigation to determine whether he violated its personal conduct policy. your own or not.
Robinson’s verdict came after three days of testifying in Delaware in June.
The Browns traded the first three options for Watson in March and signed him to a five-year, $230 million contract – with all funds fully guaranteed.
They have said that Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback during Watson’s suspension.