NFL to enchantment Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension

The NFL will enchantment Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s personal-conduct coverage, the league introduced Wednesday.

“On Monday, Decide Sue L. Robinson, the unbiased Disciplinary Officer collectively appointed by the NFL and NFL Gamers Affiliation, issued her ruling within the Private Conduct Coverage matter relating to Deshaun Watson,” the league mentioned in a press release on Wednesday. “Underneath the 2020 NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining settlement (‘CBA’), the factual findings of the Disciplinary Officer are binding and is probably not appealed. Decide Robinson discovered that Mr. Watson violated the NFL’s personal-conduct coverage on a number of events and suspended him for six video games. The CBA affords the NFL or NFLPA the proper to enchantment the self-discipline imposed by the Disciplinary Officer. Such an enchantment have to be filed inside three days and could be heard by the Commissioner or his designee.

“The NFL notified the NFLPA that it’ll enchantment Decide Robinson’s disciplinary determination and filed its transient this afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell will decide who will hear the enchantment.”

The NFL had till Thursday morning to enchantment the suspension.

Robinson, a former federal decide, ordered Watson’s six-game suspension on Monday, writing in a 16-page report that the NFL efficiently “carried its burden to show, by a preponderance of the proof, that Mr. Watson violated the (personal-conduct) coverage” by participating in “sexual assault; conduct that poses a real hazard to the security and well-being of one other particular person; and conduct that undermines or places in danger the integrity of the NFL.”

In accordance with Robinson’s report, the NFL argued Watson ought to be suspended for at the least the whole 2022 season. Robinson, nevertheless, wrote that she was “sure ‘by requirements of equity and consistency of remedy amongst gamers equally located'” in her determination.

NFL Community’s Judy Battista reported Wednesday, citing a supply acquainted with the enchantment, that the league once more is looking for a one-year suspension for Watson. NFL Community’s Steve Wyche reported Wednesday that the league might additionally search a participant high-quality and/or participant remedy.

The NFL Gamers Affiliation introduced Sunday that it could not enchantment Robinson’s determination. The union has two days to reply to the league’s discover of enchantment.

Per the personal-conduct coverage, the enchantment will likely be processed on an expedited foundation and will likely be based mostly on a “assessment of the prevailing file,” that means that no new proof or testimony will likely be permitted.

“The Commissioner or his designee will concern a written determination that can represent full, closing and full disposition of the dispute and will likely be binding upon the participant(s), Membership(s) and the events to this Settlement,” the CBA states.

Watson’s suspension got here a month after his three-day listening to in Delaware earlier than Robinson. The disciplinary listening to concluded on June 30.

Watson has beforehand denied any wrongdoing and maintained any intercourse with the ladies was consensual. Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on prison complaints filed by 10 girls.