As expected, the NFL has filed an appeal over the decision handed down by disciplinary officer Sue Robinson for a six game suspension of quarterback Deshaun Watson for violation of the League’s personal conduct policy.
As a part of her 16 page decision, Robinson noted that Watson violated three parts of the personal conduct policy, “sexual assault; conduct posing a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person; and conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL.”
Currently the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, while he was with the Houston Texans Watson was accused of inappropriate behaviors toward female massage therapists – allegations he has vehemently denied. Twenty-three of the 24 allegations have been settled out of court.
With the appeal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell – or his designated authority – may impose a stiffer penalty on Watson.
When the case went before Robinson, the NFL was asking for a minimum of a one year suspension but would have preferred an indefinite one.
The NFL Players Association has until Friday to respond via a written response. The NFLPA has the right to appeal the NFL appeal and possibly send the case before a federal court.
This was the first decision handed down by Robinson – a former federal judge selected by the League and the NFLPA to serve as a disciplinary officer. Previously Commissioner Goodell ruled on all cases involving a violation of the personal conduct policy.