Deshaun Watson Suspended Six Games, NFL Appeals
NFL Offseason - The decision came down today from disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, an independent arbiter, and she has given Deshaun Watson a six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct. There is no additional fine. Twenty-five diffeent women accused Watson of misconduct in civil lawsuits, although all of those lawsuits have been settled (and one dropped) except one outstanding case. The NFL has three days to appeal... to itself, which is a strange legal situation. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will give the final written decision per terms of Article 46 in the CBA. Will the NFL increase the suspension? Six games does not seem to be enough to me, but apparently the arbiter felt that six games was the standard for the first investigation of violating the personal conduct policy, particularly for "non-violent" sexual misconduct. There are 25 cases here, but it's one investigation, which means it's the first investigation. Seems like a bit of a legal loophole, but there we are.
UPDATE WEDNESDAY: The NFL this afternoon announced they will be appealing the suspension, seeking a tougher penalty. Under the CBA, Roger Goodell decides who will hear the appeal and has the option to consider it himself. Sources tell ESPN (and other reporters) that the league is still seeking a one-year suspension as well as a heavy fine.