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NFL appeals Deshaun Watson’s 6-game suspension

Deshaun Watson
Posted at 4:07 PM, Aug 03, 2022

The NFL has decided to appeal the six-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson set by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, according to multiple reports.

Watson was apparently informed during practice on Wednesday afternoon, according to News 5 reporter Camryn Justice, who says fans were yelling about the appeal from the stands as a Browns official approached Watson.

Watch that moment:

NFL appeals Deshaun Watson’s 6-game suspension, which Watson learns on field

Watson met with fans moments later.

The Browns will not issue a statement today, News 5 has learned.

The suspension came down following the NFL’s investigation into allegations made by two dozen women who accused him of sexual assault and harassment.

The NFL was hoping for a stricter decision and a fine for Watson and will now pursue that outcome via appeal.

Watson's is the first case to be heard by Robinson as part of the new league discipline policy agreed upon in the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2020. As per the CBA, violations of the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy are initially determined by a jointly appointed disciplinary officer after serving as the hearing officer.

Rusty Hardin, who has also defended Watson in the many civil lawsuits against him, represented the quarterback in the league hearings with Robinson, also supported by the NFLPA.

Robinson, as expected, took her time in her first case of this nature and after three weeks, decided on her ruling, which per the CBA "will constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute and will be binding upon the player(s), Club(s) and the parties to this Agreement with respect to that dispute."

This process could now take a couple more weeks, with Goodell himself or another arbitrator being assigned to take a look at the case.

The arbitrator will have to take a look at the 15-page report filed by Robinson and no new evidence will be allowed.

Previously, Watson said he would not appeal the suspension. You can watch more about the suspension in the player below:

'I empathize with those who have been directly effected by this decision': Stefanski speaks to the media following Watson decision

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