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    By TOM WITHERS | AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he feels the league needed to keep pushing for a year-long suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson because of his “egregious” and “predatory behavior” toward women. Speaking at the owners’ meetings Tuesday in Bloomington, Minnesota, Goodell addressed the league’s decision to appeal a six-game suspension given to Watson by Sue L. Robinson, a former federal judge appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association as an independent league disciplinary officer. Robinson found Watson violated the league’s conduct policy after he was accused by two dozen women of sexual assault or harassment while he played for Houston. Watson has settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits filed by the women, though he has denied any wrongdoing. The league has been seeking an indefinite suspension and fine for Watson, and felt Robinson’s six-game ban wasn’t enough. Goodell cited the collective bargaining agreement for empowering the league to seek further discipline. “Either party could certainly challenge and appeal that and that was something that we felt was our...
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has called for a minimum one-year suspension to be handed to Deshaun Watson for alleged sexual misconduct that he termed as 'egregious' and 'predatory behavior'. Last week, the NFL appealed against the six-game ban that was handed down to the Cleveland Browns quarterback by an independent arbiter, Sue L. Robinson. The NFL exercised its collectively bargained right to file an appeal last Wednesday in the wake of the suspension by Robinson, a disciplinary officer appointed by the league and players' union.  Speaking Tuesday on why he wants Watson banned for a year, Goodell said: 'We've seen the evidence, she was very clear about the evidence, she reinforced the evidence. 'There were multiple violations that were egregious and it was predatory behavior.' The six-game ban ruling was labeled as a 'joke' across social media by critics who felt a six-game suspension was insufficient given the allegations against Watson.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has called for a minimum one-year suspension to be handed to Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns The 26-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing...
    (CNN)NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that the league feels Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson should face harsher punishment for his "egregious" and "predatory" behavior.At an owners meeting in Minneapolis, Goodell spoke about the NFL's appeal of the suspension given to Watson last week by former federal judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association to rule on the matter. Robinson issued a six-game suspension for Watson. The NFL had been seeking at least a full-season suspension. Goodell selected former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the NFL's appeal. When asked why the league continues to seek a harsher punishment for Watson, Goodell said, "Because we've seen the evidence. (Robinson) was very clear about the evidence, she reinforced the evidence that there was multiple violations here and they were egregious and it was predatory behavior.""Those are things that we always felt were really important for us to address in a way that's responsible," Goodell continued.Read MoreNFL, wanting a harsher penalty, says it will appeal Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun...
    The NFLPA has filed its reply to the NFL's appeal of Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension.  The Cleveland Browns quarterback was handed the ban Monday by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations dating back to his time with the Houston Texans. The NFL exercised its collectively bargained right to file an appeal Wednesday in the wake of the suspension by Robinson, a disciplinary officer appointed by the league and players' union.  The 26-year-old quarterback is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing dozens of female massage therapists in the Houston area between 2019 and 2021, when he was a member of the Texans. The players' association had two days to respond to the appeal and submitted its reply Friday.   Under Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement, commissioner Roger Goodell could have heard the appeal himself or appointed another arbiter - and that ruling by Goodell or his designee would be final and binding to all parties. However, Goodell will not personally hear the appeal and instead appointed former New Jersey attorney general, Peter C. Harvey Thursday.  Harvey...
    The NFL picked a former New Jersey attorney general Thursday to oversee the appeal hearing that aims to overturn a six-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The league said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell selected Peter Harvey, who has a background in prosecuting sexual assault cases, to hear the case that claims Watson violated the league's personal conduct policy when he allegedly sexually assaulted women he hired as personal trainers and massage therapists. The 26-year-old quarterback has denied wrongdoing and claimed at least three of the cases were consensual. PAYING IT FORWARD: FORMER NFL STAR CHAD 'OCHOCINCO' JOHNSON LEAVES $1,000 TIP "Mr. Harvey served as the Attorney General of New Jersey and is now a partner at the Paterson Belknap firm in New York," the league said in a press release Thursday. "He has also served as a federal prosecutor. He has deep expertise in criminal law, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and has advised the NFL and other professional leagues on the development and implementation of workplace policies, including the NFL’s Personal Conduct...
    More than one year after the first civil lawsuit was filed against Deshaun Watson, independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson handed the Cleveland Browns quarterback a six-game suspension for the 2022 season.   The 26-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing dozens of female massage therapists in the Houston area between 2019 and 2021, when he was a member of the Texans.  The NFL exercised its collectively bargained right to file an appeal Wednesday in the wake of the suspension by Robinson, a disciplinary officer appointed by the league and players' union. Robinson's ruling was labeled as a 'joke' across social media by critics who felt a six-game suspension was insufficient given the allegations against Watson, and the NFL is now expected to increase the punishment.  Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was given a six-game suspension Monday The 26-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing dozens of female massage therapists in the Houston area dating back to his time with the Houston Texans RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next BREAKING NEWS: NFL files appeal of Deshaun...
    The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine in appealing a disciplinary officer’s decision to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, a person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter isn’t public knowledge, also said Watson would be required to undergo treatment before he could be reinstated. The league initially recommended an $8 million fine and asked during settlement negotiations for at least a $5 million fine plus a 12-game suspension that never materialized, another person involved in the talks told the AP. The NFL’s appeal gives Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone he designates authority to impose a stiffer penalty. League spokesman Brian McCarthy said it’s still to be determined whether Goodell or someone else will hear the appeal. Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson issued her ruling Monday after Watson was accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments while he played for the Houston Texans....
    Robert Griffin III spoke up about the Deshaun Watson situation, women and the NFL, and it’s something to appreciate. The NFL hasn’t done the best job when it comes to protecting women. We all know there have been multiple cases surrounding domestic abuse, assault, rape, and other things. When Robert Griffin III commented on the NFL appealing Deshaun Watson‘s six-game suspension, this woman in sports appreciated what he had to say. He didn’t hold back when speaking his mind and, thankfully, wasn’t the only media analyst to do so. With so many stepping up, what Griffin said makes even more sense. The NFL knows how bad this case looks with Watson, and if they accept six games, a lot of flak will come back on them. This case isn’t Ben Roethlisberger, who also got six games when his sexual assault allegations happened. The way the NFL blew over that and the countless other domestic abuse cases, they had to do something right with this one. Players have gotten indefinitely suspended for gambling, too many games to count for cannabis, and,...
    NFL officials appealed a six-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, seeking a harsher punishment after a disciplinary officer ruled Watson violated the league's personal conduct policy. The appeal filed on Wednesday seeks an indefinite suspension of at least a year, an undisclosed monetary fine, and a promise to undergo treatment, according to ESPN, after former Judge Sue Robinson ruled that Watson violated the policy after allegations of sexual misconduct were levied against the football player. NFL PERSONALITIES FABRICATE A RACIAL CONTROVERSY OVER KYLER MURRAY'S CONTRACT "On Monday, Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent Disciplinary Officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, issued her ruling in the Personal Conduct Policy matter regarding Deshaun Watson," the league said in a statement. "Under the 2020 NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining agreement ('CBA'), the factual findings of the Disciplinary Officer are binding and may not be appealed. Judge Robinson found that Mr. Watson violated the NFL's personal-conduct policy on multiple occasions and suspended him for six games." Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson takes part in...
    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appealed Deshaun Watson’s six-game ban on Wednesday and is seeking a suspension of at least one year, a source told the Daily News. Legal experts also believe Goodell, or an appointee, could levy a stiff fine on top of that. Judge Sue L. Robinson’s six-game Monday ruling fell way short of the “unprecedented” punishment the league was seeking for a “pattern of conduct … more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL,” as Robinson described Watson’s rampant alleged sexual assaults. The league notified the NFL players’ association of its appeal and filed its brief on Wednesday afternoon. The NFLPA has two days to file a written response to the appeal. Then Goodell, or a person appointed by him, will process the appeal “on an expedited basis,” as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement. The new ruling will “constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute and will be binding upon the player, club,” league and union, per terms of the CBA. The league had recommended to Robinson prior to her decision that Watson be...
    On Thursday, the National Football League issued an appeal on the six-game suspension of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Monday, an independent disciplinary officer of the NFL, Judge Sue L. Robinson issued the six-game suspension to Watson over a violation of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. Watson has been accused of sexual assault and harassment and has settled 20 civil lawsuits against him. In an announcement made Thursday by the league, they said, “The NFL notified the NFLPA that it will appeal Judge Robinson’s disciplinary decision and filed its brief this afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine who will hear the appeal.” According to the NFL, “the league could seek additional games to add to Watson’s suspension, a player fine and/or player treatment.” Don Riddell, of CNN’s World Sport, joined Jake Tapper on his show to explain the appeal further and what happens next. Judge, Sue Robinson that was appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFLPA. She concluded in her 16 page report that he would only be suspended for six games and she responded to the criticism that she...
    The NFL has filed an appeal over Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension.  Watson was given the ban Monday by an independent arbiter over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations dating back to his time with the Houston Texans. The ruling was labeled as a 'joke' across social media by critics who felt a six-game suspension was insufficient given the allegations against Watson and the NFL is now expected to increase the punishment.  The league is appealing for an indefinite suspension that would be a minimum of a year and the appeal could also include a monetary fine, according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington. A league spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for confirmation. The 26-year-old quarterback is accused of sexually assaulting and harassing dozens of female massage therapists in the Houston area between 2019 and 2021, when he was a member of the Texans.  The NFL has now exercised its collectively bargained right to file an appeal in the wake of the suspension by jointly appointed NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson. This is a new disciplinary process for...
    The NFL will appeal the six-game Deshaun Watson suspension as they believe it was too lenient, but how long do they want the Browns QB out for? Judge Sue L. Robinson issued her decision regarding the Deshaun Watson suspension earlier this week, ruling that the Cleveland Browns quarterback will be held out for the first six games of the 2022 season. However, the NFL is now taking steps to see that lengthened. On Wednesday, the NFL filed an appeal in which they will look to increase the length of the suspension. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out a PR release that further explains what is happening regarding the appeal, the short of it being that the league can’t appeal the factual findings of the appointed judge (Robinson in this case) but they are able to appeal the disciplinary decision, which is what they’re doing. From @NFLprguy https://t.co/cL44rn67Ii pic.twitter.com/FS34NjrU4c — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2022 As noted, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will appoint who will hear the appeal. But the question that is more pressing is how long of...
    (CNN)The attorney of Deshaun Watson's accusers says the NFL "does not care about the rights of women" following the Cleveland Browns quarterback's suspension for sexual misconduct allegations.Appearing on ESPN's "First Take," attorney Tony Buzbee attacked the investigation, saying he hopes the NFL will appeal the case, but his clients are angered and disappointed by the lenient suspension handed down by a disciplinary officer. "Don't expect the NFL to do anything heroic here," Buzbee said. Watson was suspended on Monday for six games without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy in private meetings with massage therapists, according to a ruling by a retired federal judge jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Watson has repeatedly denied the accusations. Read More"I've never assaulted, I never disrespected, and I never harassed any woman in my life," Watson has said. "I don't have any regrets."Two grand juries in Texas have declined to charge Watson with any crimes. Watson throws a pass during Browns training camp.Twenty-four civil lawsuits have been filed against Watson -- 23 have been settled confidentially....
    Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension will stand only if the NFL allows it. The punishment given to the Cleveland Browns quarterback by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy fell far short of the one-year suspension the league wanted. No problem. Because of the collective bargaining agreement, the league can appeal Robinson’s decision and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or a person he designates could then increase the suspension and impose a substantial fine. The ball is in the NFL’s court. The league has three days to file an appeal and is mulling its options. Still, the NFL Players Association could then try to challenge Goodell’s ruling on an appeal in federal court. One league official told The Associated Press before the three-day disciplinary hearing was held in June that both sides should try to avoid an appeal. The union already announced Sunday night it would abide by Robinson’s ruling. However, public reaction could determine the NFL’s next step. It wouldn’t be the first time the league reacts to an outcry from its followers....
    With at least a six-game suspension now given to him, how much money will Deshaun Watson lose? After a lengthy wait, Sue L. Robinson finally released her decision on whether and to what extent suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson Monday morning. He’s getting a six-game ban after more than two dozen known allegations of sexual misconduct attached to massages. The NFL can now appeal Robinson’s decision within the next three days. With earlier reports suggesting they wanted a much longer, indefinite suspension for Watson, and with commissioner Roger Goodell or a designee hearing said appeal, a longer suspension is definitely in play. When they gave Watson a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract, the Browns structured the deal in such a way that a suspension wouldn’t cost him nearly as much as it could have this season. His $44.965 million signing bonus is not impacted by the suspension, and his $46 million salaries for 2023-2026 are also untouched by the ban. Under his previous contract, before the trade to the Browns, a six-game suspension would have cost Watson...
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