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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...
    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The NFL Players Association has filed a brief replying to the league’s appeal in Deshaun Watson’s discipline case. Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey now has the necessary paperwork to issue a ruling. The players’ union announced the reply brief shortly before Friday’s deadline but didn’t release its contents because it’s confidential. Harvey was selected by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to hear the league’s appeal of the six-game suspension given to Watson for violating the personal conduct policy. The NFL said Friday there’s no timeline for Harvey to issue a ruling. The policy says the appeal will be “processed on an expedited basis.” Watson was suspended by independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson after being accused of sexual assault and harassment by two dozen women in Texas. The allegations go back to when Watson was playing for the Houston Texans. Watson, who was traded to Cleveland in March, recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by the women. Watson has denied any wrongdoing. The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of...
    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...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has chosen former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the appeal of the six-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson was suspended this week by independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, who concluded he violated the league’s personal conduct policy after being accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women in Texas. The league, which had been pushing for an indefinite suspension for Watson, wanted further discipline and appealed Robinson’s ruling on Wednesday. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the appeal gave the power back to Goodell to enact punishment but he instead chose Harvey, currently a partner at a law firm in New York. In noting his qualifications, the league said Harvey “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 Policy.” Harvey has also served as Goodell’s designee in other arbitrations. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Copyright © 2022 The Associated...
    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...
    Suspended Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross isn't appealing his NFL-imposed punishment over tampering allegations involving Tom Brady, but that doesn't mean the billionaire real estate developer is happy. As Pro Football Talk reported Tuesday, Ross is 'going apes***' over the penalty, which includes the Dolphins forfeiting a 2023 first-round pick and a third-rounder in 2024. Furthermore, Ross was fined $1.5 million and banned until October 17. He is prohibited from entering the Dolphins' facility before then. Specifically, Ross and the Dolphins are accused of making impermissible contact with Brady, the legendary Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, and now-former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton while the two were under contract. Ross allegedly tried to make Brady a team executive and limited partner. Ross did avoid any punishment over former head coach Brian Flores's tanking allegations. Flores sued the team and the NFL for racial discrimination after being fired in January, and has since taken a defensive assistant position under Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh. As Pro Football Talk reported Tuesday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (pictured) is 'going apes***' over...
    (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...
    Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles seemed pretty relaxed Tuesday afternoon. Two days before Poles’ first NFL draft as a GM, he expressed confidence in his team’s preparation. “The hay is in the barn,” Poles said. “When you go into draft day, it’s a little bit more calm than everyone thinks. It’s a little more quiet.” Poles said he’s satisfied with the way the Bears draft board has come together and how his scouts, coaches and front-office talent evaluators have met to sort through the hundreds of prospects the team will consider selecting. And even in a heightened role as the man responsible for making each selection, Poles didn’t seem to be feeling much pressure. “The responsibility of making the pick? Yeah, it’s bigger,” he said with a smile. “But at the same time, you rely on the work everyone put in to make the right decision. And that was the cool thing about doing a lot of these mock-up drafts. We feel comfortable with the way this thing is going to play out.” With the draft set to begin...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says he’ll appeal a $50,000 fine imposed by the NFL for slapping the helmet of one of his players during last Sunday’s 31-15 NFC wild-card playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Arians said he was trying to prevent safety Andrew Adams from drawing a penalty for pulling players out of a pile when he stepped a short distance off the sideline and struck the player’s helmet with his hand before trying to push Adams away from Eagles players. At the bottom of the pile, the Bucs’ Ross Cockrell had recovered a muffed punt, giving the defending Super Bowl champions the ball at the Philadelphia 48. Five plays later, Tom Brady threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, putting Tampa Bay up 24-0. The Bucs host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional round on Sunday. “I will appeal it,” Arians said Wednesday. “It ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good.” The day after the incident, Arians said he didn’t feel he had done anything...
    Getty The Denver Broncos' defense gets to chase Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in prime time, December 5, after the game was flexed to a later time slot. When the NFL schedule was dropped in May of 2021, the Denver Broncos saw a rather impressive streak come to a screeching halt. The five-year malaise since Peyton Manning retired certainly lowered the Broncos’ ‘Q-rating,’ as the schedule makers and television executives disregarded the Mile High City’s beloved football team as must-see TV. ALL the latest Broncos news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Broncos newsletter here!   During May 2021’s unveiling of the league-wide schedule, the Broncos were to only appear in one prime-time matchup — and it wasn’t on “Monday Night Football,” which ended a 29-year-streak of appearances. Such a run was once an NFL record, so the dissing of their favorite team didn’t go unnoticed around Broncos Country. But that’s what happens when a team with such a storied tradition suddenly finds itself among the league dregs, as the Broncos have been while missing the...
    Getty Cassius Marsh of the Chicago Bears celebrates a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Heinz Field on November 8, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) The NFL just doubled down on one of the most questionable penalty calls in recent memory. When Chicago Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh sacked Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter of their Week 9 Monday Night Football matchup, Marsh did something he had always done: He celebrated the sack with a spinning kick in the air. Marsh then took several steps toward the Steelers sideline, not uttering a word, before he turned to run off the field. As he ran off, it looked very much like referee Tony Corrente had initiated contact with him: On the taunting penalty, Cassius Marsh says he was hip checked by referee Tony Corrente. He watched the video and called it, “Incredibly inappropriate.” Corrente said he was unaware the contact occurred.pic.twitter.com/4SFCIEhPow — Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) November 9, 2021 “On my way to the sideline, I got hip-checked...
    That Ring! Siesta Keys Chloe Trautman Is Engaged to Chris Long Americas productivity fell faster than any point since 1981 Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich, who was fired on Oct. 18 for failing to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, accused athletics director Pat Chun of violating his First Amendment rights and interfering in the university’s process to consider religious exemptions in a 34-page appeal made public by Rolovich’s attorney on Thursday. CFP Rankings 1.0: Oklahoma has uphill, but manageable, climb to top 4 USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next The Saints Spook the Defending Champs, and the Back-Up QBs Are Scary Good | NFL Deep Dive Sports Illustrated Michael Robinson: Week 9 vs. Bengals is a must-win game for Browns NFL Hanzus on Baker Mayfield: I dont know if hes the guy for Cleveland NFL Justin Fields best plays from first 100-yard rushing game Week 8 NFL Garafolo, Rapoport: Henry Ruggs III could be in prison for...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Matthew Judon fought the NFL and … Matthew Judon won? In what is a truly rare instance, the NFL admitted it was wrong in issuing a fine of $10,300 to Judon for a personal foul penalty in Week 1. Judon said after the fine was issued that he did not believe he was guilty of that punishment, so he appealed the fine. On Wednesday, he won that appeal. #Patriots LB Matthew Judon successfully appealed his $10,300 fine for unnecessary roughness in Week 1 and the full fine was rescinded, source said. Judon was penalized after a scrum in the #Dolphins bench area. But it won’t end up impacting his wallet. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 3, 2021 On Thursday, when speaking with reporters, Judon was asked about his big win. “Oh yeah!” Judon said while laughing and rubbing his hands together. “Yeah, man. I guess the good people at the NFL office seen fit that they should give my money back, and I agreed with them. And so I thank them and I thank that they...
    Getty La'el Collins was suspended by the NFL for five games. The suspension of Dallas Cowboys starting right tackle La’el Collins has been a bit of a mystery, but new details were revealed as to why the offensive lineman was hit with a steep penalty. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Collins attempted to bribe the test collector which resulted in the five-game suspension. “Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins was suspended by the NFL after trying to bribe the league’s drug-test collector, sources told ESPN,” Schefter detailed. “Players cannot be suspended for positive marijuana tests under the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, but Collins’ issue was multiple missed tests and also trying to bribe the test collector, according to sources.”The NFL Was Prepared to Reduce Collins’ Suspension to 2 Games: ReportSchefter reported that the NFL was prepared to reduce Collins’ suspension to two games before an arbitrator ruled that the original five-game penalty should stand. Collins is attempting to appeal the arbitrator’s decision, but the five-game suspension is not expected to be reduced, per Schefter. The NFL...
    The Guilty review: Jake Gyllenhaal goes ham in overwrought Netflix thriller America to Wells to Fargo: This is unacceptable © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The NFL and the Cowboys have announced that Cowboys tackle La'el Collins has been suspended five games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Collins’s agent, Peter Schaffer, insists that the appeal process isn’t final and should not have been disclosed. “We are extremely disappointed in how the NFL has handled this entire matter from trampling on Mr. Collins rights to prematurely releasing the information knowing a timely appeal was filed to intentionally misleading the court at the hearing,” Schaffer said in a statement. “The extent and effort the NFL went to to accomplish its ends is appalling.” Ian Rapoport of NFL Media has said that it’s his understanding that Collins was suspended for missing drug tests. “Essentially, failure to appear,” Rapoport tweeted. However, the policy does not permit a suspension for mere “failure to appear.” The language adopted in 2020 allows a suspension only for...
    Getty Cowboys owner Jerry Jones The Dallas Cowboys announced starting right tackle La’el Collins has been suspended by the NFL for five games. Collins’ suspension is the result of a violation of the NFL Policy of Substances of Abuse. “Starting right tackle La’el Collins has been suspended without pay for the next five games for violating the NFL Policy on Substances of Abuse, the NFL announced Friday,” the Cowboys stated in a press release. “Collins will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 18, following the team’s Week 6 game at New England.” The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7 which means the soonest the Cowboys will have had their offensive line at full strength will be Week 8 against the Vikings. Starting guard Zack Martin missed the season opener after testing positive for COVID-19, and Collins will be sidelined when the veteran returns to the field. Collins Plans to Appeal the Suspension: ReportSo far there have been few details released on what prompted Collins’ suspension. According to NFL Network’s Ian...
    Henry Vega has “horrible luck” buying 49ers jerseys — until this year, he hopes. His past purchases came the same seasons in which knee injuries struck NaVorro Bowman (2013), Jimmy Garoppolo (2018) and Nick Bosa (2020). None of those players are from Reno, however. Vega, 30,  is from there, as is wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk. “This year, I bought a Brandon Aiyuk jersey since he’s the hometown kid, so I hope the curse is over,” Vega, 30, said of adding Aiyuk’s No. 11 to his collection. “Knock on wood.” Travis Benjamin, Calif. – Aug. 26: San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk catches a pass during practice, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, in Santa Clara, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)  Aiyuk is coming off a strong rookie season. The 49ers are not. That hasn’t dampened fans’ hopes for a rebound. Skyrocketing jersey sales reflect that. Why are jerseys a hot topic this year? A couple of reasons: THROWBACK MODEL If the 49ers had their way, they’d wear throwback uniforms for all 17 regular-season...
    Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater considers himself the best offensive tackle in next month’s NFL Draft, and he’s done more than just talk about it with the 49ers. Slater’s patterned his game after their past two left tackles, Joe Staley and Trent Williams, the latter of whom arrived last season upon Staley’s retirement. “Joe’s a guy whose kind of like me, not the prototypical size of left tackle but extremely effective, and the way he played, he was a master technician,” Slater said Tuesday on a video call with reporters from Northwestern’s pro day. “Trent is a freak athlete and does awesome stuff with his hands.” If Williams escapes in free agency next week, the 49ers may not find a ready-made Pro Bowl to succeed him. Two offensive tackles, Taylor Moton (Carolina Panthers) and Cam Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars), drew their teams’ franchise tag Tuesday. If that free agent market looks slim, Slater might be ideal for general manager John Lynch to take with the 49ers’ top draft pick, assuming Slater lasts to their spot at No. 12 overall...
    Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater considers himself the best offensive tackle in next month’s NFL Draft, and he’s done more than just talk about it with the 49ers. Slater’s patterned his game after their past two left tackles, Joe Staley and Trent Williams, the latter of whom arrived last season upon Staley’s retirement. “Joe’s a guy whose kind of like me, not the prototypical size of left tackle but extremely effective, and the way he played, he was a master technician,” Slater said Tuesday on a video call with reporters from Northwestern’s pro day. “Trent is a freak athlete and does awesome stuff with his hands.” If Williams escapes in free agency next week, the 49ers may not find a ready-made Pro Bowl to succeed him. Two offensive tackles, Taylor Moton (Carolina Panthers) and Cam Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars), drew their teams’ franchise tag Tuesday. If that free agent market looks slim, Slater might be ideal for the 49ers’ top draft pick, assuming he lasts to their spot at No. 12 overall or if they trade up for him....
    The New York Jets have suffered a dismal run in the NFL over the past few seasons. The last time the Jets registered a winning record in the regular season was back in 2015 when they went 10-6. To find out the last time they made the Playoffs, one has to go back even further, all the way back to 2010. This season has been no different, as a matter of fact, it’s been even worse. 13 games into their season and they sit at the bottom of the AFC East with a 0-13 record. Even with such a track record, the Jets job remains a lucrative one for NFL coaches. Let’s dig deeper as to why anyone would want to hop on the Jets bandwagon. Tank for Trevor The Jets tanking this season will have serious implications for next year’s draft. Their complete washout so far puts them in place to draft the #1 overall pick in the next season. And if rumors are anything to go by, the Jets are in line to draft one of...
    U.S. daily coronavirus cases exceed 129,000, third day over 100,000 Romaine lettuce recall 2020: Tanimura & Antle recalls single heads of romaine for possible E. coli contamination Raiders will appeal draconian sanctions, says owner Davis (Reuters) - Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said the organization intends to appeal the "draconian" punishments handed out by the National Football League (NFL) for repeated COVID-19 protocol breaches. © Reuters/Kelley L Cox NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The NFL stripped the Raiders of a 2021 sixth-round draft pick and fined them $500,000, while coach Jon Gruden was fined $150,000 after the league placed the team under its "intensive protocol" measures following offensive tackle Trent Brown's positive test ahead of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "The fines are draconian," Davis told ESPN. "But we will appeal them. Outside the organization, people have the wrong impression about the Raiders. We take it seriously. "It's unfortunate that certain things outside the protocol are the things being focused on, rather than the positive steps we've taken as an organization." Gruden had...
    Supreme Court throws out First Amendment ruling against Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson Friendlys restaurant chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid pandemic woes Supreme Court allows antitrust suit against NFL to proceed WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday an antitrust challenge can go forward to the way the National Football League sells the rights to telecasts of pro football games. © Provided by Associated Press In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The league's 32 teams pool the rights to telecast their games, negotiating packages with the major networks as well as the DirecTV satellite service. The lawsuit was filed by businesses and individuals who say they purchased a package of games from DirecTV. A lower court ruled that the NFL's contract with DirecTV may limit competition in violation of federal law. The arrangement has been in place for more than 25 years. © Provided by Associated Press The Supreme Court is seen as morning fog lingers on Capitol Hill in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday an antitrust challenge can go forward to the way the National Football League sells the rights to telecasts of pro football games. The league's 32 teams pool the rights to telecast their games, negotiating packages with the major networks as well as the DirecTV satellite service. The lawsuit was filed by businesses and individuals who say they purchased a package of games from DirecTV. A lower court ruled that the NFL's contract with DirecTV may limit competition in violation of federal law. The arrangement has been in place for more than 25 years. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that in rejecting the NFL's appeal at this early stage of the lawsuit, the high court was not necessarily endorsing the claims. “In sum, the defendants—the NFL, its teams, and DirecTV—have substantial arguments on the law. If the defendants do not prevail at summary judgment or at trial, they may raise those legal arguments again” in a new appeal to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh wrote. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    Getty Quinton Dunbar has been in the Seahawks' virtual meetings. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar has been placed on the NFL Commissioner’s Exempt List putting his status for the upcoming season in jeopardy. Dunbar was planning on reporting to Seahawks training camp on July 28 and will appeal the NFL’s decision, per The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta. “Quinton Dunbar’s attorney, Andrew Rier, tells the Seattle Times Dunbar will file an appeal of NFL move to place him on Commissioner’s Exempt List,” Condotta noted on Twitter. “Basis of appeal is that while Dunbar has been arrested, formal charges have yet been filed in court. Rier notes Dunbar had recently been given permission by state of Florida to travel to Seattle. Rier says Dunbar was getting set to board plane Monday to Seattle when he got news of going on exempt list.” Dunbar along with Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker are part of an ongoing legal battle over accusations that they were involved in a Florida robbery. Prior to Dunbar’s recent legal troubles, Seattle acquired the cornerback in a deal...
    Amid protests and riots sweeping the nation following the tragic death of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued an apology heard ’round the sports world, and while he didn’t specifically name quarterback-turned-social justice activist Colin Kaepernick, Goodell would soon make quite clear that his message was partly directed to him, openly welcoming Kaepernick to work in some capacity with the league. New reports say that “multiple teams” now have a “legitimate interest” in giving Kaepernick yet another opportunity to make it back on the field. “We, the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell said in a video statement posted June 5. “We, the National Football League believe black lives matter.” A few days later, Goodell addressed the question of Kaepernick returning to the league. “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said during a June 15 interview with ESPN. “But I welcome that,...
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