The NFLPA files its response to the NFLA’s appeal against Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations
- The players’ association has filed its response to the NFL’s appeal of the ban
- Deshaun Watson was given a six-game suspension by an independent arbiter
- The league appealed the suspension on Wednesday, which was labeled a ‘joke’
The NFLPA has responded to the NFL’s appeal against Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback was banned Monday by independent arbitrator Sue L. Robinson over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations dating back to his time with the Houston Texans.
The NFL exercised its collectively negotiated right to appeal Wednesday after the suspension by Robinson, a disciplinary officer appointed by the league and the players’ union.
The 26-year-old quarterback is accused of sexually abusing and harassing dozens of female massage therapists in the Houston area between 2019 and 2021, when he was a member of the Texans.
The league is appealing an indefinite suspension, which would last at least a year, and the appeal could also include a fine, the report said. Jeff Darlington of ESPN.
Watson is the first NFL player to face the new revamped disciplinary process that takes Commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial ruling and puts it in the hands of an independent arbitrator.
The NFLPA has filed its response to the NFL’s appeal against Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension
However, under Section 46 of the collective bargaining agreement, Goodell could have heard the appeal itself or appointed another arbitrator — and that decision by Goodell or his agent would be final and binding on all parties.
However, Goodell will not take the appeal personally and has instead appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey, according to multiple reports.
Mr. Harvey was the Attorney General of New Jersey and is not a partner in the New York firm of Paterson Belknap.
He serves on the Diversity Advisory Committee of the National Football League (“NFL”) and serves as an expert advisory on the NFL’s efforts to improve racial and gender diversity when hiring head coaches and senior executives in the NFL’s. – member clubs and league office.
More to follow.
Fromer New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey Will Hear NFL Appeal