NFL To Appeal Deshaun Watson’s Suspension

The NFL introduced Wednesday that it’s interesting Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension for violating the league’s private conduct coverage following allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to him by two dozen ladies.

This determination comes two days after NFL Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson handed down the six-game common season suspension. The Nationwide Soccer League Gamers Affiliation and Watson determined Sunday to not enchantment Robinson’s ruling and had urged the league to take the identical motion.

However in a short assertion Wednesday afternoon, an NFL spokesperson stated the league advised the NFL Gamers Affiliation it will enchantment Robinson’s determination.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or a proxy he appoints will determine on Watson’s suspension, based on the present collective bargaining settlement phrases.

Watson was suspended on Aug. 1 for violating the NFL’s private conduct coverage following accusations of sexual misconduct by 24 ladies in Texas, the place Watson had performed for the Houston Texans. The ladies accused Watson of sexual harassment and assault throughout therapeutic massage remedy appointments in 2020 and 2021, together with allegedly exposing himself and forcing a lady to have oral intercourse with him.

On Monday, a lawyer representing ladies who’ve filed civil fits in opposition to Watson stated three of the 4 remaining plaintiffs had reached confidential settlements with him. Watson, in the meantime, has maintained his innocence.

Watson was traded to the Browns in March on a five-year, $230 million contract. The 26-year-old beforehand spent 4 years with the Texans and have become one of many NFL’s prime quarterbacks.