NFLPA files response to NFL appeal of Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations
- The players’ association submitted its response to the NFL’s appeal against the ban
- Deshaun Watson has been handed a six-game suspension by an independent referee
- The league appealed the suspension, which was called a ‘joke’ on Wednesday
The NFLPA has filed its response to the NFL’s appeal of Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback was banned Monday by independent arbitrator Sue L. Robinson for 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 on Wednesday following the suspension of Robinson, a disciplinary official appointed by the league and the 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 was given two days to respond to the appeal and submitted its response on Friday.
Under Article 46 of the collective agreement, commissioner Roger Goodell could have heard the appeal himself or appointed another arbitrator – and that decision by Goodell or his delegate would be final and binding on all parties.
However, Goodell will not personally hear the appeal and instead appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey on Thursday.
Harvey now has all the information at his disposal to write his decision on the appeal.
NFLPA Files Response to NFL’s Appeal of Deshaun Watson’s Six-Game Suspension
The players’ association announced that it had submitted its response to the NFL’s appeal on Twitter
There will be no other hearing, Harvey will examine the file and the briefs submitted before making a decision.
It’s unclear how soon the decision will be announced, but it could be within the next week and should come before the start of the regular season, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
The league is appealing for an indefinite suspension that would be for at least a year and the appeal could also include a monetary fine, according to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington.
Mr. Harvey served as New Jersey’s Attorney General and is now a partner at Paterson Belknap in New York.
He is a member of the National Football League’s (“NFL”) Diversity Advisory Committee, serving as an expert advisor on the NFL’s efforts to improve racial and gender diversity in hiring. of head coaches and senior executives throughout the NFL’s 32 years. member clubs and league office.
Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear NFL appeal