The NFL confirmed last week that former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey has been selected to hear the league’s appeal of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension. delivered by Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson regarding allegations of sexual misconduct during the massage. sessions.
It was widely reported that the league was looking to make Watson ineligible for at least the entire upcoming season. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the decision to appeal Judge Robinson’s decision on Tuesday.
“As you know, it’s part of the ABC that two parties had the right,” Goodell replied. “Either party could certainly challenge and appeal and that was something we thought was our right to do. . . . So we decided it was the right thing to do.”
Goodell was also asked about the league’s desire for a one-year suspension for the 26-year-old shipped by the Houston Texans to the Browns last March after he didn’t play at all last season at the middle of his desire for exchange.
“Because we’ve seen the evidence,” Goodell explained. “[Judge Robinson] was very clear on the evidence. . . that there were multiple violations here, and that they were egregious and that was predatory behavior. These are things that we have always felt were important for us to address in a responsible way.”
As it stands, Watson is eligible to train and compete in exhibition matches. He’s on track to travel with the Browns and could start Friday’s preseason opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars.