Roger Goodell wants Deshaun Watson suspended for an entire season.
Last week, NFL disciplinary office Sue L. Robinson suspended Watson for six games but noted that she did not feel the Browns QB deserved more punishment because the Browns QB was “non-violent.”
Judge Sue L. Robinson’s decision says Deshaun Watson’s “pattern of behavior was egregious,” but notes that behavior was “nonviolent sexual conduct” in explaining the decision to suspend him six games, per source.
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Goodell immediately appealed Robinson’s decision and appointed Peter Harvey to handle the appeal of Sue L. Robinson’s six-game suspension.
While speaking to the media on Tuesday, Goodell made it clear why the league is seeking to suspend Watson for a full season according to Pro Football Talk.
Asked why the league is seeking a one-year suspension of Watson, Goodell provided a blunt and strong assessment.
“Because we’ve seen the evidence,” Goodell said, via James Palmer of NFL Network. “[Judge Robinson] was very clear about the evidence. . . that there were multiple violations here, and they were egregious an it was predatory behavior. Those are things that we always felt were important for us to address in a way that’s responsible.”
Goodell also defended the league’s right to appeal.
“As you know, it’s part of the CBA that two parties had the right,” Goodell said. “Either party could certainly challenge and appeal that, and that was something we thought was our right to do. . . . So we decided it was the right thing to do.”