While the NFL has said it will not appeal Robinson’s ruling, the union is unlikely to stop should the NFL appeal. Roger Goodell Or the appointed commissioner will oversee the appeal, as outlined in the 2020 CBA. The NFLPA has been linked to referring the matter to court, if Goodell lifts that ban to a full season.
By the NFL, the appeal is under consideration. Her statement indicated that Robinson’s ruling is still being reviewed (Twitter Link). While the NFL hasn’t made its push for a season-long suspension a secret, the NFL remains upset by Robinson’s decision to impose a six-game ban, according to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson (on Twitter). Union ‘strongly maintains[s]Watson should not have been suspended for alleged sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct against more than 20 women.
In her report, Robinson described Watson’s pattern of nonviolent sexual behavior as “more egregious than any behavior previously reviewed by the NFL”. Watson denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but the report notes “It is difficult to give weight to a complete refusal when compared to the credible testimony of investigators who interviewed therapists and other third parties.. Robinson’s ruling also prohibits Watson from seeing a non-team certified massage therapist for the rest of his career.
Robinson sided with the NFL by saying that Watson violated the personal conduct policy on all three counts (sexual assault, conduct that threatens a person’s well-being and safety, and conduct that undermines the integrity of the NFL), ESPN.com’s Jake Trotter Tweets. The gray area of this nonviolent sexual behavior has come into play in connection with the six-game suspension, but Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio points out Robinson’s findings — including the clip that he sees as more likely than Watson not lying to NFL investigators. Goodell had enough justification to increase the length of the Browns quarterback’s suspension.
Given the NFL’s push for a year-long ban and its efforts to guard against a PR backlash, it’s not hard to see a scenario in which Goodell would follow by adding games to Watson’s comment. This would open the door to an NFLPA countermeasure that would take this to court. The CBA and the last precedent won’t be on the union’s side in court, but the legal process being undertaken may delay Watson’s ban. Tom Brady And the Ezekiel Elliot They were able to play under orders; Batson could end up doing the same. However, Brady and Elliot ended up serving the stops, which were eventually set by the commissioner.