NFLPA suggests that Deshaun Watson will not appeal Judge Robinson’s decision

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With a decision from disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson expected on Monday, the NFL Players Association has issued a statement that includes a very strong implication.

“In advance of Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this proceeding,” the NFLPA said Sunday night. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL inquiry and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any Personal Conduct Policy investigation. A former federal judge — appointed jointly by the NFLPA and NFL — held a full and fair hearing, has read thousands of pages of investigative documents and reviewed arguments from both sides impartially. Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be tarnished based on the whims of the league office. This is why, regardless of her decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by her ruling and we call on the NFL to do the same.”

Without expressly saying it, this statement strongly suggests that the union and Watson won’t appeal Judge Robinson’s decision, whatever it may be. Subsumed within that position is a quiet confidence that the decision will fall far short of the one-year minimum ban the league office wanted.

The biggest question becomes whether the NFL will abide by her ruling. Last month, the Associated Press reported that the league would be inclined to not appeal a suspension in the range of six to eight games. That report was later disputed. Regardless, the league will have the ability to appeal, unless Judge Robinson imposes no discipline at all.

29 responses to “NFLPA suggests that Deshaun Watson will not appeal Judge Robinson’s decision

  1. I mean, everyone knows what the suspension is going to be, and everyone has agreed to quietly follow it. This little game should make fans mildly ill.

  2. If the Watson camp didn’t already know, and like, the pending ruling, they wouldn’t be preemptively asking for everyone to respect it.

  3. If the NFL appeals her decision and wins, then I do imagine the NFLPA/DW will appeal, no?

  4. Gee…Grandstand much? Of course you’re not going to appeal. Roger holds the gavel in the appeals court.
    You have no choice but to throw in the towel…or wash cloth or whatever.

  5. This whole Deshaun Watson ordeal is both fishy and ugly. Do better NFL and NFLPA

  6. What crime has he committed?
    Does this all boil down to him paying IG models to give the extras at the end of the massage?

  7. Still waiting for 1, just 1, of the 30 gals to come right out and say they did something against their will. I hope he gets a 4 game suspension. 8’s too much for a “non-crime.”

  8. So your not going to appeal to Roger Goodell? Brilliant! Asking the NFL not to use the process that YOU AGREED to? Stupid!

  9. religionisforidiots says:
    July 31, 2022 at 8:35 pm
    Lifetime ban


    For what exactly?

  10. Goodell and the NFL are praying for the non-appealable “no punishment” judgement. If the punishment is “too light”, there will be intense pressure for Goodell to appeal and suspend DW for a year.
    If that ensues, the NFLPA will likely sue for breach of contract (or should), and the discovery process will divulge what the NFL knew and did about Kraft, Snyder and Dalrymple (of Cowboys).
    The owners and Goodell do not want that.

  11. What will the NFLPA do now if Judge Robinson comes up with a 1 year suspension ?

  12. so much for the “me too” movement…only when it’s politically convenient, I guess.

  13. The fix is in, here comes the broom to sweep this entire thing u Def the rug. Lol yeah the nfl cares about women.

  14. First, based on their statement it’s obvious that the NFLPA had advance notice of the penalty. Second, okay kids! Engage in serial sexual misconduct bordering on rape and you too can get a record-breaking NFL contract and it will only cost you a slap on the wrist! Yes, the same penalty for a first steroid offense. Boys will be boys, you know.

  15. Now that we know the weakness of the penalty, DeeShawn has a month and a half at watching his team lose and for players to get injured. And then he’ll realize what a mess is left for him to take over.

  16. So Watson got a punishment of:

    1. 6 game suspension

    2. 345k in forfeited salary

    3. A 10 million dollar years paid vacation

    4. 230 million dollar guaranteed contract

    Makes total sense

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