NFL is reviewing Judge Robinson’s decision in the Deshaun Watson case, will decide on “next steps”

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Now that Judge Sue L. Robinson has imposed a six-game suspension on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, the ball is in the league’s court.

Will the NFL exercise its right to appeal the decision to the Commissioner of the NFL?

For now, the league has not answered the question. Here’s the statement from the league, issued moments ago: “We thank Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer, for her review of the voluminous record and attention during a three-day hearing that resulted in her finding multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy by Deshaun Watson. We appreciate Judge Robinson’s diligence and professionalism throughout this process. Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL or the NFLPA on behalf of Watson may appeal the decision within three days. In light of her findings, the league is reviewing Judge Robinson’s imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on next steps.”

The NFLPA already has said it will accept Judge Robinson’s decision, and the union has called on the league to do so as well. While it eventually may, the league has yet to reach a decision.

32 responses to “NFL is reviewing Judge Robinson’s decision in the Deshaun Watson case, will decide on “next steps”

  1. NEVER accept the 1st offer. The NFL should push for a 17-game suspension but be willing to settle at 12 games.

  2. Fans, Please stop comparing to Calvin Ridley. Calvin’s issue is related to integrity of the game. Completely different. Squash it when it’s small so a larger issue doesn’t destroy the game. In regards to Deshaun, rich and powerful people get away with more. Welcome to real life.

  3. A female judge weighed all of this evidence and determined that a six game suspension and other recommendations are the correct course of action in this case. I’m not sure why the bulk of the commenters on here are going into orbit over it.

  4. If the Judge is using last year as a “suspension”, then dock that pay as well.

  5. The league decides to sit pat will just show the hypocrisy when they demand more women be hired. Still where is the uproar of the women working in this league.

  6. Anyone with a sister, daughter or mother might want to put the pompoms down here. What a joke.

  7. For all the people saying don’t compare to Calvin Ridley, YES, compare to Calvin Ridley.

    There are degrees to everything.

    If he bet $1B on the Super Bowl he should be banned for life because that is enough money for referees, players and coaches to cheat/tank. $1,500 is nothing to them. Every single referee, coach and player on the field makes much more than that in their game check. There is no integrity in question.

    He received a one year suspension for the lowest possible offense.

    If Deshaun Watson told a reporter she had a nice tookus it would be a fine of $30k, not a suspension. That is a lower degree than what he did. With this ruling the NFL is saying that it may take 60 accusers to get suspended for an entire season.

  8. I don’t understand why the NFL only presented a handful of cases instead of all of them

  9. Watson is only allowed to use the Browns licensed massage therapists. Tells you everything you need to know.

  10. There are no “next steps” for this dog and pony show.

    This whole thing was rigged and settled the day Cleveland made the trade and Goodell approved if.

  11. pftmember says:
    August 1, 2022 at 12:56 pm
    Anyone with a sister, daughter or mother might want to put the pompoms down here

    ———
    If your sister, daughter or mother is a Craigslist massage therapist then they know what they are advertising for

  12. Six games for more than two dozen incidents of abuse with dozens of women.

    If this sticks, I’m done with the NFL. There’s been so much to be dismayed at in recent years, but this goes too far.

    It’s not okay, NFL. Don’t normalize this. It would be a horrible precedent.

  13. The judge said his behavior was egregious and said he should only get messages at team facilities so clearly there was wrong doing found. This is a case of the judge not understanding how many games is too much or too little. the NFL has to appeal and add games or they are a joke!

  14. The suspension will be doubled to 12 games with an admonition that this is Watson’s first, last and only chance.

  15. Send a message NFL, this guy is a predator. Sit him down for this entire year & take away 25% of that big new contract & donate it to women’s shelters in Houston & Cleveland. Send a message so serious that others can’t scoff at it or dismiss – like we are doing right now with this joke of a current decision.

  16. I commented earlier about whether the judge would say in her ruling that the lack of any significant punishment for the owners had a bearing on her ruling. If she does that may hamstring the league from any appeal that would increase Watsons punishment. Will be interesting for sure…

  17. You guys sure have you mind made up without seeing the facts that 2 grand juries and a judge were privy to. No surprise here… Your assessment of NFL QBs is quite bad even with all the facts and video right in front of you.

  18. The league only reviewed 4 cases, which means they completely disregarded the experiences of more than 20 0ther women. And the judge recommended a suspension that adds up to one quarter of a game per offense.

    That says everything you need to know about how seriously the NFL takes the issue of sex abuse and the importance of women’s lives in general. This ruling couldn’t have been more anti-women if it came from the Supreme Court.

  19. Common sense had this starting at least double Ben’s ban of 6 being multiple acts instead of one. If this stands Watson is a lucky dude.

  20. nhpats2011 says:
    August 1, 2022 at 1:24 pm
    pftmember says:
    August 1, 2022 at 12:56 pm
    Anyone with a sister, daughter or mother might want to put the pompoms down here

    ———
    If your sister, daughter or mother is a Craigslist massage therapist then they know what they are advertising for
    ____________

    You just claimed that all of Watson’s victims are essentially prostitutes. Please explain your basis for that accusation.

  21. If the six game suspension is upheld, then it will be up to the players on the other side of the line of scrimmage to extend Watson’s time away from football.

  22. I do understand that it is not the NFL’s job to get justice for these women, it is the job of the Houston Police and DA, but I do feel that NFL would have been better served if DW had gotten a bigger suspension. Tom Brady gets 4 game suspension for made up charges of deflating footballs and DW gets 6 games? This suspension has many people upset and the conversation will keep going and will not be positive for the NFL.

  23. Dear NFL, how much money does it take to sell your soul?
    Dear Browns, how much money does it take to sell your soul?
    To Watson …

  24. The judge has ruled. Let it stand. I wonder how much dirty laundry Roger has that he is hiding? Someone as arrogant as he is, probably a lot.

  25. Let’s see what kind of guts Goodell has. I’m still hoping they reconvene another grand jury.

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