NFL appoints Peter Harvey to hear Deshaun Watson appeal

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Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey will hear the NFL’s appeal of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s six-game suspension for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

PFT has confirmed that the NFL informed teams that Commissioner Roger Goodell has selected Harvey to hear the appeal. Goodell could have heard the appeal himself, but, as PFT reported earlier on Thursday, he opted not to go that route.

Harvey has close ties to the league, however. He serves on the NFL’s diversity advisory committee and he was part of the advisory committee that worked with the league ahead of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension in 2017. Harvey also served as the arbitrator for former Washington General Manager Scot McCloughan’s grievance against the team. Harvey ruled in favor of the team.

Harvey is currently a partner at Patterson Belknapp and his bio at the firm’s website notes his work to strengthen New Jersey’s sexual assault response while he was the state’s Attorney General.

The ties to the NFL and his previous work as a prosecutor could be signs that Harvey will be amenable to the league’s desire to see Watson suspended for more than six games once he issues his ruling on the matter.

8 responses to “NFL appoints Peter Harvey to hear Deshaun Watson appeal

  1. This whole process is a sham. Players union needs to fight, or union has no purpose.

  2. Watson (and Browns) have nobody to blame but themselves. They put themselves in this mess. They deserve whatever happens, and I’m a Browns fan. Watson should have admitted he has a problem, intended no harm, sought counseling, and taken a punishment. He would have been on the road to forgiveness by now, at least by NFL standards.

  3. Throw the book at him, not just because he is a predator, but because he still thinks he did nothing wrong. He has shown no remorse, no apology, no ownership for his behavior. Suspend him indefinitely.

  4. Poor Cleveland fans!

    Glad. It is Cleveland and not the Texans, but man it must be tough being a Browns fan!

    What a great trade & you got the adult in room now!

    Thanks for the draft picks!

  5. statechamp77 says:
    August 4, 2022 at 6:52 pm
    Poor Cleveland fans!

    Glad. It is Cleveland and not the Texans, but man it must be tough being a Browns fan!

    What a great trade & you got the adult in room now!

    Thanks for the draft picks!

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    Yeah because the texans are squeaky clean in this soap opera, NOT!

  6. afcnorth54 says:
    August 4, 2022 at 4:30 pm
    Watson (and Browns) have nobody to blame but themselves. They put themselves in this mess. They deserve whatever happens, and I’m a Browns fan. Watson should have admitted he has a problem, intended no harm, sought counseling, and taken a punishment. He would have been on the road to forgiveness by now, at least by NFL standards.
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    As a fellow Browns fan, it’s hard to argue your point. Had he been contrite about this whole thing, whether it was honest or not – this whole thing would probably be further down the road.

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