When will Peter Harvey issue a Deshaun Watson ruling?

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The Personal Conduct Policy and the Collective Bargaining Agreement say nothing about when a decision must be made by Peter Harvey in the appeal of Deshaun Watson‘s six-game suspension. The only requirement is that the process must be “expedited.”

There’s one specific wrinkle that could delay the expedition process. Although the policy and the CBA do not contemplate a hearing on appeal, it’s possible that the NFL Players Association has requested one.

Neither the league nor the union has answered the question of whether a hearing was requested, or whether a hearing will occur. Obviously, a hearing would slow things down.

A hearing also would be largely meaningless. There can be no new evidence. A hearing would give the parties a chance to present their positions verbally to Harvey before he issues a ruling.

If anything, the league should want a hearing. The union got the last word as to the written documents. A hearing would give the league a way to present a rebuttal.

Then again, if the NFL wants Harvey to know what the NFL thinks of the NFLPA’s brief, the NFL surely has ways to let Harvey know, given his broader relationship with the league.

If there isn’t a hearing, it’s reasonable to brace for a decision this week. Judge Sue L. Robinson had the written materials of the parties for 20 days before issuing her ruling, and she was not required to expedite her consideration of the case. Harvey has had the written submissions for three days and counting. Friday will make for a full week. If expedited means what it’s supposed to mean, a week seems like the longest possible window Harvey should utilize before formally giving the NFL whatever it wants.

15 responses to “When will Peter Harvey issue a Deshaun Watson ruling?

  1. This is how I hope it goes…

    Rog- Mr Watson has been suspended indefinitely.

    Media- When will he be allowed back in the NFL?

    Rog- We’ll let you know.

  2. When will the Houston Texans be investigated for being complicit in Watson’s behavior?

  3. I feel like this is another show for the league to then say, “we tried to increase the suspension”. Goes nowhere.

  4. Wouldn’t like a 15 game suspension help penalize the Browns for structuring the contract as they did?

  5. He’s letting a few days go by before exposing the NFL as doing whatever it wants regardless of what an experienced female federal judge with decades of experience ruled

  6. howdoiturnfloriospostsoff says:
    August 8, 2022 at 4:52 pm
    Wouldn’t like a 15 game suspension help penalize the Browns for structuring the contract as they did?

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    Most large contracts are structured like that. Huge signing bonus and low base salary.

    Mahomes first year of his extension gives him $29.4M. His base salary is just $1.5M.

  7. Isn’t there still one person who refused to settle with Watson? Is she planning on taking Watson into a court trial? And what happens if Watson is found guilty? And what happens if another young lady surfaces?

  8. To be honest the NFL is a clown show. They missed to suspend Watson immediately while he was with the Texans, they missed to block any trade of Watson, they missed to rule any specific punishment for the owners and than get humiliated by an ex federal judge who ruled based on the NFL standard. If they have any dignity left they have to accept the ruling or undoing the trade which they approved and start to investigate the Texans and suspend Watson for a longer time.
    What they do is cherry-picking which is motivated by a social media lynch mob. And when they get what they want I hope there will be lawsuits all over (e.g.. Brwons vs NFL, Browns vs Texans, Watson vs NFL, NFLPA vs NFL, etc.) to bring the whole clown show down and let the owner bleed for their own double standards!

  9. Coupon Email says:
    August 8, 2022 at 6:01 pm
    howdoiturnfloriospostsoff says:
    August 8, 2022 at 4:52 pm
    Wouldn’t like a 15 game suspension help penalize the Browns for structuring the contract as they did?

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    Most large contracts are structured like that. Huge signing bonus and low base salary.

    Mahomes first year of his extension gives him $29.4M. His base salary is just $1.5M.

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    That is only true when teams do not have room under the cap to even it out in the first year as well. It is actually much better to take a big hit the first year if they have the cap room which the Browns had. They intentionally did this to cover him and get him to agree to be traded to them, so lets not be blind and make excuses as if they did not do it for that very reason. You are just repeating the BS the Browns FO is spouting.

  10. marketgarden says:

    August 8, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    He’s letting a few days go by before exposing the NFL as doing whatever it wants regardless of what an experienced female federal judge with decades of experience ruled
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    Do you not realize judges decisions are appealed all the time to someone with higher power/authority

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