Is today the day Peter Harvey rules on the Deshaun Watson appeal?

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Today could be the day that the NFL issues its final ruling in the Deshaun Watson case.

Today probably will be the day, especially if hand-picked Roger Goodell surrogate Peter Harvey will be suspending Watson for a full year, effective immediately.

The Browns play a preseason game tonight in Jacksonville. The Browns already have announced that Watson will start the game. The Commissioner’s strong comments about Watson from earlier in the week can easily be interpreted as reflecting a belief that Watson will not play in any NFL game this season.

Harvey doesn’t have a deadline for issuing a decision on the Watson appeal. However, the process must be “expedited,” by rule. It makes plenty of sense for a decision to come today.

It makes even more sense for it to come today, if the NFL hopes to keep Watson from donning a uniform and taking the field in the preseason. That happens if Harvey gives the league what it wants — a one-year suspension, minimum.

My own semi-educated guess is that Harvey’s decision (if it’s one full year) will come between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET. The longer Harvey waits, the less time the NFL Players Association will have to get a temporary restraining order that would allow Watson to play in Jacksonville, in a game that begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Also, to the extent that the NFLPA has a civil complaint ready to file in Ohio or wherever, there’s a very good chance (if not a strong probability) that the NFL will file its own lawsuit in federal court in New York City, seeking a declaration that the league properly exercised its rights under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Then, the union would have to hustle to file a counterclaim and an emergency motion for a TRO — all within the time that passes between Harvey issuing a ruling and the Browns-Jaguars game kicks off.

Bottom line? The league holds the cards. If there’s a race to the courthouse, the NFL has its finger on the starter’s pistol. And Harvey will fire it at the perfect time to keep the NFLPA from getting a piece of paper that would let Watson play in tonight’s game.

Again, all of this is based on Harvey issuing a one-year suspension. Goodell’s comments from Tuesday are the clearest indication yet that this is what he wants. If Harvey doesn’t give it to him, Goodell will find someone else in the future who will.

42 responses to “Is today the day Peter Harvey rules on the Deshaun Watson appeal?

  1. announce it now. let them file the complaint in court, and then toss him on the commissioners exempt list until it all plays out. The NFL does not need to be scared of Watson or his legal team from Ringling Bros…

  2. The Browns and NFLPA have to realize the optics of him playing tonight, even at 6 game suspension. They continue to look less remorseful everyday.

  3. Just issue the decision already, for the love of God. It’s almost like the league wants this to drag into the season.

  4. A year minimum. He is a serial predator and a message has to be sent. A fine equal to one season’s worth of his contract is also in order.

  5. There are SO MANY feel good stories about NFL players overcoming huge adversities. I wish the media would focus on THOSE players. There are probably a hundred stories not being reported right now that would so benefit and inspire us fans. Instead, we get wall to wall coverage of the worst 2 or 3 offenders who ruin it for the rest of us.

  6. All that supposed evidence and the female Harris County DA (D) still felt there wasn’t a crime committed, at least not one worth charging Watson for.

  7. Personally I hope the ruling doesnt come until after all preseason games and then hes suspended for a yr. Everyone seems to be missing how great it would be to delay it and them suspend him for a yr. He would miss all team activities next year which meaning he’d have no warmup to when he actually will play

  8. What harm is in playing him in a meaningless exhibition game?
    Does anyone go to those games?

  9. The Watson transgression is giving the NFLPA a PR nightmare. The NFLPA needs to acknowledge that an indefinite suspension and application for reinstatement to the league by Watson is the proper course of action. When the current agreement with the NFL expires that’s the time to challenge the agreement.

  10. MNGoon says:
    August 12, 2022 at 10:57 am
    All that supposed evidence and the female Harris County DA (D) still felt there wasn’t a crime committed, at least not one worth charging Watson for.

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    Look into how corrupt the entire system is specifically in Harris County. Their decisions are not motivated by truth or justice. They are motivated by power + greed. There’s a long history of corruption in Harris County.

  11. Yeah this delay is just annoying. We all know that the decision was made, and written, last week 5 minutes after the NFLPA submitted their response.

  12. gjv001 says:
    August 12, 2022 at 10:59 am
    The Watson transgression is giving the NFLPA a PR nightmare. The NFLPA needs to acknowledge that an indefinite suspension and application for reinstatement to the league by Watson is the proper course of action.

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    I agree with the sentiment but it’s literally the Job of The NFLPA to Defend Watson as unpleasant as it might be

  13. The NFL and Roger Goodell look like fools. They set up this unbiased hearing with a A judge and then because she makes an unbiased ruling they immediately appeal it to themselves and get what they want saying theirs is a binding decision. What truly would have been an unbiased decision by the judge should have been accepted by both sides like it or not,especially since the league violated their own policy by not holding the owners to the higher standard the stated in their policy.

    I’m not saying Watson is innocent just saying the decision making should be as unbiased as possible and all who come under the conduct policy should be held equally accountable in some form.

  14. What is the point of playing him when they know the suspension is coming? The Browns should give that time on the field to guys who need real game experience. It won’t be a good look for the league,either.

  15. Scott Terner says:
    August 12, 2022 at 10:44 am
    There are SO MANY feel good stories about NFL players overcoming huge adversities. I wish the media would focus on THOSE players. There are probably a hundred stories not being reported right now that would so benefit and inspire us fans. Instead, we get wall to wall coverage of the worst 2 or 3 offenders who ruin it for the rest of us.

    That is the sad and ironic part of this story. Watson was one of those guys who overcame adversity and did well. His mother had a full-time job, did a lot of volunteer service, donated at shelters and put in work building homes. Their family applied and received a home from Habitat for Humanity back in 2011. The keys to the home were presented by Warrick Dunn. Watson was an easy guy to cheer for early on but his recent behavior, especially the lack of remorse, is tough to take.

  16. I wish the NFL would outright ban him for life for these transgressions, but that isn’t realistic. So, short of that, I wish they would get a little creative. Something like, since only 4 of the cases were considered by the judge, then he should be suspended for one year for each of those 4 cases. Then provide Watson the ability to buy back a portion of the suspension for: Year 4 – $2M/game = $32M; Year 3 – $1.5M/game = $24M; Year 2 – $1M/game = $16M; Year 1 – forced suspension no buy back. That’s $72M and a 1 year suspension, or $0 and a 4 year suspension – or something in between.

    They could also take a page from the NCAA playbook and make whatever team Watson is on ineligible for post-season play for 3 years – regardless of other suspension status.

    Something like that I think would send a very serious message to not only individual players, but also teams who think they can manipulate these types of situations.

  17. I’d do a double punishment. Browns should also be punished for the ridiculous contract they gave to a serial predator and the way they structured it so Watson gets a minimal financial hit. Suspend him for the LAST 2 games of this season plus playoffs (who cares about his million dollar salary) and for the first 15 games next season, so he loses a huge chunk of that 45 million.

  18. I still think Watson’s real crime is that he gave the Texans the finger. NFL owners don’t like players dictating terms. If the NFL really cared about women’s issues, they wouldn’t provide so much cover for their owners, some of which have done worse than Watson. Too bad Watson hasn’t gotten better legal and PR advice because he’s been smeared successfully by the NFL.

  19. What do the Browns gain antagonizing the league by playing Watson tonight?Pretty arrogant as well tone deaf on their part.

  20. The two things that are killing him more than anything else …refusal to accept responsibility and lack of remorse. That says it all about his character.

  21. I think it should be right before he takes his first snap in preseason game. He’s under center, whistle blows. Ref says we have an overturned call from New York and Mr Watson is lead off the field as crowd applauds.

  22. MNGoon says:
    August 12, 2022 at 10:57 am
    All that supposed evidence and the female Harris County DA (D) still felt there wasn’t a crime committed, at least not one worth charging Watson for.
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    There is a big difference between not charging someone because you feel he is innocent of the charges and not charging someone because the circumstances of the violation make it very difficult to prove if the incidents happened. IE no physical evidence or other witnesses other than the complainants. Complainants as in 26 at a minimum…

  23. The Browns are about as ignorant as it gets. Watson is not playing the first 6 games no matter what. So why is he getting the first team reps in practice? What do they have to gain by him playing in the preseason over whoever they will start in his place. The only logical reason is they are trying to poke the NFL in the eye with some kind of childish BS by playing Watson in a meaningless game that will help them very little but hurt the QB who will be playing the actual games the first part of the season at least.

  24. Never forget this is the same Goodell who REDUCED “Big Ben’s” suspension after he was accused of much worse.

  25. I ask all of you Anti-Watson people… what if YOU were Watson?
    Would you not feel if you did not play ALL OF LAST YEAR AND are now willing to accept 8 games this year and pay a hefty fine that THAT WOULD BE SUFFICIENT?

  26. I for one, do not think this will be over when the suspension is announced.

    One civil lawsuit has not been settled and the plaintiff has said she will not settle and wants her day in court. If this one civil lawsuit goes to trial, wait until this civil trial starts, it will be the NFL’s worst nightmare in the history of the NFL.

    Hundreds of reporters, coverage from radio, TV, internet, and print media, all reporting on the testimony of the witnesses.

    Testimony from Watson, he will have to testify because it is a civil lawsuit and can be called as a witness by the plaintiff.

    Testimony from the plaintiff, telling her side of the sorry, as she is crying, describing what Watson did to her, the non-violent sexual assault, weeping as she tells the egregious, gory details of the event, still weeping as she explains how her life has changed, weeping as she explains how it has affected her family and herself.

    Many, many Harris County juries have given out huge punitive damages, well into the hundreds of millions, which could happen in this civil lawsuit, if it goes to trial and Watson is found guilty/responsible. And when this lone civil lawsuit has concluded, if Watson is found guilty/responsible, and having been judged by a group of his peers who were on the jury of this civil lawsuit, Watson may very well be suspended again and possibly for life this time. How could the NFL not suspend Watson again if this lone civil lawsuit goes to trial and Watson is found guilty/responsible?

    It ain’t over until the fat lady sings! And the fat lady is far from singing, IMHO!

  27. Unfortunately for Watson today is the day the league will try and make amends for their past mistakes, and he can file as many lawsuits as he wants, but the CBA is a binding legal agreement. The league has followed the rules set forth in that agreement to a T. He’s all done

  28. Skip the one year suspension and issue a lifetime ban, along with a statement that the NFL will not tolerate serial sexual predators among its ranks.

  29. As long as the NFL followed its very biased processes that every player agreed to when the CBA was ratified, as Tommy found out, no matter how blatantly inept the NFL is in their decision there is very little the courts will do to over turn whatever the NFL (Roger) decide to do. And, since Roger considered this 4 separate incidents, look for the ruling to say indefinite suspension for at least one year, which will become a near life-time ban. Don’t forget the other 31 owners are pissed for what Haslam gave to Watson for a contract and want to do everything possible to get rid of it and punish Haslam.

  30. As Browns I would spread the news, that they will sign Colin Kaepernick if the NFL suspends Watson for a year or longer.
    The league would go crazy LOL.
    Just stick it to the NFL and their double standards and doing nothing until the lynch mob is roaring. Doesn’t mean that I’m on Watsons side. The NFL just managed the whole disaster like amateurs and are trying now to be good guys.

  31. Robert Kraft is a serial predator and disgrace to the league. His sex crimes against human trafficking victims must be punished.

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