Deshaun Watson suspended: NFL to appeal

The NFL has appealed the six-game suspension imposed on Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson on Wednesday.

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The ruling, issued Monday by Judge Sue L. Robinson following an investigation jointly commissioned by the NFL and the Tour’s Players’ Association, comes within the three-day deadline. The union, which had already indicated that it did not want to appeal, now has two days to react to this league decision.

It will now be up to commissioner Roger Goodell himself, or whoever he designates, to determine the length of the suspension. The findings of the investigation, for their part, cannot be disputed, so Watson will indeed have to be punished for violating the circuit’s conduct policy.

According to information from the ESPN network, the circuit would like to impose an indefinite suspension of at least a full year as well as a substantial fine.

Watson was accused by 24 women of committing acts of a sexual nature, ranging from harassment to assault, during massage sessions. However, he settled 23 of the 24 disputes out of court.

Recently acquired from the Houston Texans for five draft picks, including three first-rounders, Watson has since agreed to a five-year, $230 million contract extension.

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