NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Tuesday the league is seeking a harsher penalty for Deshaun Watson because the Cleveland Browns quarterback’s actions were « flagrant » and he engaged in « predatory behavior. » .
Last week, the NFL formally appealed Watson’s six-game suspension, which was handed down by retired federal judge Sue. L Robinson earlier this month. At a league meeting called to formally approve the Denver Broncos’ new ownership group on Tuesday, Goodell was asked why the NFL appealed Robinson’s decision and is seeking a suspension of at least a year for Browns quarterback.
« We saw the evidence, she was very clear about the evidence, she reinforced the evidence, » Goodell said. There were multiple flagrant violations and it was predatory behavior. »
Last week, the NFL appointed Peter C. Harvey, a former New Jersey attorney general, to hear Watson’s suspension appeal for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Goodell said Tuesday he didn’t know when Harvey would make a decision.