La NFL announced in a press release that will appeal the six-game suspension imposed on Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, for violating the league’s behavior policies. Commissioner Roger Goodell, or someone designated by him, will be the person who modifies the sanction, regardless of whether it is more lax or more severe.
The league had until the morning of Thursday, August 4, to appeal the suspension. dictated by Sue L. Robinson, former Federal Judge of the United States. The NFL Players Association, (NFLPA, for its acronym in English), previously stated that it would not appeal the sanction, but according to the report by Jeff Darlington of ESPN prepares to sue the league.
Robinson stated that he issued the suspension according to “the standards of equality and consistency in the treatment of players who have been in similar situations” to Deshaun Watson. The quarterback received the sanction a month after a three-day hearing in Delaware..
According to multiple reports, the NFL expected an indefinite sanction of at least one year and eight million dollars for the quarterback of the Browns.
This was the first time the NFLPA and the NFL had agreed that an outside official would serve as a disciplinary party under the new collective bargaining agreement. Prior to 2020, the commissioner was in charge of establishing the sanctions.
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Brissett is ready to start
Jacoby Brissett will be the Browns’ starting quarterback while Deshaun Watson serves suspension six games and declared that he is ready to be the team’s starter during that span.
“Since I came to the league it has been taking a step forward. That was the case my rookie year, so experience helps, not just with playing, but with understanding that you must be ready anytime you are called”, Brissett sentence.
The QB came to the league in 2016 and has been a starter during his stints with the Patriots, Colts and Dolphins. In New England he started two of the three games he played in his rookie year. Likewise, he was the QB1 in 30 of the 46 commitments that he played in Indianapolis. Last season he substituted for Tua Tagovailoa in five games.