Roger Goodell’s comments bode badly for Brown’s QB
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for six games in 2022, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is clearly wanting more time.
After a month-long investigation by the NFL, the verdict on Deshaun Watson became clear — at least according to NFL Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson.
For the sake of objectivity, the NFL relied on Robinson to make a decision in the Watson case by reviewing the evidence and making a decision based on precedent.
Robinson did so and surrendered a six-game suspension. The league immediately made it clear that this was not enough and they would appeal this decision. On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doubled down on calls for Watson’s extended suspension, describing his behavior as “outrageous” and “predatory.”
“We saw the evidence, she made the evidence very clear, she reinforced the evidence,” Goodell said. “There were several violations that were egregious and it was predatory behavior.”
Roger Goodell condemns Deshaun Watson for “predatory conduct” and calls for a one-year suspension
Although Robinson suspended Watson for six games, the former federal judge acknowledged that “the NFL bore its burden of proving, by preponderance of evidence, that Mr. Watson engaged in sexual assault (as defined by the NFL) against the four therapists identified in the report.”
Robinson also wrote that Watson acted in a manner that “creates a real threat to the safety and well-being of any other person and conduct that undermines or threatens the integrity of the NFL.”
Although Robinson acknowledged the evidence that Watson sexually assaulted the four therapists in the NFL report, she distinguished between violent and nonviolent sexual assault, according to ESPN Jeff Legwold.
“Robinson concluded that Watson’s behavior ‘does not fall into the category of violent behavior that would require a minimum six-game suspension’, which the league has identified as ‘by far the most commonly inflicted discipline for domestic or gender-based violence and sexual actions’,” Legwold wrote.
Although NFL analysts like Mina Kimes are confused by Robinson’s decision – she acknowledges that Watson committed sexual assault but because she determined it was not violent she imposed a minimum suspension – Robinson stated that Watson’s “predatory behavior” reflects negatively on the league and its player throw.
Robinson, along with the NFL and its fans, recognizes that Watson’s behavior was outrageous and predatory
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