NFLPA Won’t Appeal Deshaun Watson Ruling; Urges NFL To Follow Suit!
CelebnSports247.com has received word that the NFL Players Association issued a statement Sunday night stating that it won’t appeal NFL Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson’s ruling on Deshaun Watson’s case under the Personal Conduct Policy, and has urged the NFL to do likewise.
But the NFL has no plans to surrender its right to appeal, which both sides are afforded under the collectively bargained revisions to the policy in 2020 after the union fought for reform.
The NFL has argued vehemently for an indefinite suspension of at least the 2022 season, with a chance to apply for reinstatement afterward.
The NFLPA, led by attorney Jeffrey Kessler, has argued for a much shorter ban or none at all, largely on the grounds that NFL owners such as Dallas’ Jerry Jones, Washington’s Daniel Snyder and New England’s Robert Kraft weren’t punished for their direct or indirect involvement in sexual misconduct on the part of themselves or someone in their organizations.
Based on the NFLPA’s strongly worded statement, it’s clear the union wants Robinson’s ruling to stand, and to keep the matter away from Goodell, whose word would be final.
A source said the NFLPA issued the statement without inside knowledge of Robinson’s decision.
“In advance of Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this proceeding,’’ the NFLPA’s statement read. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL inquiry and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation. A former Federal Judge – appointed jointly by the NFLPA and NFL – held a full and fair hearing, has read thousands of pages of investigative documents and reviewed arguments from both sides impartially.
“Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be tarnished based on the whims of the League office. This is why, regardless of her decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by her ruling and we call on the NFL to do the same.’’
The new rules from 2020 take the initial discipline out of Goodell’s hands and put it in those of the independent officer, jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA.
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