然而, the six-game ban was well below the full-season suspension the NFL was seeking
, and as a result is being appealed by the league
Speaking on Tuesday at an owners meeting in Minneapolis
, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Watson’s behavior
“过分的” 和 “predatory.
When asked why the league continues to seek a harsher punishment for Watson, Goodell said: “Because we’ve seen the evidence. (罗宾逊) was very clear about the evidence, she reinforced the evidence that there was multiple violations here and they were egregious and it was predatory behavior.”
“Those are things that we always felt were really important for us to address in a way that’s responsible,” Goodell continued.
The league appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the NFL’s appeal.
According to the collective bargaining agreement signed in 2020, Harvey’s ruling “will be binding upon the player(s), Club(s), and parties’ to the CBA.”
Watson has repeatedly denied the accusations.
“I’ve never assaulted, I never disrespected, and I never harassed any woman in my life,” Watson has said. “I don’t have any regrets.”
Twenty-four civil lawsuits were filed against Watson; 23 have been settled confidentially. Two grand juries in Texas declined to charge Watson criminally.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Watson did not play last season with the Texans because of a trade demand as well as the investigations into these allegations.
今年早些时候, the Browns traded three first-round picks for Watson and then signed him to a five-year, fully guaranteed $ 230 拜登监督“主要阵营”的形成, the most guaranteed money in NFL history.