NFLPA responds to NFL’s Deshaun Watson’s appeal

The NFLPA had two business days to file a brief in response to the NFL’s request. deshaun watson appeal. The union, as expected, complied with the presentation of a response brief (Twitter Link).

This matter now goes to the appellate appointee, Peter Harvey, whom roger goodell appointed to hear the appeal of the league. Harvey helped the NFL craft its personal conduct policy, and the fact that Goodell selected him to hear his appeal of Watson’s six-game suspension suggests the league is confident more games will be added to the quarterback’s suspension. Browns field.

What is happening puts the NFLPA in a place where a court battle seems likely. Since the union did not appeal Sue Robinson’s six-game suspension, Watson will miss the first six games of this season. However, a court fight could have him on the field immediately afterwards. A preliminary injunction, while the courts deal with this matter, would put Watson in position to play and, assuming the league’s CBA stays in court, would serve two separate suspensions. Or, the union’s legal effort fails before that Week 7 window and Watson serves a longer suspension that covers most or all of the 2022 season. Tom Brady Y Ezekiel Elliott played under injunctions, but each served suspensions determined by Goodell at later dates.

The NFL is again seeking a full-season suspension, its goal for the past several weeks. Robinson’s ruling that Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy by committing sexual assault during massage therapy sessions gives Harvey the power to increase his suspension. Absent a full-season suspension, the league wants to substantially increase Watson’s fine. The Browns’ structuring of Watson’s contract, giving the former Texans Pro Bowler a league minimum salary to minimize his financial penalty in the event of suspension, has not sat well with the NFL.

Settlement talks between the NFL and the NFLPA have been taking place periodically, and more clarity has emerged about what each side was willing to agree to. The NFLPA spent weeks arguing that Watson shouldn’t be suspended at all, but ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano reports that the union was willing to accept an eight-game suspension. The shortest absence the NFL was willing to allow was 12 games. If the 12-game suspension were to be implemented through a deal, Graziano adds that the NFL also wanted Watson fined in the $8MM range.

Watson’s camp was unwilling to accept the NFL’s push for an indefinite suspension, according to NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, who describes that component as a primary driver in the deal talks breaking down (video Link). As he stands now, Watson stands to lose less than $500K for his six-game ban. A full season absence would only cost him his base salary of $1 million.

This process, which involved 25 civil lawsuits filed against the recently traded quarterback, will be designed to be completed expeditiously, reports ESPN.com’s Jeff Darlington (in Twitter). No additional hearings are expected, only Harvey’s decision. After that, it could extend to the courts. The Browns are ready to give their starting job to Jacob Brissett during Watson’s absence, with joseph dobbs Y jose rosen serving as backup options.

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