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NFL Makes Official Decision On Deshaun Watson Suspension Appeal

Deshaun Watson, Kevin Stefanski.

Deshaun Watson and Kevin Stefanski.

It's been a busy week in the National Football League. Training camps have begun, Deshaun Watson's been suspended and Roger Goodell and League officials have had to sort through it all. 

Watson was hit with a six-game suspension by Judge Sue L. Robinson. The NFL, meanwhile, had three days to decide whether or not it would appeal. A decision has been made. 

The NFL will appeal Watson's six-game suspension as it seeks to lengthen his suspension. 

"On Monday, Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent Disciplinary Officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, issued her ruling in the Personal Conduct Policy matter regarding Deshaun Watson," the league said in a statement on Wednesday. "Under the 2020 NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining agreement ('CBA'), the factual findings of the Disciplinary Officer are binding and may not be appealed. Judge Robinson found that Mr. Watson violated the NFL's personal-conduct policy on multiple occasions and suspended him for six games. The CBA affords the NFL or NFLPA the right to appeal the discipline imposed by the Disciplinary Officer. Such an appeal must be filed within three days and would be heard by the Commissioner or his designee.

"The NFL notified the NFLPA that it will appeal Judge Robinson's disciplinary decision and filed its brief this afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell will determine who will hear the appeal."

A significant decision for both the NFL and Deshaun Watson. His six-game suspension could soon increase.