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Deshaun Watson appeal will proceed on paper only, with no hearing

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Now that the NFL has filed an appeal Deshawn Watson decision in the NFL, what’s next?

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Further actions are set out in the Personal Conduct Policy and the relevant provision of the Collective Agreement.

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Here is the relevant wording of the Persons Conduct Policy: “Such appeals will: (i) be processed on an expedited basis; (ii) is limited to consideration of the terms of the imposed disciplinary sanction; and (iii) based on a review of existing records without reference to evidence or testimony not previously considered. No additional evidence or testimony shall be presented or accepted by the Commissioner or his representative. Any factual findings and evidentiary determinations by the Disciplinary Inspector will be binding on the parties on appeal, and the decision of the Commissioner or his representative, which may set aside, reduce, modify or increase an earlier disciplinary sanction, will be final and binding on all. side.”

Since there is no new evidence, there is no reason for a new hearing. Neither the Personal Conduct Policy nor the CBA requires an appeal hearing. Instead, both sides simply submit their paperwork to Commissioner Roger Goodell, or whoever he appoints, to make the same decision as him.

In this particular case, the factual findings and evidentiary determinations made by Judge Sue L. Robinson give the commissioner or his designee all the ammunition they need to replace her six-game suspension with something more. She found that Watson violated three different policy provisions against four different people. Nothing in her decision to suspend Watson for six games limits the ability of Goodell or his representative to implement a much longer suspension.

This is the most important thing to remember. Judge Robinson established the facts. And the facts she established are exactly what the NFL wanted them to be. Although the NFL did not like her decision regarding the length of the suspension, under NFL policy it has the option to appeal the decision to the NFL and have her six-game suspension replaced with whatever the NFL would have otherwise preferred. .



Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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