Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey will hear the NFL’s appeal against the Browns quarterback. Deshawn Watsonsuspended six games for violating the league’s personal conduct rules.
The PFT confirmed that the NFL informed teams that Commissioner Roger Goodell had selected Harvey to hear the appeal. Goodell could have heard the appeal himself, but as PFT reported earlier on Thursday, he decided not to go down that path.
However, Harvey is closely associated with the league. He serves on the NFL’s diversity advisory committee, and he was part of the advisory committee that worked with the league ahead of the running back Cowboys. Ezekiel Elliottsuspension for six games in 2017. Harvey also acted as an arbitrator in a complaint filed by former Washington general manager Scott McClagan against the team. Harvey ruled in favor of the team.
Harvey is currently a partner at Patterson Belknapp, and his biography on the firm’s website notes his work in heightening the response to sexual harassment in New Jersey during his time as state attorney general.
NFL ties and his previous work as a prosecutor could be signs that Harvey will go along with the league’s desire to suspend Watson for more than six games after he rules on the matter.