NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Appoints Former NJ Attorney General to Hear Deshaun Watson’s Suspension Appeal

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The NFL said they intend to appeal the suspension of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The league hopes for an indefinite suspension (for a minimum of one season) along with a monetary fine. The National Football League announced on Wednesday that it would appeal the decision of Judge Sue L. Robinson regarding the suggested six-game suspension for Watson. On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the appeal. As BLACK ENTERPRISE reported, Watson was suspended for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. “Mr. Harvey served as the Attorney General of New Jersey and is now a partner at the Paterson Belknap firm in New York,” the league said Thursday in a written statement. “He has also served as a federal prosecutor. He has deep expertise in criminal law, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and has advised the NFL and other professional leagues on the development and implementation of workplace policies, including the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. Mr. Harvey has also served as the Commissioner’s designee in other arbitrations.” In Robinson’s ruling on Monday, the former federal judge cited that the NFL successfully “carried its burden to prove, by...

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