NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Calls Deshaun Watson‘s Behavior “Egregious” and “Predatory”
On Tuesday, 9th August, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained the league’s decision to pursue a one-year suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. According to Roger Goodell, the league feels the American football quarterback should face harsher punishment for what he described as “egregious” and “predatory” behavior.
The Cleveland quarterback was issued a six-game suspension on Aug. 1. As regards the suspension, the Disciplinary officer who is a former judge (Sue L. Robinson) wrote that Watson engaged in “sexual assault; conduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person; and conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL.” Robinson also noted that she was limited by the “standards of fairness and consistency of treatment among players similarly situated” in her decision for a six-game suspension despite the yearlong ban being sought by the NFL.
The NFL Commissioner also gave his remarks about the findings of the investigation into the integrity of the game violations committed by the Dolphins organization after being asked. The NFL had announced on Aug. 2 that the team will forfeit its 2023 first-round draft pick and 2024 third-round pick. The team owner Stephen Ross was also suspended.
“I think the finding was very clear on the tampering charges. While tanking clearly did not happen here, I think we all have to understand that our words and our actions have implications, can be interpreted and we have to be careful,” Goodwill said.
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