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Robert Griffin III tried to read between the lines when the NFL’s decision to appeal the suspension was made. Deshaun Watson of an independent disciplinary officer.
Griffin tweeted Wednesday that the league’s decision was “to protect the group.”
“When it comes to protecting women, the NFL has gotten it wrong time and time again. This move to extend the suspension is to protect the BRAND. The perception of protecting women is just a byproduct of the situation. No punches will be called.” NFL quarterback– wrote the ESPN analyst.
The decision comes two days after independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson recommended the punishment Cleveland Browns quarterback. Watson has been accused of sexual assault by 24 women in Texas. He settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits brought against him and avoided criminal charges with two grand juries.
But in Robinson’s 16-page report, she described Watson’s conduct as “bigger than any previously reviewed by the NFL.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released a statement regarding the league’s decision to appeal.
“On Monday, Judge Sue L. Robinson, an independent disciplinary official appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, issued her ruling in the personal conduct policy matter regarding Deshaun Watson,” the statement read.
“Pursuant to the 2020 NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the disciplinary officer’s findings of fact are binding and non-appealable. Judge Robinson found that Mr. Watson had committed multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy and suspended him. The CBA gives the NFL or the NFLPA’s right to appeal discipline imposed by the Disciplinary Officer.
“Such an appeal must be filed within three days and heard by the commissioner or his designee.
“The NFL has notified the NFLPA that it will appeal Judge Robinson’s disciplinary decision and filed its brief this afternoon. Commissioner Roger Goodell will decide who will hear the appeal.”
According to the NFL Network, the NFLPA has two days to respond to the appeal. The NFLPA said in advance on Sunday that it would not appeal Robinson’s decision.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.