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Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey was appointed Thursday to oversee the NFL appeal for six-game suspension of Deshaun Watson Independent Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson issued her recommendation for the Cleveland Browns quarterback earlier this week.
The association issued a statement confirming that Harvey, who served as attorney general from 2003-2006 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Who represents the appeal process.
“Mr. Harvey has served as the Attorney General of New Jersey and is now a partner at Patterson Belknap Corporation of New York,” the statement read. “He has also served as a federal attorney general. He has deep experience in criminal law, including domestic violence and sexual assault, and has advised the NFL and other professional associations on the development and implementation of workplace policies, including the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. Mr. Harvey has also served as the appointed commissioner in other arbitration cases.”
Robinson, a former federal judge, released a 16-page report that concluded that Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy at three points after 24 women have filed accusations of sexual assaultBut it referred to the league’s previous rulings as part of the decision to suspend it with six matches.
Robinson explained that her decision was partly based on “current disciplinary criteria and past disciplinary findings.”
The NFL previously recommended an indefinite suspension, at least through the 2022 season, and announced on Wednesday that it would appeal Robinson’s decision.
“Under the 2020 NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (‘CBA’), factual results for a Disciplinary Officer are binding and may not be appealed. Judge Robinson found that Mr. Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy on multiple occasions and suspended him in six games. Grants The NFL or NFL reserves the right to appeal the discipline imposed by the discipline officer,” a spokesperson for the NFL said in a statement.
Tony Busby, the lawyer who represents women Filed a lawsuit against Watson over allegations of sexual assault, he called on the NFL to “do the right thing.”
“Every sexual assault victim is watching Roger Goodell and the NFL right now… Mr. Goodell, what are you going to do? It’s never too late to do the right thing,” he said during a press conference. “It’s what these women and those watching are expecting.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.