20 May, 2024
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Ex-New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey to hear NFL appeal in Deshaun Watson case

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has named former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey as his designee to hear the league’s appeal of the six-game suspension in Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s personal conduct policy case.

The NFL office informed all 32 teams in the league of the decision to have Harvey hear the appeal around 4 pm Thursday. It was almost exactly 24 hours after the league submitted its written appeal to the NFL Players Association that it would be appealing the decision released Monday by the jointly appointed disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson.

“The NFL’s appeal addresses whether, based on the findings made by Judge Robinson, the discipline should be modified to include a professional evaluation and treatment as determined by medical experts, an appropriate fine, and a longer suspension,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in the emailed announcement to the Beacon Journal. “Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Mr. Harvey’s written decision ‘will constitute the full, final and complete disposition of the dispute and will be binding upon the player(s), Club(s), and parties’ to the CBA.”

The personal conduct policy states that the appeal will be processed on an expedited basis, but there’s no exact timetable for when a final decision will be rendered. It also must be limited to consideration of the terms of discipline imposed by Robinson and based upon a review of the existing record without reference to evidence or testimony not previously considered.

According to the personal conduct policy, Harvey may overturn, reduce, modify or increase the discipline, and the decision will be final. There have been reports that Watson’s camp has been threatened to file a legal challenge to any suspension, but a source close to the situation denied that was currently the case.

Peter C. Harvey, who was chosen by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the league's appeal in the Deshaun Watson case.

Peter C. Harvey, who was chosen by NFL commissioner Roger

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