By Steve Kelly
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended six games by an independent disciplinary officer after he was sued by 24 women who accused him of sexual misconduct in massage sessions.
Retired judge Sue L. Robinson handed down her decision today, saying Watson’s “pattern of behavior was egregious,” but noting the sexual conduct was “nonviolent” as her reasoning for settling on six-game suspension.
The league’s collective bargaining agreement allows the NFL to appeal if it disagrees with Robinson’s decision.
NFL commissioner Goodell or an official of his choosing would handle that appeal decision.