Watson, in addition to many different of the workforce’s starters, will play towards the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Browns introduced on Wednesday.
The choice, handed down final week by former federal decide Sue. L Robinson, got here on account of Watson’s “predatory conduct.”
When requested why the league continues to hunt a harsher punishment for Watson, Goodell stated: “As a result of we have seen the proof. (Robinson) was very clear concerning the proof, she bolstered the proof that there was a number of violations right here they usually have been egregious and it was predatory conduct.”
“These are issues that we all the time felt have been actually necessary for us to handle in a approach that is accountable,” Goodell continued.
The league appointed former New Jersey Lawyer Basic Peter C. Harvey to listen to the NFL’s attraction.
In accordance with the collective bargaining settlement signed in 2020, Harvey’s ruling “can be binding upon the participant(s), Membership(s), and events’ to the CBA.”
Watson has repeatedly denied the accusations.
“I’ve by no means assaulted, I by no means disrespected, and I by no means harassed any lady in my life,” Watson has stated. “I haven’t got any regrets.”
Twenty-four civil lawsuits have been filed towards Watson; 23 have been settled confidentially. Two grand juries in Texas declined to cost Watson criminally.
A 3-time Professional Bowler, Watson didn’t play final season with the Texans due to a commerce demand in addition to the investigations into these allegations.
Earlier this yr, the Browns traded three first-round picks for Watson after which signed him to a five-year, absolutely assured $230 million contract, essentially the most assured cash in NFL historical past.