Quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended Monday for six video games for violating the N.F.L.’s private conduct coverage and was not fined, concluding the league’s 15-month investigation into sexual misconduct claims made in opposition to him by greater than two dozen girls.
It was the primary N.F.L. participant disciplinary determination to be dealt with by an arbitration course of established within the 2020 collective bargaining settlement, which sought to bolster a system that had been criticized for inconsistencies and potential conflicts of curiosity.
Since Roger Goodell turned N.F.L. commissioner in 2006, he has taken a stricter stance on participant punishment than his predecessors, levying a number of the lengthiest participant suspensions within the league’s historical past. The private conduct coverage contains provisions for penalizing gamers even when their transgressions didn’t lead to felony convictions.
But whereas Goodell as soon as wielded unilateral energy in disciplinary motion, revisions to the coverage within the final decade have shifted a number of the course of to 3rd events. Watson’s penalty was imposed by a retired federal decide who was collectively accredited by the league and the gamers’ union. But Goodell, or somebody he appoints, would nonetheless have the final phrase if the league appeals the choice.
Here are a number of the most notable suspensions of N.F.L. gamers throughout Goodell’s tenure as commissioner: