Sports · August 2, 2022

The most important suspensions of the NFL

Quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended on Monday for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and was not fined, concluding the league’s 15-month investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against him for more than two. dozens of women.

It was the first disciplinary decision by an NFL player to be handled by an arbitration process set forth in the 2020 collective agreement, which sought to strengthen a system that had been criticized for inconsistencies and potential conflicts of interest.

Since Roger Goodell became NFL commissioner in 2006, he has taken a tougher stance on player freezes than his predecessors, imposing some of the longest bans in league history. The personal conduct policy includes provisions to penalize players even if their transgressions did not lead to criminal convictions.

But while Goodell once wielded unilateral power in disciplinary action, policy reviews over the past decade have shifted some of the process to third parties. Watson’s penalty was imposed by a retired federal judge who was jointly approved by the league and players union. But Goodell, or someone he appoints, would still have the last word if the league appeals the decision.

Here are some of the most important suspensions of NFL players during Goodell’s tenure as commissioner: