Editor’s note: This story consists of information of supposed cases of domestic violence and sexual attack.
Retired judge Sue L. Robinson has actually ruled that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson breached the NFL’s individual conduct policy and suspended him 6 video games after after he was taken legal action against by 24 females who implicated him of sexual misbehavior in massage sessions.
The NFL now has 3 days to officially ask for an appeal and stated it “is reviewing Judge Robinson’s imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on next steps.”
This is far from the very first considerable disciplinary case to draw a multi-game suspension under the watch of Roger Goodell’s period as NFL commissioner.
Here’s a take a look at how Watson’s discipline compares to other noteworthy cases, in sequential order, throughout Goodell’s time in charge of the NFL.
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While betting the Washington Football Team in August 2020, Guice, a running back, surrendered himself to authorities after he dealt with 3 counts of attack and battery, one count of damage of residential or commercial property and one count of strangulation, which is a felony in Virginia. Washington acknowledged at the time that it knew “a potential domestic violence related incident” and after that launched Guice 2 hours after he turned himself in. Criminal problems declared that Guice assaulted his sweetheart on 3 different celebrations, consisting of one occurrence on March 13, 2020 in which Guice “strangled her until she was unconscious.”
A judge dismissed charges in June 2021 after a monetary settlement was reached in between the celebrations. In August 2021, the NFL revealed it was suspending Guice 6 video games for breaching the league’s individual conduct policy, associated to the occurrences from 2020. Guice stays anonymous.
Because of numerous offenses of the NFL’s individual conduct policy, the league suspended Brown, a receiver who was then a complimentary representative, 8 video games prior to the 2020 project started. Britney Taylor, among Brown’s previous fitness instructors, had actually submitted a civil suit in September 2019, declaring that he sexually attacked her on 3 different celebrations in 2017 and 2018. Sports Illustrated likewise reported in September 2019 that Brown sent out daunting text to a different lady who had actually likewise implicated him of sexual misbehavior.
The Buccaneers then signed Brown in October 2020 and he assisted lead them to a success in Super Bowl 55, capturing a goal pass in the video game. Brown was later on suspended 3 video games in December 2021 after the NFL discovered he “misrepresented” his COVID-19 vaccination status.
In November 2018, TMZ released video from an occurrence from February of that year in which then-Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was captured on security cam pushing and kicking a female in a Cleveland hotel. Hunt was not charged for the occurrence, however Kansas City launched him hours after the video was released, stating he “was not truthful” in conversations about the occurrence.
While the NFL’s examination was still continuous, the Browns revealed they had actually signed Hunt in February 2019. The next month, the NFL suspended Hunt 8 video games and Hunt stated in a 2nd apology that he would not appeal the judgment.
In March 2016, an Uber chauffeur submitted a problem with the business and stated that a person of her consumers, who ended up being then-Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, searched her. The declared victim didn’t go to authorities and Winston at first rejected the claims. The NFL then revealed it was suspending Winston 3 video games after an eight-month examination.
Winston then released a declaration and said sorry to the Uber chauffeur for “the position I put you in.” Winston accepted the suspension and did not appeal, with numerous reports showing that the three-game restriction was the outcome of a settlement in between the league, gamers’ union and his agents.
In April 2020, Winston signed a one-year handle the Saints and has actually extended his agreement two times more ever since.
The NFL suspended then-Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith 4 video games in August 2018 that was the outcome of a continuous custody dispute with his previous sweetheart. Baltimore stated in a declaration that the league “found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors.”
The group stated it sought advice from relationship and domestic violence specialists for their point of views and assembled a group of female and male executives within the company to evaluate the matter. Smith is presently a complimentary representative and has actually played each of his 11 seasons in Baltimore.
After a year-long examination, the NFL mentioned declarations from Elliott’s previous sweetheart and images that revealed injuries Elliott presumably caused on her in July 2016 as the basis for his six-game suspension imposed in August 2017.
The lady reported numerous domestic violence occurrences to authorities in 2016, consisting of one in Columbus, Ohio, in July 2016 that resulted in an authorities examination. The exact same lady reported an occurrence to authorities in Aventura, Florida, in February 2016, when Elliott presumably pressed her versus a wall.
Elliott later on objected to the suspension in court and his legal group won a handful of procedures prior to he was rejected an injunction and concurred in November 2017 to serve the entire restriction
Former Giants kicker Josh Brown had actually served a one-game suspension in 2016 after he was jailed in Woodinville, Washington, in May 2015 on suspicion of domestic attack. No charges were submitted. The NFL released a different examination, nevertheless, after individual files were launched in October 2016 which contained admissions by Brown that he had physically and mentally abused his now ex-wife.
The NFL then suspended Brown an extra 6 video games in September 2017, however Brown stayed anonymous following the 2016 season, when he last played in the NFL.
The NFL at first suspended then-Cowboys protective end Greg Hardy 10 video games for his function in a declared domestic violence case throughout May 2014. The NFL examination concluded Hardy utilized physical force versus his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder “in at least four instances” throughout an run-in, consisting of one “which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles.” Deadspin released 48 images of the swellings and injuries Hardy presumably triggered to Holder.
Hardy was founded guilty of the charges in a North Carolina bench trial however utilized his right in the state’s legislature to have actually the case heard prior to a jury. The charges were later on dropped when the victim in the event, Holder, stopped working to appear. Hardy rejected the charges however appealed the NFL’s judgment. Neutral arbitrator Harold Henderson supported Hardy’s suspension in July 2015, however lowered the charge to 4 video games.
In August 2014, the NFL at first suspended Ray Rice, then a Ravens running back, 2 video games for an occurrence at an Atlantic City hotel from February of that year in which he was charged with worsened attack versus his then-fiancée Janay Rice (nee Palmer). Security electronic cameras captured Rice pulling his obviously unconscious fiancée out of an elevator. A judge later on dismissed the charges in May 2015.
Then, hours after TMZ released video of Rice punching his fiancée, the Ravens launched him and the NFL revealed it was suspending him forever, based upon the extra video proof. Rice appealed the indefinite suspension and won on Nov. 28, 2014, indicating that he was qualified to play right away if a group would’ve signed him. That put his suspension at 11 video games.
Rice, nevertheless, stayed a complimentary representative and never ever played once again in the NFL.
After he was implicated of sexual attack two times in different occurrences, one in 2009 and another the list below year, the NFL suspended Roethlisberger 6 video games in April 2010. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell later on lowered the charge to 4 video games. He wasn’t charged for either occurrence.
In the very first, a hotel staff member sued him in July 2009 and declared Roethlisberger had actually raped her a year previously when he asked her to come to his space and repair his television. In the suit, she stated she established anxiety, stress and anxiety and PTSD as an outcome, and ultimately needed to be hospitalized. Roethlisberger was not criminally charged. In the 2nd, a then-20-year-old university student declared Roethlisberger exposed himself in the back space of a Milledgeville, Georgia, bar and after that followed her into a restroom and raped her.
Contributing: Tom Schad, Scott Gleeson; Tom Pelissero
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