Quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended Monday for six games for violating the N.F.L.’s personal conduct policy and was not fined, concluding the league’s 15-month investigation into sexual misconduct claims made against him by greater than two dozen women.
It was the primary N.F.L. player disciplinary decision to be handled by an arbitration process established within the 2020 collective bargaining agreement, which sought to bolster a system that had been criticized for inconsistencies and potential conflicts of interest.
Since Roger Goodell became N.F.L. commissioner in 2006, he has taken a stricter stance on player punishment than his predecessors, levying among the lengthiest player suspensions within the league’s history. The private conduct policy includes provisions for penalizing players even when their transgressions didn’t end in criminal convictions.
But while Goodell once wielded unilateral power in disciplinary motion, revisions to the policy within the last decade have shifted among the process to 3rd parties. Watson’s penalty was imposed by a retired federal judge who was jointly approved by the league and the players’ union. But Goodell, or someone he appoints, would still have the last word if the league appeals the choice.
Listed here are among the most notable suspensions of N.F.L. players during Goodell’s tenure as commissioner: