Roger Goodell May Take Deshaun Watson’s Punishment Into His Own Hands

The league has until Thursday to appeal the six-game suspension of Watson recommended by hearing officer Sue L. Robinson. Legal experts said she gave Roger Goodell plenty of incentive to do so.

She called his conduct predatory and egregious, and said he expressed no remorse. Yet when it came to penalizing Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns quarterback accused in lawsuits of sexual misconduct and harassment by two dozen women, Sue L. Robinson, the disciplinary officer hired by the N.F.L. and the players union, suspended him for just six games.

The mismatch between the established facts of the case and a penalty that many perceived as too light has football fans and

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