NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not holding back his thoughts on Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Goodell was speaking to reporters on Tuesday regarding the sale of the Denver Broncos when he was asked about the league’s decision to appeal Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension.
That’s when Goodell ripped into Watson for his “predatory” behavior.
The NFL is currently pursuing a season-long suspension.
“We’ve seen the evidence,” Goodell said. “[Judge Sue L. Robinson] was very clear about the evidence. There were multiple violations here, and they were egregious and it was predatory behavior.
“Those are things that we always felt were important for us to address in a way that’s responsible.”
Goodell has appointed New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the league’s appeal.
The NFL Players Association, meanwhile, believes the NFL should respect the initial ruling of a six-game suspension for the Browns’ signal-caller.
Watson, who hasn’t played since 2020, signed a five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract with the Browns amidst the allegations facing Watson. Watson continues to deny the allegations against him but has settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits he was facing.