The NFL’s Most Notable Suspensions

Strategist Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games on Monday for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy and was not fined, concluding the league’s 15-month investigation into sexual misconduct allegations made against him by more than two dozen women.

It was the first disciplinary decision by an NFL player to be dealt with through an arbitration process established in the 2020 collective bargaining agreement, which sought to strengthen a system that had been criticized for its inconsistencies and disputes. potential interests.

Since Roger Goodell became NFL commissioner in 2006, he has taken a tougher stance on player punishment than his predecessors, imposing some of the longest player suspensions in league history. The Personal Conduct Policy includes provisions for sanctioning players even if their transgressions have not resulted in criminal convictions.

But while Goodell once wielded unilateral power over disciplinary action, revisions to the policy of the charge decade have transferred part of the process to third parties. Watson’s sanction 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 final say if the league appeals the decision.

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