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An Arbitrator Left Deshaun Watson’s Fate to the N.F.L. Commissioner

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.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson signed autographs on Monday at the team's training camp in Berea, Ohio. Earlier that day, an arbitrator had suspended him for six regular season games.Credit...Nick Cammett/FRE171871, via Associated Press

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.