The National Football League suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for his 11 games and fined him $5 million as part of the settlement.

Disciplinary officials initially decided to suspend Watson for six games,

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But the NFL later appealed and league commissioner Roger Goodell said Watson suspended Watson for at least a year. says he's trying.

The updated ruling came Thursday after the NFL and the NFL Players Association (the association that represents players) jointly agreed to Watson's punishment. 

So what is the NFL's policy on suspensions and how did you come to this decision?

What the personal code of conduct say? 

The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy states that under the 2018 version of the policy, employees may not engage in conduct that -->

--> "discredits and discredits the public trust of the NFL" or "illegal", violent, dangerous or irresponsible behavior 'talk'. 

This applies to team owners, coaches, players, other employees of the team, its NFL game and movie officials, the NFL Network, or other employees of its NFL companies.

Employees do not have to be charged with a crime or be questioned by law enforcement to be punished by the union.

* Actual or threatening physical violence against others * Assault or assault, including sexual assault

Some of the prohibited acts include:

* Tracking, harassment or other forms of intimidation * Possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol

Some of the prohibited acts include:

* cruelty of animals * Disorganized behavior * Using, possessing, or distributing steroids

Some of the prohibited acts include:

A Disciplinary Officer appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. A hearing follows, during which the officer gathers evidence and determines what action to take, if any

The NFL has 10 days before the hearing to notify officials, players, and players' associations of any proposed sanction,

consistent with the 2020 collective agreement between the NFL and the players' unions. . It is the responsibility of the federation to establish an obligation to prove -->

that a player has violated conduct policy, as well as to disclose any mitigating factors, such as player taking responsibility, receiving clinical assistance & pay fines

While the investigation is ongoing, players accused of violations may continue to play or be placed on the commissioner's exemption list, 

Once officials make a decision, it is final unless the union or union decides to appeal. Goodell then has the final say or can have a third party make the final decision.