The Rush: NFL appeals Watson suspension, Goodell likely to have final say

The NFL is appealing the six-game suspension levied against Deshaun Watson by an independent arbiter. As outlined in the CBA agreed upon in 2020, Roger Goodell and the league will have the ultimate say in disciplinary action, raising a host of questions. Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and several other golfers who joined the LIV Tour are waging an antitrust case against the PGA Tour. Plus, Jared has thoughts about the chaos in the golf world… and there’s a Quayspiracy brewing!

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JARED QUAY: The NFL is appealing a six-game suspension levied on Deshaun Watson by an independent arbiter.

- Oh, big surprise.

JARED QUAY: Yeah. Just as surprising as a team trading for a guy under investigation for sexual assault, and giving him an unprecedented amount of guaranteed money. Here's what's interesting about this situation from a football perspective. The NFL cares about public opinion. And after years of being criticized for improperly disciplining players accused of domestic violence, the league decided to outsource its judicial arm through an independent third party.

In this case, that third party wrote that because the NFL has such a paltry record on discipline when it comes to crimes against women, it wouldn't be fair to properly discipline players out of the blue.

- What the actual [BLEEP]?

JARED QUAY: Don't worry, though. When the NFL changes disciplinary policy, it builds in a little fail-safe, which the players' union agreed to in the 2020 CBA.

- What's that?

JARED QUAY: The NFL can appeal to third party disciplinary ruling. And guess who makes the final decision upon hearing the appeal?

- I know what you're going to say.

JARED QUAY: Roger Goodell. Or one of his NFL homies. The league was pushing for a one year suspension and recently proposed a 12-game suspension and a settlement offer that was declined by Watson in July.

- Yeah, I'm going to pass.

JARED QUAY: If I were a betting man, and I am a betting man, I bet Watson would be suspended for eight games when it's all said and done.

- Why is that?

JARED QUAY: There's money on the line. Lots and lots of money. Man, money makes people do crazy things. Just ask Phil Mickelson.


Phil, Bryson DeChambeau, and nine other LIV golfers are filing an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, according to the Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit includes players challenging their suspension from the PGA Tour, and even a restraining order to allow the golfers to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Here's what I don't get, though-- what's the point of burning money on attorney fees and everything else that comes with a lawsuit when the entire point of joining the LIV Tour in the first place was to--

- Make a bunch of rich people even more disgustingly rich.

JARED QUAY: You and me, we don't have crazy rich people mentality, because we ain't rich. But I definitely have become a rich [BLEEP] who only cares about money on my bucket list. Lots of rich people are behaving badly these days, including my guy, Elon Musk. Don't get me wrong, the only thing I love more than my Tesla is my daughter. But I'm smelling a Quayspiracy.


People are blaming Tesla's tanking stock on Elon's Twitter fiasco, but I think it has something to do with the LIV Tour. Why, you ask? Look at this. You're trying to tell me that this is Phil Mickelson? No, that looks like Elon Musk to me.

Are Phil and Elon Musk the same person? It makes sense. You think about it. They both are really, really rich. They both would do anything for money.

And don't they look kind of like aliens? I mean, I don't think aliens exist. But if they did exist, I think they would look just like them.