Hollywood couldn’t even think of this.
It was reported earlier this week that the NFL will appeal the ruling from league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson that Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Deshaun Watson should be suspended for six games.
Roger Goodell is not expected to personally handle the appeal as is his right per the collective bargaining agreement.
The biggest twist to this entire story is the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) based out of Illinois will hold its annual conference at the Huntington Convention Center in downtown Cleveland and within sight of the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium.
It will be held from Aug. 25-27.
“AMTA strongly believes that any client who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face the legal consequences,” it said in part of its statement. “And it’s disappointing to see such a relatively light punishment from the NFL levied toward Deshaun Watson in their findings of his violation of the league’s personal-conduct policy.
“If the NFL is concerned about professionalism and upholding high standards in the league, creating a safe workplace for all members of athletes’ care teams should be a priority. We hope the league is taking measures to ensure that the massage therapists on the Browns’ personnel and throughout the NFL, as well as those supporting individual athletes, are able to work in a safe and professional environment.”