(KYMA, KECY/ NBC News) - The NFL has announced that it will appeal the six-game suspension ruling in the case of quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The former Houston Texan has been sued by 25 women alleging sexual misconduct during his time in the league.
Judge Sue Robinson - the independent disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association - issued a six-game suspension as a result of findings from the disciplinary hearing.
In her 16-page report, Robinson described Watson's behavior as "more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL."
Both parties have the ability to make an appeal, which is then heard by either NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or a designee.
Once the ruling on the appeal is made by Goodell or his designee, the decision is considered binding with no further appeals process.
The league's move to appeal could result in a lengthening of Watson's suspension.
Meanwhile, two Texas grand juries have declined to indict Watson on criminal charges as a result of the accusations.
Watson has publicly maintained his innocence throughout the process.