Report: NFL pushes Watson for year-long suspension ended settlement talks
Disciplinary Officer Sue Robinson will hear arguments from the NFL, NFLPA and Deshaun Watson‘S third camp. That will make an initial decision on what penalty, if any, the veteran midfielder will receive before his first Browns season.
But the NFL or NFLPA can appeal Robinson’s ruling. That appeal will be decided by the federation, which is said to be pushing substantial suspension. Unions and trade unions entered negotiations on a Watson penalty earlier this month, but those talks broke down. The NFL’s push for a year-long ban on Watson is said to have resulted in the parties shutting down settlement negotiations, SI.com’s Albert Breer reports.
NFL has met a number of women who have accused Watson of sexual misconduct and/or sexual assault, and the league will focus on five of those cases when it brings the case to Robinson, Breer testifies. . The five accusers with the most evidence to include in the presentation – from text messages to social media messages to payment records etc – will be given priority, Yahoo.com’s Charles Robinson notes.
The federation has been connected with pushing for the indefinite suspension of Watson – one of the Notes by Andrew Beaton on the Wall Street Journal will last at least a year. This would give the NFL a path to keeping Watson suspended in 2023 based on new civil lawsuits. This would prevent the league from having to suspend Watson twice, a prospect that was offered before this season. The league has also spoken to women who are not suing the defender, Breer added.
A civilian lawsuit against the Texans emerged on Monday. It comes from one of four women who have yet to settle their own lawsuit against the former Houston defender. The lawsuit against Watson’s former team opens the door to additional lawsuits against him.
“It is well known that in many of Watson’s massage interactions, more than massage therapy occurs – indeed, with at least thirty different women, ‘much more’ happens including sexual advancement. unwanted and outright sexual assault by Watson,” the lawsuit states, Mike Florio of per Pro Football Talk. “Each of those more than thirty women, most of whom were complete strangers to each other, experienced identical behaviors from Watson.”
20 out of 24 QB whistleblowers have been resolved. An increasing number of women are making allegations that would put the proceedings in jeopardy, should Robinson’s decision and/or appeal result in Watson not being suspended indefinitely.