NFL Press to Suspend Deshaun Watson Indefinitely – New York Post

The NFL insisted it be suspended indefinitely while Deshaun Watson The legal team argued that there was no basis for this punishment as both sides presented their cases before a retired Delaware judge on Tuesday, two attendees told the Associated Press.

The hearing will continue on Wednesday and Watson is scheduled to be there for the duration, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who is appointed jointly by the league and the NFL Players Association, will determine whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to enforce discipline.

Watson has agreed to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits filed by massage therapists for sexual misconduct, but the association is seeking at least a one-year suspension, one of the people told The Associated Press. Watson’s side, led by celebrity lawyers Jeffrey Kesler and Rusty Harden, wants the quarterback to play in the Pro Bowl three times this season for Cleveland.

Two separate Texas juries refused to indict Watson over criminal complaints arising from the allegations. Watson has denied wrongdoing and has vowed to clear his name.

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This is the first hearing for Robinson, who was the first woman to serve as a judge in Delaware County. Previously, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had the power to enforce discipline for violations of the personal conduct policy.

If the league or league appeals Robinson’s decision, Goodell or his designee will “make a written decision constituting a complete, final and complete resolution of the dispute,” subject to the terms of Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

This means that Goodell may eventually overturn Robinson’s decision and give Watson one year or even an indefinite suspension due to the possibility of more cases.

The NFL has sanctioned several players for violating the league’s personal conduct policy without filing criminal charges. In 2010, Ben Roethlisberger received a six-match suspension after being accused of sexual assault by two women. Goodell later reduced the suspension to four matches. Cowboys Running Back Ezekiel Elliott was banned six games in 2017 due to incidents of domestic violence.

On Monday, a woman who sued Watson sued Texas, claiming that his former team provided him with the resources to enable his actions and “turn a blind eye” to his behavior.

It’s unknown how long it will take Robinson to make a decision, but Brown should know Watson’s availability before training camp. NFL discipline typically begins the week before the first game of the regular season, so Watson will be eligible to camp unless the potential penalty states otherwise. The Browns traded a slew of draft picks to acquire Watson and award him a guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract in March.

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