The disciplinary hearing for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has concluded, according to multiple media outlets including Pro Football Talk and ESPN.
The three-day ordeal before a retired federal judge in Delaware wrapped up Thursday, although a final decision from Judge Sue L. Robinson may not come for weeks. PFT’s Mike Florio reports the NFL is asking for an “unprecedented” indefinite suspension of Watson for at least one season, while the NFL Players Association will ask for no penalty, and it appears the latter contention could be related to the evidence (or lack thereof) the league allegedly presented.
Watson has faced as many as 24 civil lawsuits from women accusing him of various forms of sexual harassment or assault, with 20 of those recently being settled out of court and four still going through the legal system. Florio cites a source claiming NFL investigators interviewed 12 of those women (later zeroing in on five cases) and found “no evidence that Watson engaged in violence, made threats, applied coercion, or used force.”
Florio’s reporting would appear to be in line with Watson’s repeated assertions he “never forced anyone to do anything” during those sessions, with his legal team only admitting the 26-year-old had “consensual” sexual relations with three of his accusers.
The source tells Florio the NFLPA has raised the question of why Watson should be punished when team owners facing similar allegations have seemingly gotten off scot-free. The source specifically brought up Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was caught on tape soliciting prostitutes years ago but was not suspended and later had criminal charges against him thrown out. The league supposedly admitted during the Watson hearing that its director of security looked into the allegations against Kraft before ultimately recommending against discipline.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano says Robinson has requested both sides present her with post-hearing briefs by July 11, meaning her final decision likely won’t be handed down until after that time. Robinson was appointed by both the league and the union to arbitrate the case and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could technically overrule her decision on punishment, but only if she finds Watson did indeed violate the league’s personal conduct policy, in which case there would automatically be no suspension.
The end of Watson’s three-day hearing seemingly suggests the approach of a climax to a story that began in March of 2021, when attorney Tony Buzbee filed the first in a series of 24 civil lawsuits accusing the then-Texans quarterback of sexual misconduct. In March of this year, multiple grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, clearing the way for the Browns to acquire the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback from Houston in exchange for multiple top draft picks.
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Turn out he was just a player lol
Of course the NFL didnt find anything incriminating, thats why the grand jury refused to indict him on criminal charges in the first place. All those chicks wanted was to get paid. Now 20 of them got some money, the rest may as well settle now and just let the man play football
Suspend him already
OH HELL YEAH! HERE WE GO BROWNIES HERE WE GO!!
Wtf are these little tight shorts he’s always wearing? 😂😂 he loves everyone seeing his junk.. doesn’t he?
Bro the NFL are clearly 💀 covering for him. Just let the dude play or suspended him. Now they just prolonging this shit.
So they found nothing at all but still pushing for a indefinite suspension lmao 🤣. Let’s play ball y’all
Whoa whoa whoa, so you’re saying that no violence, threats, or Coercion happen. Yet all we heard about for the last few months from the media is how much of a predator DW is, and the NFL will seek an unprecedented punishment. Hmmmmm, this is what happens when you jump to conclusions. And you have the mindset of guilty until proven innocent. Was his behavior odd, yes it was. But was it illegal, well all the evidence coming out would say no. But let’s finish allowing this thing to wrap up fully before casting final judgment.
It's always dragged out when it comes it people like DW4 FACTS history can't talk so it don't lie Let Collin kapernick play you racists all he did was take a knee didnt kill nor rape anyone all he did was show his people who don't have a voice like me who was brutality attacked by cops which lead to a dick having to be removed $128,366.40 of damage can't work and won't give me disability and a u.s.vet