Deshaun Watson’s NFL disciplinary hearing scheduled for Tuesday
Deshaun Watson’s fate amid the 24 sexual misconduct accusations is closer than ever, with the NFL disciplinary hearing scheduled on Tuesday.
Just 24 hours ago, murmurs across the NFL were buzzing about Deshaun Watson expecting a heavy suspension from the league in relation to the 24 sexual misconduct accusations.
Today, and only four days after the Browns quarterback settled 20 of the 24 cases, the NFL scheduled Watson’s disciplinary hearing for Tuesday, June 28.
Deshaun Watson set for NFL’s disciplinary hearing
Watson’s hearing appointed disciplinary officer, Sue L. Robinson, jointly before the league and its Players Association. Robinson is a former member of Delaware’s district court for more than 25 years and is the first woman chief judge for the District of Delaware.
While the league expects to push for a “lengthy” suspension for Watson, who has been accused of harassing, assaulting or touching 24 women during massage sessions during his time with the Houston Texans, the NFLPA expects to defend him. Robinson will have to listen and make up her decision, which could come as early as within a week from June 28, according to one source.
The NFL, on the other hand, hopes for coherence on this case before training camp starts in late July, even though they have not been able to speak with a few of the women who interacted with Watson. That means that the NFL’s proposed discipline will be based on only a fraction of these women’s testimony.
What happens once Robinson rules Deshaun Watson’s case?
Now onto the actual consequences of the ruling. Once Robinson rules, the 26-year-old quarterback will have the option to appeal, which then NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could either rule or call on an independent ruler.
Sue L. Robinson, the first woman chief judge of Delaware
Robinson, who is about to carry a heavy case on her shoulders, appears to be one the most influential individuals of the upcoming 2022 NFL season. In addition to working on cases like the billion-dollar stent litigation and trademark infringement, the Illinois native was selected to serve on the Judicial Conference of the United States.