NFL insists on suspension
The Canadian Press – June 29, 2022 / 6:10 PM | History: 373568
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The NFL and Deshaun Watson’s legal team made their case to a disciplinary officer for a second day on Wednesday, with both sides standing firm as the hearing is set to continue in Delaware on Thursday.
The league insists on an indefinite suspension and Watson’s team argues there is no basis for such a significant sanction, two people present told The Associated Press. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because the hearing is not public.
Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players Association, is tasked with determining whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose a discipline.
If the union or league appeals Robinson’s decision, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designate “will issue a written decision which shall constitute a full, final and complete settlement of the dispute”, pursuant to the terms of Article 46. of the collective agreement.
Watson has agreed to settle 20 of 24 civil sexual misconduct lawsuits, but the league is seeking at least a one-year suspension, one of the people told the AP. Watson’s team expects a suspension but wants the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to play for the Cleveland Browns at some point this season, another person told the AP.
Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints arising from the allegations.
Watson denied any wrongdoing and vowed to clear his name.
This is the first hearing for Robinson, who served as the first female Chief Justice of the District of Delaware. Previously, Goodell had the authority to impose disciplinary action for violations of the Personal Conduct Policy.