Deshaun Watson’s hearing before jointly appointed NFL and NFL Players Association disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson is scheduled to begin Tuesday, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.
Robinson will listen as the NFL expects to push for a “protracted” suspension for Watson as the NFLPA defends the Cleveland Browns quarterback accused of molesting, assaulting or touching 26 women at massage appointments while he was at the Houston Texans was. However, the NFL is likely to base its proposed discipline on only a fraction of what these women said per source, since the league was unable to speak to a number of the women who interacted with Watson.
Watson was at one point facing 24 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and improper conduct during massage sessions. He has agreed to settle 20 of those lawsuits.
Robinson doesn’t have a track record of deciding cases involving NFL players, although a source said her decision could come within a week but could also take as long as training camp. In this case, the NFL hopes for clarity before the start of the training camp at the end of July.
Once Robinson rules, Watson has an opportunity to appeal, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could either rule on that appeal or call an independent ruler.
A former Delaware District Court judge for more than 25 years, Robinson is now recognized as one of the most influential people for the upcoming 2022 NFL season. and antitrust proceedings.
During her tenure, she served as the first female Chief Justice for the District of Delaware and was selected for the United States Judiciary Conference.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34148608/sources-cleveland-browns-qb-deshaun-watson-nfl-disciplinary-hearing-scheduled-tuesday Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s NFL disciplinary hearing scheduled for Tuesday