Deshaun Watson hearing is expected to last “several days”

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The Deshaun Watson disciplinary hearing got started on Tuesday. So far, not much information has emerged from the proceedings.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post added this nugget to the broader narrative earlier today — the hearing is expected to last “several days.” Maske adds that it’s not known when Judge Sue L. Robinson will make her decision.

The biggest question continues to be whether and to what extent Judge Robinson will allow the NFL Players Association to develop and present the argument that Watson’s punishment must be proportional to discipline imposed, or not imposed, on specific owners who may have violated the Personal Conduct Policy in recent years.

If Judge Robinson imposes any discipline on Watson, Commissioner Roger Goodell will have the ability, on appeal, to increase the punishment. It’s possible that the NFL entered the process asking for a lot, with the goal of ultimately imposing something less than what the league seeks.

It’s also possible that Goodell, whose job was believe in jeopardy (at leas temporarily) in 2014 over the league’s failure to impose sufficient discipline on Ray Rice, will do whatever he can to give the NFL the end result it current seeks — an indefinite suspension of at least a full season.

31 responses to “Deshaun Watson hearing is expected to last “several days”

  1. I always expected the decision to come out the Friday before the 4th of July. Come on.

  2. Decision will be released 5pm Friday July 1 before the 4th of July long weekend. Typical news dump. This has been sketched out for a long time. Lame.

  3. I can already see the one thing that will get the most scrutiny in the proceedings and that’s the word “indefinite”. How do you determine any additional punishment past the one year? Who makes that decision? The judge? Roger? Do they determine the parameters now or wait until the year is over? This is guaranteed to be a hot mess leaving it open ended…

  4. Let’s see how impartial this female judge really is, because if the evidence presented by the league shows that they believe the victims versions of events, and the judge agrees with that evidence, then you would expect her to drop the hammer on him. What female judge is going to go easy on a sexual predator who targets women? None….indefinite suspension with a minimum of 24 games to be served. 1 game for each of the victims

  5. sure sounds like a dog and pony show .. his fate was seal after the first lawsuit was file..

  6. How can you suspend a guy when not 1 but 2 grand juries could not find evidence of even 1 criminal indictment.

  7. Several days? Season ticket forms are due Friday. Are they duping fans before knowing what the hearing results are?

  8. It’s some kind of cosmic convergence that Watson and that “other guy” go down in flames the same week.

  9. fanofreason says:

    How can you suspend a guy when not 1 but 2 grand juries could not find evidence of even 1 criminal indictment
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    Go try to bring this much bad publicity and cost your employer money in pending lawsuits and see how long you keep your job.

  10. Save this post. I’m calling it now. NFL says indefinite suspension. Union says no punishment cause Owners weren’t punished. Not punishing owners is an extreme. An indefinite punishment is an extreme. She rule both those things out and say a 1 year suspension to meet in the middle. BOOK IT!

  11. How about an indefinite suspension for Roger Goodell? Until 80% of NFL fans say he can return (which will be never).

  12. fanofreason says:
    June 28, 2022 at 6:29 pm
    How can you suspend a guy when not 1 but 2 grand juries could not find evidence of even 1 criminal indictment.

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    That said more about his lawyer’s relationship with the prosecutors than anything.

  13. Watson’s offenses are legitimately wrong!
    But, are they more serious than the NFL physical violence cases against women that have punishment precedence established?
    Is it time to make an example for player punishment?
    Fairness is the question – and the NFL doesn’t know the meaning of the word…

  14. So, basically this will unnecessarily drag all out all week ending late Friday in a long weekend news dump. The NFL is pushing for a indefinite suspension, which makes sense because you can’t really suspend a player for whatever reason when there are still issues that need to be cleared up before moving forward with a suspension anyway. Then you have a (so-called/NFL and NFLPA agreed upon/wink wink nudge nudge) arbitrator who will give their ruling/two cents on what Watson could get suspension wise, but in the end the NFL can ultimately overrule whatever the arbitrator suggests and then proceed to hammer Watson indefinitely anyway.

    The whole idea of having a outside entity dishing out punishment was to avoid the NFL playing judge, jury, and executioner while protecting PR, but this silly idea has turned in to a convoluted pointless dog and pony show. Whatever NFL, just hammer the guy a get it over with already.

  15. fanofreason says:
    June 28, 2022 at 6:29 pm
    How can you suspend a guy when not 1 but 2 grand juries could not find evidence of even 1 criminal indictment

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    They had plenty of evidence…they chose not to indict…that’s not the same thing.

  16. Indefinite. That leaves room for further action should any more lawsuits be filed once the initial decision on any punishment has been made. And sadly that seems quite possible.

  17. A couple dozen separate, unique, individual cases of accused abuse involving separate, unique women.

    One such accusation would get an average player 6 games, easy.

    Watson shouldn’t benefit from doing a bad thing a lot of times to different people.

    6 games per accusation of abuse adds up to roughly 9 years. Sounds right to me.

  18. One year suspension now, and another suspension possibly imposed after all law suits and allegations (those 4 pending and whatever more will follow until the statute of limitations is reached in March 2023. At that time, a final decision on another suspension to be determined by the filed lawsuits and/or convictions.

  19. Irsay got 6 games for DUI, DeBartolo got a year suspension for gambling and Richardson was forced to sell because of sexual and racial misconduct. And isn’t Snyder ‘indefinitely suspended’? And all were fined too. Not sure the union thought this plan through.

  20. Because of course it will. The NFL loves to stay in the News. This should have been decided yesterday with no suspension.

  21. HagemeisterPark says:
    June 28, 2022 at 7:29 pm
    fanofreason says:

    How can you suspend a guy when not 1 but 2 grand juries could not find evidence of even 1 criminal indictment
    ——————-
    Go try to bring this much bad publicity and cost your employer money in pending lawsuits and see how long you keep your job.

    The Owners and Goodell tarnish the shield 100x more than any player could, but nice try

  22. nosurrender says:
    June 28, 2022 at 6:16 pm
    Let’s see how impartial this female judge really is, because if the evidence presented by the league shows that they believe the victims versions of events, and the judge agrees with that evidence, then you would expect her to drop the hammer on him. What female judge is going to go easy on a sexual predator who targets women? None….indefinite suspension with a minimum of 24 games to be served. 1 game for each of the victims

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    It does not matter what the league believes, they will do whatever they think is best for their marketing.

  23. They should make a reality show out of this circus, there is drama everyday all parties involved look like fools

  24. HagemeisterPark says:
    June 28, 2022 at 7:29 pm
    fanofreason says:

    How can you suspend a guy when not 1 but 2 grand juries could not find evidence of even 1 criminal indictment
    ——————-
    Go try to bring this much bad publicity and cost your employer money in pending lawsuits and see how long you keep your job.
    ______________

    The NFL is not Watson’s employer, the Browns are. Watson has not brought any bad publicity upon the Browns, the team brought that upon themselves. We also now know that Watson’s employer at the time of his deplorable conduct, the Texans, were complicit in and enabled his conduct. None of those facts mean that Watson should not be expended, but as far as bad publicity and litigation expenses for the Texans, the teams brought that upon themselves.

  25. NFLPA still defends Watson. Someone needs to ask the NFLPA what their position is on protecting women and women’s rights.

  26. dryzzt23 says:
    June 29, 2022 at 9:40 am
    NFLPA still defends Watson. Someone needs to ask the NFLPA what their position is on protecting women and women’s rights.
    ____________

    The union is legally obligated to represent Watson.

  27. The media is salivating over the hope that it will last a long time. However; the chances of it ending today are just as good as it lasting a long time based on what we know, which is next to nothing.

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