NFL’s case against Deshaun Watson is down to four accusers

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In civil court, Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson faced 24 accusers. In the NFL’s disciplinary process, he faces only four.

Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported on Monday that the league’s case against Watson centers only on four women, not five. The fifth woman was not interviewed by the league.

The NFL originally spoke to 12 of the Watson accusers, before presenting five cases during the disciplinary hearing that began 13 days ago.

As we hear it, the decision by the league to cut to five from four may not have been voluntary. The fifth woman’s claim, we’re told, may have been based solely on a media report. Judge Sue L. Robinson, we’re told, may have decided not to give that claim any credence at all, essentially throwing it out of the case.

We’ll find out more when Judge Robinson issues a ruling. Briefs were reportedly due today. I’ll be watching for a decision beginning on Monday, July 25 — with the possibility of a Friday, July 22 news-dump publication.

Presumably, the full written decision from Judge Robinson will be released. The league routinely did so before shoving the Washington Commanders investigation under the rug. Our guess is that the league will make the Watson ruling available, because it will need fans and media to understand the basis for the decision — especially if he’s suspended for far fewer games than the NFL seeks (i.e., a minimum of one season).

39 responses to “NFL’s case against Deshaun Watson is down to four accusers

  1. The NFL doesnt even want him suspended. They want to leak as hard as they can that they want a year or more to sound tough, then do a bad job presenting to the judge (only 5 and one of them was only a media report??? What about the other 20 women)if the judge does less they’ll fold like a towel and say “hey we tried” then they win by acting like its the judge’s fault, they get their superstar QB back faster and hope it’s forgotten.

  2. The case against Watson is getting weaker by the day and there is no evidence to suggest he forced sex with anyone.

  3. Using all that Browns guaranteed money to pay them off slowly. I find it funny the Brown’s think there getting the guy who was throwing to Deandre Hopkins 3 years ago. Forget the physical challenges of not playing in such a long time, the mental and the questions there all going to have to answer weekly will be crazy. Best case scenario for the Browns is one of these years they have a magical season and make it to the Super Bowl, he will get buried.

  4. If Deshaun doesn’t get suspended for this whole season, and Calvin Ridley does lol. Wow.

  5. So it sounds like to the NFL, there weren’t 24 accusers only 4 since he paid the other 20 accusers off? Sounds like a massive cop out on the part of the NFL.

  6. The more the develops, the more it appears Deshaun will play this year. I wish him the same comfort and career he imposed upon his victims. He belongs on the Browns.

  7. Why would he be suspended at all. Not 1 charge was even indictable 2 Grand Juries already decided.

  8. I’d love to get the opinion from inside the locker room on how awesome it is to be on the Browns right now….

  9. How much are NFL front office folks paid? They can’t interview more than 4 people?

  10. It is beginning to look like the league does it usual or spin. Saying it wants one thing and doing another. Without the transcripts of the case being released we do not get to see how poorly the league may have presented the case thus allowing for the judge to give the light sentence and it look bad on her. Who holds the league accountable? This is just more kangaroo court.

  11. “The fifth woman’s claim, we’re told, may have been based solely on a media report.”

    Say what?

    People have been saying “Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire” all along in this case. Maybe the “smoke” was just a fog machine . . .

  12. No wonder the Browns traded Baker. Gotta believe this suspension is going to be a lot lighter than originally reported.

  13. 20 of the accusers settled and probably signed NDAs.

    So are the 4 women, the accusers who didn’t settle?

    If not, wouldn’t this anonymous 5th accuser have received said settlement based on media reporting? And subsequently, got paid JUST to go away?

  14. Any penalty fewer than 17 games will be improper, if the investigators surmise Watson is at fault.

    To me, two years would be even more appropriate.

    I cannot believe the current trend of reports that appear to suggest he may ONLY receive 6 to 8 games banishment.

    Unbelievable.

  15. 66 down to 24 down to 12 now down to 4? Perhaps some of the accusers were okay with their interactions at the time, and later their lawsuits were based on possible free money?

  16. Unless the judge gives him no punishment at all – he wont be on the field this year.

    The league does NOT want him playing. Remember the league is 32 owners – and for 31 one of them all he does is tarnish the “shield”.

  17. If they don’t punish him severely, it will ruin his career.

    If you screw up bad – At least you can “come-back” from punishment.

    You can’t “come-back” if you get off scott-free, that is unforgivable

  18. This is America. If you have enough money then the law does not apply to you. We see it all the time.

  19. Did the Browns even ask themselves, “How do you think this guy is gonna play while being booed constantly?”

  20. no real presentment to the grand jury and a ridiculously flimsy presentation to the nfl discipline officer.

    if the league follows trough with this charade, they have misread the room. big time.

  21. Watson committed the offense of embarrassing the Shield. He embarrassed himself and the Texans, and his contract with the Browns embarrassed them and angered other owners and GMs. He simply HAS to be suspended or the player conduct clause is meaningless. Conduct doesn’t have to be indictable to be offensive and subject to discipline.

  22. Turns out Browns may have made pretty good decision here. Due diligence paid off. Smart move by them. Plus raised going rate for other QBs salary signings, particularly in Cincy and Baltimore. Excellent!

  23. While I don’t like where this is going – only 4 cases for the NFL – I still think he’ll face a long suspension, hopefully a year – but 8 games wouldn’t shock me.

    It is in the NFLs best interest to suspend Watson – and not a little hand slap either. Years ago, there weren’t that many female fans, but that isn’t the case today. The NFL MUST make a strong and BELIEVABLE effort to punish Watson – they can’t be perceived as taking throwing a spiral as more important than all the predatory sexual behavior Watson has shown. The NFL stands to lose a LOT of fans depending on how they handle this – quite a few men – and, face it, droves of women.

    Yes, I’m sure the NFL would like to just make this all go away – have Watson on the field and the fans happy – but that’s just not reality. The Judge could impose a light or even no suspension – if that happens, look for the NFL to be “seriously butthurt” about it – whether sincere or not.

  24. I keep hearing this “He tarnished the Shield” malarky. Where’s evidence of the shield being tarnished? Are television ratings down because of his alleged actions? Is attendance down because of his alleged actions? Is revenue down because of his alleged actions? How exactly has the NFL been harmed? The NFL is full of knuckleheads who do some stupid things. Unless the NFL can pony up some evidence of how their image has been harmed by showing damages then that ridiculous argument needs to be thrown in the trash.

  25. jarahawk says:
    July 11, 2022 at 10:04 pm
    The league has no standing. Case dismissed.
    ______________

    This is the league’s own internal hearing, of course it has the ability to participate. The concept of standing applies to proceedings in a court of law and has absolutely no relevance to this hearing.

  26. chief4forever says:
    If he were innocent, he would not have settled these 20 cases…
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    It really is amazing how some people continue to hold this incorrect opinion. Defendants who are not liable settle civil cases every day for various good reasons, including avoiding the cost of litigation and the possibility of an adverse jury verdict.

    Also, the concept of innocence has no application in civil cases. Guilt and innocence are applicable only in criminal cases.

  27. florioisableedingheartlib says:
    July 12, 2022 at 9:49 am
    I keep hearing this “He tarnished the Shield” malarky. Where’s evidence of the shield being tarnished? Are television ratings down because of his alleged actions? Is attendance down because of his alleged actions? Is revenue down because of his alleged actions? How exactly has the NFL been harmed? The NFL is full of knuckleheads who do some stupid things. Unless the NFL can pony up some evidence of how their image has been harmed by showing damages then that ridiculous argument needs to be thrown in the trash.
    ___________

    You are over-analyzing this. The empirical evidence you reference is not necessary to realize that Watson’s actions have damaged the league’s reputation. Do you really believe that over a year’s worth of adverse publicity is good for the league?

  28. Get rid of Mayfield cause he’s immature but break the bank for a guy who treats women like manure. This is so Cleveland.

  29. Why would it be down to 4 accusers? It’s not like the incidents with the other 20 accusers didn’t happen because the civil cases were settled. If they didn’t cooperate with the investigation because Watson bought them off via civil settlement, the NFL should be able to gather evidence other ways. What this says is that a rich NFLer can purchase witnesses. Rothlisburger and Elliot were suspended for multiple incidents with accusers that didn’t cooperate.

  30. If the NFL thinks they can “fix” this by blaming the judge they have another think coming.

    They own this mess and it isn’t going away until Watson goes away.

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