Report: No Deshaun Watson decision today

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After the three-day Deshaun Watson hearing ended four weeks ago yesterday, I predicted that we’d have a decision from Judge Sue L. Robinson during the week of July 25. I’ve got one more day to be not incorrect. It looks like I will be. Incorrect, that is.

Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press reports that the waiting game will continue into next week, with no decision coming today.

So when can a decision be expected?  It’s been 29 days since the hearing ended. It’s been 17 days since the parties submitted written briefs. The Collective Bargaining Agreement contains no specific timetable for issuing a decision. However, it requires that a decision be issued “as soon as practicable following the conclusion of the hearing.”

That’s a potentially broad standard. What is, or isn’t, practicable? It depends on the case.

In this one, she’ll need to prepare a written ruling that explains what the evidence was, what the evidence wasn’t, what she believed the facts to be, and how the Personal Conduct Policy applies to those facts. It will need to be clear and understandable, especially if she imposes a suspension that falls far short of the one-year ban the league has requested. The average person will need to be able to read (if they so choose) the document and to understand why she decided whatever she decides.

Whatever the decision, it’s reportedly not coming today. Which implies that Judge Robinson has told the league and/or the NFL Players Association that a decision isn’t coming today. Which suggests that she’s keenly aware of the fact that folks would like to know what’s going to happen.

28 responses to “Report: No Deshaun Watson decision today

  1. Good lord – what is the league waiting for? I bet this perverted clown ends up getting 4 gms, w/ the NFL quickly sweeping this under the rug.

  2. as the days turn into weeks.. the story is fading away .. give him his 4-8 games and be done with it.

  3. Who among us hasn’t procrastinated writing that paper for school until the last minute?

  4. The delay troubles me. I get the feeling that Watson will skate with no suspension. Brutally unfair to those who served 6 plus game suspensions for much less. This will be a PR disaster for the NFL if such a decision stands. Watson deserves no less than 2 year and SHOULD be banned from the NFL PERMANENTLY.

  5. Judge Robinson is working on Federal judge time, which means things are done slowly.

  6. It’s remarkable to see what strong victim advocates people are, until it’s about a player on their favorite team.

  7. No late Friday news dump for Roger. I’ve got money on Monday so the talking heads can spend a week arguing about it…

  8. Judge Robinson will not have her credentials compromised. She is delaying this to try to force a settlement. I believe she believes the league has not held the owners to a “higher standard” per their contract. Therefore, she is prepared to give Watson a ZERO suspension, much like the owners did with Robert Kraft. She is not worried about getting fired. She, unlike the owners, can look herself in the mirror and know she adjudicated properly.

  9. September 11th right around 4:05 pm est. she’ll have her decision…

    League wants Watson vs. Mayfield, league gets Watson vs. Mayfield.

  10. I’d be surprised if he is suspended at all. The league and Goodell will get to play victim and point the finger at Robinson.

    Robinson will use this case to get the attention of the league regarding lax punishment of owners. She has the cover of the fact Watson was effectively suspended with pay last year by the Texans, and the relatively weak arguments of the NFL to substantiate her decision. It’s really the perfect scenario to get out from under the precedent the league has set in not punishing owners.

    I would bet a lot that in some dark room within the NFL ivory tower, the NFL braintrust would be very happy for the case to play out like this. The NFL gets to play victim. The spotlight is on Watson. Most importantly, the spotlight is away from matters that actually stress the league, like Snyder testifying for 10+ hours. You know, testimony that actually has the potential to take down the whole operation.

  11. Question: Who, or ” What” is ” The league”? Is that Roger Goodell? Is it the owners? Is it lawyers representing Goodell? Lawyers representing the owners? Cause ” the owners” have made a hard statement 4 – 5 weeks ago that they did not desire ” further litigation” beyond this decision. The NFLPA and Watsons camp have both stated that they will both pursue additional litigation if a suspension is rendered greater than 4 games (max). It would seem that a 4 game suspension might keep both parties there “content” to move on. So…..who is this ” mysterious” 3rd party being called ” The league” ? Which would appear to holding up a ” quasi – agreed upon ” punishment?

  12. I am NO fan of Watson’s actions, but can he argue that last year was a de facto full year suspension and that he has already been punished?

  13. We all know if he was getting suspended it would be announced today. The NFL will relay the info of no suspension at 11:59 pm some Sunday night

  14. smarterthanmost says:
    July 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Judge Robinson will not have her credentials compromised. She is delaying this to try to force a settlement. I believe she believes the league has not held the owners to a “higher standard” per their contract. Therefore, she is prepared to give Watson a ZERO suspension, much like the owners did with Robert Kraft. She is not worried about getting fired. She, unlike the owners, can look herself in the mirror and know she adjudicated properly.

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    It would be kinda poetic justice if Judge Robinson bases a 0 game suspension on those that the owner’s received for similar infractions and quotes the charges against Snyder and Kraft as the basis for her decision.

    Not cool for the victims, but a direct slap in the face to Goodell.

  15. No suspension will be rendered. He didn’t break any laws. He didn’t force, coerce or use violence in any encounter.

  16. Is he a pervert yeaaaa he is but so are half the male population . did he do anything criminal since none of us were there we can only say there is zero evidence that he did .

  17. The righteous indignation from some on here is laughable he broke no laws those hypocrites pointing there fingers most of them have many skeletons in there own closets .

  18. At first, I thought the Watson suspension would be at least a year, but after seeing how long this is taking, my guess now is 4-6 games. If it were a open and shut issue, it would’ve have been decided weeks ago, but now I’m guessing the league will compromise to something quick and easy to get it over with before the preseason starts.

  19. so this is whats going to break the NFLs back. They have slow rolled this thing and now it appears they are going to try and ride it out until everyone forgets. What they dont seem to realize is, the vast majority of fans are disgusted by his behaviour. I as a lifelong browns fan will never watch another browns game until he and the haslams are gone.

  20. Let’s be realistic – she is not sitting in a room by herself typing away. She has a team of people working for her, so there is no reasonable explanation for why this is taking so long.

    Also: last year was not any kind of “suspension” for Watson. That’s not at all why he didn’t play.

  21. Indefinite suspension with a review after this season, and then it’s gonna hit the fan as all of his enablers will be losing their minds

  22. Agreed with the user who said the judge is trying to force a settlement. The double standard awarded to owners, especially with the Snyder situation, makes this complicated. He could skate.

  23. I think when its all said and done Goodell suspends him for a year – because its in the leagues best interest and thats what the owners pay him for.

  24. She has found out the same thing 2 different grand juries did. Zero factual evidence.

  25. grant35 says:
    July 29, 2022 at 11:00 am
    Good lord – what is the league waiting for? I bet this perverted clown ends up getting 4 gms, w/ the NFL quickly sweeping this under the rug.
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    He put on such a good clown show that many of his accusers had to see it a second and third time. #facts

  26. Watson refused to play another down for the Texans because of the blatently racist owner. Cal McNair who lives 90 feet from Tony Buzbee, decided to orchastrate a smear campaign unlike never before seen in NFL history. The NFL knows exactly what the Texans did. They don’t even deserve an NFL team. Watson is a creep but this whole case really shows the dark side of NFL owners and the lengths they will go to get revenge. If the NFL truly wants to protect the sheild, then ban Cal Mcnair for life and give Watson an 8 game suspension. That won’t happen.

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