After settlement efforts go nowhere, Deshaun Watson ruling is expected on Monday

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Judge Sue L. Robinson didn’t get the memo regarding the value for a Friday bad news dump.

PFT has confirmed that the former federal judge has informed the NFL and the NFL Players Association that a decision in the Deshaun Watson appeal hearing is coming on Monday. The news was first reported by Josina Anderson of CBS Sports.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, efforts to resolve the situation via negotiations went nowhere. Although Judge Robinson did not actively encourage settlement efforts, some believe that she waited to issue a ruling in order to encourage the two sides to achieve their own solution. In theory, the fact that she has told the parties that a decision is coming on Monday (and the fact that she told them it wasn’t coming on Friday) operated as a de facto last call to work out a deal that leaves both parties a little upset, in lieu of a formal ruling that could leave one of the parties very upset.

As one source put it, however, the chances of a settlement currently are slim.

PFT previously reported that the Browns are bracing for an eight-game suspension. One source with knowledge of the submissions made by the parties estimated that the final suspension could land in the range of two to eight games.

If Judge Robinson imposes any discipline at all, the league and the union will have the right to appeal to the Commissioner. The case ends only if she finds that Watson should have no punishment whatsoever.

Although Watson was sued by 24 different massage therapists for alleged sexual misconduct during massage sessions, the league presented evidence as to only five of the alleged victims. One of the cases was based sole on a media report; it’s our understanding that the judge disregarded that specific claim.

Presumably, Judge Robinson’s decision will be made available for publicly. Since it involves a player and not an owner, the league will have less of a reason to sweep it all under the rug.

39 responses to “After settlement efforts go nowhere, Deshaun Watson ruling is expected on Monday

  1. Anything under 2 years would be a farce. The Trevor Bauer suspension should be the absolute minimum.

  2. No credible claims of violence, force, intimidation, threats of coercion were presented by the NFL. 2 yrs or even 1 yr is beyond ridiculous and won’t happen.

  3. No matter how long the suspension is, it’s kinda hard to not be peeved that this guy was traded and rewarded with a massive, fully guaranteed contract in the middle of all of this. They could suspend him for 2 years and it would still be a farce. I hope the Browns and Watson spend the next ten years in the NFL cellar where they belong.

  4. Anything under 2 years would be a farce. The Trevor Bauer suspension should be the absolute minimum.

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    And I bet you believe the 2020 election was rigged too, huh? Give me a break. NFL presented only FOUR CASES in defense of their position. FOUR (out of how many?). And in those four cases they (the NFL that is) stated: There was no sexual assault, coercion, violence, nada. Yet it’s just like Trevor Bauer, huh? Why? Because that’s what you want to believe, so therefore it’s true. Just like the 2020 election. Again, give me a break.

  5. seems to be endless people who want to see bad things happen to DW and the Browns. im sure i will get lots of thumbs down.. guess what ? Browns fans dont care !!!

  6. Again, ignore the lawyer claims and media reports, and focus on what was shown when actual evidence was presented. Two grand juries found insufficient evidence to even charge him, much less convict. The NFL investigation specifically found no evidence of assault, coercion, or force. Exactly what would warrant ANY suspension? Bad press by biased media jumping to conclusions?

  7. Ridley got a full year for gambling, a victimless crime. Hopkins got 6 games for PED, also victimless. One year minimum.

  8. If Calvin Ridley got suspended a year for gambling, if there is any truth to the 24 plus women saying he did this, I would think it should be more than a year.

  9. The Haslam, Kraft, Snyder suspensions should set the low bar for high dudgeon, Mongo.

  10. berniesarmy says:
    July 31, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Anything under 2 years would be a farce. The Trevor Bauer suspension should be the absolute minimum.

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    And I bet you believe the 2020 election was rigged too, huh? Give me a break. NFL presented only FOUR CASES in defense of their position. FOUR (out of how many?). And in those four cases they (the NFL that is) stated: There was no sexual assault, coercion, violence, nada. Yet it’s just like Trevor Bauer, huh? Why? Because that’s what you want to believe, so therefore it’s true. Just like the 2020 election. Again, give me a break.

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    Um, no I don’t think it was rigged at all, and have blasted anyone I know who has ever even made the suggestion that it was. So please don’t put words in my mouth. Just because I believe Watson is guilty and should be disciplined accordingly does not mean I in any way, shape or form support anything the former disgraced president did. I don’t.

  11. Until the NFL holds owners responsible for their bad behavior (try never), it is hypocritical for the league to punish players. Let criminal and civil courts deal with off the field issues, and the league can try to do a decent job of resolving actual football related infractions. Not that they have a good track record of doing so.

  12. mongonation says:
    July 31, 2022 at 7:03 pm
    Anything under 2 years would be a farce. The Trevor Bauer suspension should be the absolute minimum.
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    What is your legal reasoning for this?….as opposed to your “he’s not on my team so this is what I want” reasoning?

  13. He should get an indefinite suspension where he can apply for reinstatement at the beginning of 2023 (March, for the league season). The only way I think the league can justify less than that is if they make him return his salary for last season and treat it as time served. I don’t know if there is any kind of precedent for that happening…

  14. Well NFL, we’ll find out what you really think about women and assaults and not just your rhetoric.

  15. Just get it over with so people can start being pissed over the amount of suspension!1 He is a quitter, and has a sex problem. May be the only thing he can’t quit. Here’s hoping for 2 years!!

  16. mongonation says:
    July 31, 2022 at 7:03 pm
    Anything under 2 years would be a farce. The Trevor Bauer suspension should be the absolute minimum.

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    It should be a permanent ban like for Vick, but Goodell saw dollar signs instead.

    24 women are on the line here, it’s not 1 or 2 with a he said/she said situation which obviously can sometimes be more of a blackmail kind of a scenario.

    But, there is no way he was dealt and given guaranteed money like that with Goodell not already giving reassurances.

    My guess is it’s 6 games negotiated down to 4 after appeal.

    It’s just disgusting watching what Goodell does. All anyone has to do is understand every decision is about money and power. If more money and power goes one way over another, that’s the decision.

    Every other sports league would have banned him based on the women’s testimonies and official statements. Watson paying everyone off doesn’t mean this stuff never happened and 24 women all aren’t lying at the same time for fun.

  17. Soliciting prostitution, which Watson’s lawyer has already admitted is a State felony in Texas. A second offense is a class 3 felony. So by Watson’s own admission he committed over 60 felonies. If anyone things this only requires a few games they are nuts!

  18. One of the cases was based sole on a media report;

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    Yet some people think it’s an admission of guilt by choosing to settle. Sometimes, it’s just easier and cheaper to pay people to go away.

  19. While in search of the goldilocks mushy middle acceptable punishment to most … some will scream too low while others bellow way too high .. my oh my the hue n cry over this guy whom really should be kicked outta the league n fried .. but I digress, however wot the PR mess is shall be if less then 12 games … as a good olde 24 cases or more ?? divided by two n let fate and the fans take it all over from here.

  20. Many of these comments presume Watson committed a crime. He hasn’t been found guilty criminally of anything. This case should be decided on its own merits, not the howling masses. 4 games max.

  21. I know it won’t be over – but wow has this been dragged out. Will be nice to get some type of decision, if anything, to knock of the constant speculation.

  22. And of course nothing for the Texans owner who lives 90 feet from Tony Buzbee (and not coincidentally) decided to take this case only after Watson refused to play another down for the blatantly racist owner. The Texans facilitated the massages and then used it against him as reprisal for not playing their game (literally) That’s called extorsion. To cover up the extorsion, Buzbee filed a claim against the Texans that he knew would settle in less than a week. This is how people with big pockets and power operate folks.

  23. Any word on contract language limiting his new browns contract to 4 hours of massage per week? Asking for a friend, er, Kyler.

  24. Full Season. Let him take the time to settle all the lawsuits with the lady masseuses’ that seem to come out of the cracks each month.

  25. Once Trump said the famous “grab them” message that famous people could do what they want, people like Watson thought they had the right to do anything. The arbitrator needs to call out Trump for setting the precedent, make it clear that in the future men must respect women or else, that if they support Trump they will get harsher punishment because their intent will be clear, and suspend Watson 2 games, She should also commend him for settling so those women could move forward and have closure.

  26. one year, fine of half of next year’s salary. Browns loose an additional First round pick and fined $1,000,000 for aiding and abetting And a coach on a team that had nothing to do with this gets fired

  27. He’s going to get no time. The judge trying to give the league an out is an indication of where this is going.l

  28. bordercollie says:
    July 31, 2022 at 7:31 pm
    Ridley got a full year for gambling, a victimless crime. Hopkins got 6 games for PED, also victimless. One year minimum.
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    Are you saying those punishments were fair?

  29. Of course brown fans defend this guy. If it was the ravens would they say the same thing? Of course not. Most classless fan base in all of the nfl

  30. People that want Watson to be severely punished will be highly dissapointed, 4-6 games

  31. bordercollie says:
    July 31, 2022 at 7:31 pm
    Ridley got a full year for gambling, a victimless crime. Hopkins got 6 games for PED, also victimless. One year minimum.

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    NEITHER of these issues are victimless:
    Gambling on the NFL by a current player puts the entire league’s credibility at stake.
    PED gives a player an illegal, unfair advantage.

    Watson is a creepy horn-ball who did not force anyone to do anything, and did nothing to gain unfair advantage, or create the impression of an unfair advantage.

    The situations are not similar at all.

  32. Best part about this…. Watson will get pummeled in the afc north! He played in the weakest division (outside of nfc east). Wait until he faces a real defense. All that money they paid him will look worse than the Goff deal

  33. I think something in this whole situation is being overlooked – let’s say for arguments sake that Watson did not forcibly coerce any of these 60 plus women – but the fact that he did go to 60 plus women , apparently paid them money , and received sex in exchange – isn’t that a violation by any stretch of the imagination for a code of conduct or morals clause in the Leagues eyes?
    If the NFL gives this guy a very light suspension, is it in effect saying we are fine with our most prominent stars actively and frequently soliciting sex for money? This guy may not have broken the law but he sure seems to be a degenerate

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