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Amid reports that a disciplinary decision in the Deshaun Watson case, the NFL Players Association and the NFL is due on Monday Brown Quarterbacks released a joint statement ahead of the verdict.
“In advance of Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to restate the facts of the case.” the statement began. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL investigation and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive information available for any personal conduct policy investigation. A former federal judge—appointed jointly by the NFLPA and the NFL—conducted a full and fair hearing, read thousands of pages of investigative documents and impartially reviewed arguments from both sides.
“Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and is not being clouded by the whims of the league office. For that reason, regardless of their decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by their decision, and we call on the NFL to do the same.”
Sue L. Robinson, the impartial umpire for the NFL and NFLPA, has not indicated what her verdict will be. However, the NFLPA’s decision to go along with Robinson’s decision, according to its statement Sunday, is based on the fact that the case has now been heard before two grand juries and one judge. The NFLPA believes that’s enough corresponding MMQBby Albert Breer.
Regarding the expected disciplinary decision, there is a feeling within the Browns organization that a possible suspension could be anywhere near four to eight games, according to A Report from the athleteis Jeff Howe.
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Watson and the NFL held further settlement talks in recent days, but neither side felt they were close. according to a report by ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
Watson’s side indicated in settlement talks that they would accept a six to eight game ban. The NFL’s best-reported bid was 12 games and a hefty fine in the $8 million range, according to the report.
25 women have filed civil lawsuits against Watson as of March 2021 and only one dropped her case in April 21 over privacy concerns. Watson agreed to settle 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits in June 22. The detailed, graphic accounts of sexual harassment and assault that took place during massage therapy sessions range from Watson’s alleged refusal to cover his genitals to “touching” the quarterback [a plaintiff] with his penis and tries to force her to perform oral sex on him.”
The quarterback has denied all charges against him, and two Texas grand juries declined to indict him on criminal charges earlier this spring.
Robinson heard arguments from Watson, the NFLPA and the league in late June. The NFL presented cases from five women during the three-day hearings. At the end of the hearings, there was no timetable for a decision. However, Robinson seems ready to make a decision before the start of the 2022 season.
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