Ruling in Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing expected on Monday

Ruling in Browns QB Deshaun Watson's disciplinary hearing expected on Monday

A decision in Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun WatsonThe NFL disciplinary hearing is scheduled to take place on Monday, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported Sunday afternoon.

Watson’s three-day hearing before former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson concluded June 30. Post-brief hearings for Watson’s representation and the NFL took place the week of July 11.

Any appeal of the decision would be handled by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee, in accordance with the collective agreement 2020but the NFLPA released a statement Sunday ahead of Robinson’s decision that she will stick to her decision regardless of the outcome.

The NFLPA has completed its statement calling on the NFL to do the same.

Before the disciplinary hearing at the end of June, Watson agreed to confidential settlements with 20 of the 24 women who filed civil lawsuits alleging he committed sexual misconduct during massage sessions.

Watson denied the allegations. Two Texas grand juries refused to charge Watson on criminal charges, which were filed by 10 women.

Watson hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2020 season with the Houston Texans. Watson requested a trade from the team this offseason before the first sexual misconduct allegations were made in March 2021. He then spent the entire 2021 season.

Texans have been prosecuted by 30 women in a lawsuit filed June 27, which alleged the organization permitted Watson’s misconduct during his time with the team. The women’s lawyer confirmed on July 15 that the 30 had reached confidential settlements with the team.

Browns negotiated for Watson in March before signing him to a five-year fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million.

Watson reported to the team’s training camp on July 22 and has participated fully as the NFL and NFLPA await Robinson’s decision.

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