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Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson’s NFL disciplinary hearing will begin on Tuesday

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Deshawn Watson will receive a hearing before a disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Sue L. Robinsonsince Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the details has confirmed Akron Lighthouse Magazine.

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A league source requested anonymity as they are not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report on the development. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment in an email to the Beacon Journal.

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Watson was is under investigation by the NFL for possible violations of the Personal Conduct Policy from the spring of 2021 while he was still in the Houston Texans. It comes from what was increased to 24 lawsuits in Texas, alleging some degree of sexual harassment during a massage beginning in March of that year.

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When Watson was purchased from the Texans on March 18, he faced 22 lawsuits that were filed against him in March and April 2021. Two more lawsuits have been filed since May 31, the first time since he arrived in Cleveland.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson leads the offense during a mini-camp on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Berea.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson leads the offense during a mini-camp on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Berea.

Tuesday Watson reached a confidential settlement in 20 of 24 lawsuits. The other four, including original plaintiff Ashley Solisexpected to appear in court next March.

“My biggest challenge is to clear my name so that I can return to the environment that I am most comfortable in, which is being in the community, helping people, being a role model and a leader, and being in football. play on the field with teammates and try to win ball games,” Watson said. during the mini-camp June 14th. “That’s something I wasn’t really focused on. (I’m focused on) just clearing my name and focusing on doing what’s right and being honest, and whoever I answer to, I have to give them the true facts.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in May that the investigation was nearing completion. Multiple Reports it has since indicated that the league is seeking a lengthy ban for Watson, up to a full year.

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According to multiple reports this week, the NFL and NFLPA have been in talks over a possible settlement over the length of Watson’s suspension. These negotiations, however, fell apart due to a large gap between the two parties over the length of the suspension.

The NFLPA will speak for Watson to Robinson. The union was expected to issue an aggressive appeal stating that it believed the weak or non-existent fines imposed on owners such as Robert Craft from New England or Daniel Snyder from Washington for their own violations of the same policy, which also places an additional burden on “owning and managing a club or league”.

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Robinson spent 25 years as a member of the Delaware District Court. According to Schefter’s report, there are no records of decisions against NFL players.

The same report states that the decision timeline varies from a week to the start of training camp on July 27th. Watson can appeal to Goodell – or an independent arbitrator if he chooses – after Robinson’s decision.

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This article originally appeared in Akron Beacon Journal: Deshawn Watson NFL Disciplinary Hearing Begins Tuesday



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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