Even before recent events gave Deshawn Watson In the case of more ominous sensations, some in the league office felt that Watson should not play until after the pending lawsuit was over. However, in March, Commissioner Roger Goodell ruled out the possibility of paid leave.
Starting with a feature that debuted 23 days ago on HBO. Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the situation for Watson has worsened: two more lawsuits have been filed, two more are expected, and possibly more. As one source with the dynamics of the situation explained to the PFT on Thursday, the league is very concerned that more and more cases are being filed drip-drip-drip.
New cases, upcoming cases, and the possibility of even more cases combined with the HBO story and a recent article by Jenny Vrentas of The newspaper “New York Timesgave more credibility to those in the league office who want Watson to be suspended pending the full completion of the trial.
It is not clear how this split will be resolved and it will be difficult for the league to make a full and final decision on potential discipline without knowing how many cases will be filed. Despite all this, the league must balance the potential consequences of going too far with the possible consequences of not going enough. And it was the failure to go far enough with Ray Rice in 2014 that nearly brought the house down.
Whatever the commissioner does, he will not allow himself to be criticized again for taking a player who is accused of misconduct towards a woman again. Or 26 women. And I think.