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Reports: NFL seeks minimum 1-year ban for Deshaun Watson in disciplinary hearings that start Tuesday

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Deshawn Watson is due to face an NFL disciplinary hearing starting Tuesday, where the league is expected to argue for a lengthy suspension. according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter as well as multiple reports.

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The hearing will be overseen by former US District Judge Sue L. Robinson, who will act as an independent officer. Watson, who is accused of varying degrees of sexual assault and misconduct by 24 women, will represent the NFLPA. The outcome of the hearing is expected to determine what, if anything, Watson faces as he enters his first season as a Cleveland Browns quarterback.

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Attorney for Watson’s accusers, Tony Busby, announced last week that Watson had settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits he faced. Terms of mutual settlements are not reported. The four remaining claims remain pending. In March, two separate grand juries in Texas declined to bring criminal charges against Watson.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson stands on the field during NFL football practice at the team's training facility on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.  (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson stands on the field during NFL football practice at the team’s training facility on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Report: NFL seeks indefinite ban for at least 1 year

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According to Schefter, the NFL intends to advocate for an “extended” suspension during the hearing. According to the report, the league intends to testify some of Watson’s accusers. Mark Maske of the Washington Post and Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL plans to advocate for an indefinite ban of at least one year.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, NFLPA to challenge unpaid suspension citing the lack of harsh penalties for NFL owners related to allegations of sexual harassment. Robinson is expected to reign before training camp begins on July 27, Cabot said.

Robinson exercises oversight under a clause in the 2020 collective bargaining agreement that calls for the NFL and NFLPA to agree to appoint an independent official to oversee such matters, rather than Commissioner Roger Goodell. Both parties will have the opportunity to file an appeal, which will be heard by Goodell or another independent officer.

Harris County District Attorney (Houston) Kim Ogg said in a recent podcast appearance in the Watson case that “a grand jury without a bill is no excuse”.

“I think to determine if justice has been served in this case, you will have to wait and see how things come out on the civilian side of things, and then through the NFL to the administrative side of things.” Ogg told the Mike Melster Podcast.

Robinson will reportedly oversee an NFL hearing for the first time. She served in the US District Court. from Delaware County from 1991 to 2017, including serving as Chief Justice from 2000 to 2007.




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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