NFL pushes for indefinite suspension during Watson hearing

NFL calls for suspension

The Canadian Press – † Story: 373568

The NFL legal team and Deshaun Watson presented their arguments for a second day before a disciplinary officer on Wednesday, with both sides remaining steadfast as the hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Delaware.

The league is pushing for an indefinite suspension and Watson’s side is claiming there is no basis for a significant penalty, two attendees told The Associated Press. Both individuals spoke on condition of anonymity as the hearing is not public.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was appointed jointly by the league and the NFL Players’ Association, is charged with determining whether Watson has violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether any disciplinary action should be taken.

If the union or league appeals Robinson’s decision, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his delegate will “make a decision in writing which shall constitute the full, final and complete settlement of the dispute,” according to the provisions of Section 46 in the collective labor agreement.

Watson agreed to settle 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits for sexual misconduct, but the league wants at least a year of suspension, one of the people told The AP. Watson’s side expects a suspension but wants the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback to play for the Cleveland Browns at some point this season, another person told the AP.

Two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges stemming from the charges.

Watson has denied any allegations and promised to clear his name.

This is the first hearing for Robinson, who was the first female Chief Judge for the District of Delaware. Previously, Goodell had the authority to impose disciplinary action for violations of the Personal Conduct Policy.

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