Deshaun Watson may know of his NFL future soon enough.
Off the heels of the news that Watson has settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault, the NFL is readying to drop the hammer on the Browns quarterback.
that the league is looking to hand Watson an “indefinite suspension,” while searching a minimum of one year on the ban. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Watson’s hearing date is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28.
While the NFL wants an “indefinite suspension,” there’s a specific reason why they’re aiming for a minimum of one year come Tuesday.that a year away from the league, which would end mid-March 2023, would put Watson past the two-year statute of limitations for any future sexual misconduct lawsuits.
That, though, is operating under the assumption that Watson had stopped seeking out massage therapists following March 2021, when the first lawsuits against him were filed.
Simply put: The league doesn’t want to suspend Watson, then have to deal with another round of accusations between now and next March, putting the league in a bad light for a shorter-term suspension.
Should Watson stay out of legal troubles for the next year, the suspension would likely be set to a year. After which, he’d be able to apply for reinstatement.
Recently, two more women came forward accusing Watson of sexual misconduct during massage sessions, this following the “Real Sports” interview in which two of Watson’s accusers detailed the encounters with the quarterback.
The NFLPA is planning to fight the suspension, as is custom for the union in situations where discipline is levied against its players.and his fully guaranteed $230 million contract.
It’s unclear how long the hearing process will take, but a resolution to the entire Watson situation seems to be in sight.