Cleveland Browns fans must be refreshing the home pages of websites that deliver NFL news.
They are all hoping that the decision regarding Deshaun Watson‘s impending suspension comes sooner than later.
The recommendation from former federal judge Sue Robinson will have major implications on their playoff hopes.
But contrary to reports that the verdict could work to Watson’s benefit, CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson puts things into perspective.
I’m also told–as of this morning–Sue Robinson has provided no indication her decision is coming this week, per league source.
We'll continue to monitor.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) July 19, 2022
Anderson tweeted, “I’m also told–as of this morning–Sue Robinson has provided no indication her decision is coming this week, per league source. We’ll continue to monitor.”
Therefore, the real announcement will only come once Robinson herself hands down the decision.
It’s easy to fall prey to opinions and fake news because it’s easy to speculate on Watson’s fate.
Either he gets an indefinite suspension which the league is pushing for or a reduced sentence which Watson’s camp would want.
Still, there’s no definitive word regarding the decision because Robinson is still reviewing the merits of both arguments.
They gave a timetable that the decision could come out either before or during the Browns’ training camp.
That way, appeals or resolutions could be completed before the season starts.
A Decision That Could Shape The League’s Future
From a smaller perspective, the Browns will be heavily affected by Robinson’s recommendation.
They were hoping to see Watson play after trading for him and giving him a five-year, $230 million deal.
Without him, it’s difficult to see Jacoby Brissett leading Cleveland to the postseason.
Likewise, the verdict will set a precedent for future cases of a similar nature.
Robinson might inflict a harsh sanction given the number of women who charged Watson for sexual misconduct.
From there, the league could base decisions on the same issue from what Watson will get.
Either way, there will be pushback regarding the decision.
That’s why Robinson is taking her time to come up with the best recommendation.