The league has commenced hearings regarding Watson’s fate in connection with his legal battles.
There’s a possibility that the NFL could suspend Watson indefinitely, meaning that he could miss the entire 2022 and some of the 2023 season.
However, the NFL Players Association is supporting the Pro Bowl play-caller by having Jeffrey Kessler arguing for a shorter suspension.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, will also argue the facts of the case on Watson’s behalf.
Meanwhile, the NFL revealed its approach to Watson’s situation.
Per @DanGrazianoESPN, NFL will present the cases of five women, four of whom who sued, as supporting evidence for its position, which is that Watson should be suspended for at least the full year #Browns
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) June 28, 2022
ESPN’s Jake Trotter shared, “Per @DanGrazianoESPN, NFL will present the cases of five women, four of whom sued, as supporting evidence for its position, which is that Watson should be suspended for at least the full year #Browns.”
If Watson does get suspended, it would be difficult to see the Browns being competitive in 2022.
Meanwhile, Watson’s side could argue that the Houston Texans have already penalized him by not allowing him to play for the entire 2021 season.
That’s a valid argument that could reduce Watson’s suspension.
Why The Decision On Watson’s Case Matters
The NFL’s decision regarding this matter will have a ripple effect across the league.
It will be used as a reference for cases of the same nature in the future.
That said, they could look at how the other major sporting leagues dealt with the same case before.
Likewise, the Texans are not absolved from the matter because they might have knowledge of Watson’s actions.
If proven, the team would have to address future civil lawsuits for damages.