The three-day hearing on his pending suspension is over and former federal judge Sue Robinson is reviewing the merits of both camps.
The league is pushing for an indefinite suspension which means that Watson would have to sit out the entire 2022 season and maybe parts of the 2023 season.
They have built their case based on the women that filed sexual misconduct cases against the Pro Bowl quarterback.
Meanwhile, Watson’s camp enlisted Jeffrey Kessler to argue for a lighter sentence.
The man who worked with Tom Brady during the Deflategate scandal cited previous sanctions bestowed by the NFL to strengthen their appeal.
But when Pro Football Talk asked about the timeline for Robinson’s decision, Yahoo Sports senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson responded.
Sources in the Watson case believe arbitrator Sue Robinson’s decision could bump up against – or even overlap – with the first few days of #Browns camp. One opinion offered on the timeline is that she may be taking her time to give the league and Watson another shot at settling. https://t.co/PIoleTujc9
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 18, 2022
Robinson tweeted, “Sources in the Watson case believe arbitrator Sue Robinson’s decision could bump up against – or even overlap – with the first few days of #Browns camp. One opinion offered on the timeline is that she may be taking her time to give the league and Watson another shot at settling.”
Time For The NFL And Watson To Reconcile
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will still have the final say regarding Watson but he might ultimately follow Robinson’s recommendation.
However, Watson has the right to appeal the decision if it doesn’t go his way.
Still, it’s the commissioner’s discretion to lighten the sanction or keep it as is.
Based on this tweet, Browns rookies will start their training camp on July 22 and the veterans report four days later.
The decision could come out in any of those days to give Watson much time to appeal, especially if Robinson’s verdict is in the NFL’s favor.