There is a possibility that he will be suspended for the entire 2022 season if that’s what is recommended by retired federal judge Sue Robinson.
The league is arguing for an indefinite suspension due to Watson’s multiple violations of the player conduct policy stemming from his alleged sexual misconduct cases.
To build their case, they shared the stories of five women who filed charges against the quarterback, four of which they have interviewed.
The NFL hopes that the stories of these individuals will lead to Watson sitting out his second straight season after the Houston Texans did not play him last season.
When Will The Decision Come Out?
On the other hand, Watson’s camp is supported by the NFL Players Association and they have Jeffrey Kessler arguing on their behalf.
Kessler has worked with Tom Brady during the Deflategate scandal wherein the seven-time Super Bowl winner received minimal sanctions.
That’s what Watson is hoping and Kessler will build their case based on previous penalties given by the NFL.
The hearing for this case dragged on a third day, giving ample time for both sides to strengthen their case.
However, the decision won’t come quickly, as ESPN’s Dan Graziano shared.
Post-hearing briefs are due the week of July 11, per source. So Watson decision likely weeks away still.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) June 30, 2022
Graziano tweeted, “Post-hearing briefs are due the week of July 11, per source. So Watson decision is likely weeks away still.”
He also mentioned that Robinson requested post-trial briefs from both sides after the three-day hearing.
In that case, Watson’s immediate future hangs in the balance.
Likewise, the league will receive criticism regardless of the decision.
Still, they would like to be fair to both parties by hearing their cases before making a decision.
If an indefinite suspension is decided, Watson can appeal the decision, further dragging on the process.