They pushed for his indefinite suspension after presenting the cases of five women who filed sexual misconduct charges against Watson.
However, former federal judge Sue Robinson recommended only a six-game suspension for Watson.
The quarterback’s camp, which included lawyer Jeffrey Kessler, used precedent-based arguments to come up with a plea for a lighter sentence.
After reviewing the cases and evidence presented, it seems like Robinson favored Watson.
Still, the NFL expressed its gratitude to Robinson for working with them.
NFL statement about Judge Sue L. Robinson’s decision today: pic.twitter.com/U7sOlUs4k2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 1, 2022
ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter shared a snippet from the NFL’s statement.
The text reads, “We thank Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer, for her review of the voluminous record and attention during the three-day hearing that resulted in her finding multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy by Deshaun Watson. We appreciate Judge Robinson’s diligence and professionalism throughout this process.”
What’s The NFL’s Next Step?
Robinson’s decision is more like a recommendation and Commissioner Roger Goodell will still have the final say.
In the same message, the league also said, “Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL or the NFLPA on behalf of Watson may appeal the protections within three days. In light of her findings, the league is reviewing Judge Robinson’s imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on the next steps.”
Therefore, it would take a while before the final decision will be made.
Until then, Watson’s fate is in limbo.
This time, it might take the short train.