Waiting for a decision on potential quarterback discipline for Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson after accusations of sexual misconduct will continue for another week.
Two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that retired judge Sue L. Robinson did not rule on Friday about Watson’s disciplinary hearing that concluded a month ago. They spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.
Watson has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by 24 Texas massage therapists and has settled 20 civil lawsuits raised against him. Four cases are still pending and the lawyer representing the women said he hopes to bring them to trial sometime next spring.
Two separate Texas juries refused to indict Watson over criminal complaints arising from the allegations.
Watson, who played for four seasons with Houston before moving to Cleveland in March, was training with Brown While Robinson spent weeks trying to determine whether the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback had violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy and whether to enforce discipline.
The league has argued for indefinite suspension At least one year during a three-day hearing in Delaware last month. The NFL Players Association has lobbied not to be penalized, although a person familiar with Watson’s defense told the Associated Press in June that a suspension was expected and the goal was to get Watson to play this season.
Both sides have given briefs after the hearing by July 12 and hope to make a decision before the training camp opens this week. Robinson studies the case carefully and is not subject to a deadline.
If Robinson, who is appointed jointly by the league and players’ union, imposes any penalty, either side can appeal. In that event, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee will issue a “written resolution that constitutes a complete, final and complete resolution of the dispute,” subject to the terms of Section 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Jacobi Brissett will replace Watson in the starting role for Cleveland during the suspension period.
“With Deshaun, I know there is uncertainty as we spoke (Wednesday), but we can only control what we can control,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said on Thursday. “I think that is what he has done very well. A lot of that in football is that there is a lot of volume to what we do now when it comes to football, so there are a lot of meetings, there is a lot of fixing and there is a lot of practice, the details And practice. He really threw himself into it.”
Earlier this month, 30 women who accused the Houston Texans of turning a blind eye to the allegations against Watson settled their legal claims against the team.
Associated Press sports writer Tom Weathers contributed to this report.
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