Plenty of rumors have flown around Deshaun Watson’s impending suspension in recent weeks, but the most recent one is breaking from the norm of a projected year-long or indefinite suspension. In response to the dozens of civil suits that have been filed against him involving sexual harassment, Deshaun is expected to be suspended from two to eight games.
According to Pro Football Talk, independent investigator Sue L. Robinson is expected to hand down a punishment between 2-8 games. Watson is facing discipline for 20-plus civil suits involving sexual harassment from massage therapy appointments, although the NFL is focusing on four of the cases.
One of the strongest arguments supporting Watson’s surprisingly short suspension is a rule in the CBA that states that owners will be held to a higher standard than players. While Watson is the focus of the case, the Houston Texans also settled 30 claims against them alleging that they played a role in assisting Watson’s alleged sexual misconduct.
Florio wrote in his report: “At the hearing, the NFLPA focused on owners who either weren’t punished at all or whose punishments require a player like Watson to receive a lesser sanction.” Watson’s camp is reportedly prepared to sue the NFL on these grounds if he is handed a year-long suspension.
2022 will be the first year of Watson’s tenure with the Browns after he signed a massive five-year extension deal worth $230 million back in March. Watson had been traded from the Texans. Judge Sue L. Robinson is expected to make an official decision on Watson’s suspension in the coming weeks.
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