On Monday, the big news in the Deshaun Watson case came from Charles Robinson’s report that the NFL Players Association and Watson are willing to file a federal lawsuit against a full-season suspension if that’s the end result of the internal lawsuit. the NFL. However, the feeling within the Watson camp and the union is that it will not come to that.
As a source who reviewed the material submitted by the parties to Judge Sue L. Robinson last week told PFT on Monday, the final sentence will most likely not be a year. The currently expected range is two to eight games.
Whether the league would appeal such an outcome, and whether Commissioner Roger Goodell or his deputy would impose a dramatically longer ban, remains to be seen.
The case brought by the NFL ultimately focused on four alleged violations; the fifth (based on media reports and not an interview with the prosecutor) is not part of the decision-making process. Judge Robinson, after considering the evidence presented to her and making specific factual findings, will apply the terms of the Personal Conduct Policy to the facts and determine whether and to what extent Watson should be punished.
One of the strongest arguments on behalf of Watson comes from the clear language of the policy: “Ownership and club or league management are traditionally held at a higher level and will be subject to more discipline.”
During the hearing, the NFLPA focused on owners who were either not punished at all or whose penalties require a player like Watson to receive a lesser penalty. Since the hearing, the Texans have settled 30 claims against them specifically for their alleged role in Watson’s alleged sexual misconduct.
So what discipline will be imposed on the team’s safety director? Brent Naccara, given his title, is a member of ‘club management’. He reportedly responded to news of a situation involving Watson by giving Watson an NDA that he could use in the future.
As explained Monday, the league and team have not responded to questions about whether the NFL is investigating the Texans into a situation that resulted in 30 civil settlements. Watson and the NFLPA, if they have not already done so, should consider raising that point with Judge Robinson via an additional letter or letter, as they are not considering (if that is what happens) any competition action against Naccara or the Texans would provide further evidence of a double standard between club management and players.