According to reports, Deshaun Watson’s discipline settlement talks fell apart with regard to the length of the suspension. According to CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson, “the NFL and NFL Players Association are discussing a discipline settlement. However, talks “fell apart” regarding the length of a suspension.”
According to The Spun;
Sources told ESPN’s Dan Graziano that “there’s at least a chance” the investigation is almost complete, but the NFL hasn’t offered any timetables.
Some people in the league reportedly “would prefer to wait” for information from the remaining lawsuits before reaching a decision in fear of new details making their ruling seem “insufficient.” Yet others don’t want the situation to drag into the regular season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said the NFL wants a “lengthy suspension” for Watson. In the past, commissioner Roger Goodell held autonomy over disciplinary decisions, but that’s not the case under the new collective bargaining agreement.
Per Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the NFL and NFLPA have chosen former U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson to rule as an impartial arbitrator.
Watson will likely receive a suspension of some sorts before beginning his career with the Cleveland Browns, who gave him a whopping $230 million guaranteed after acquiring the quarterback from the Houston Texans.
Watson has settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits.
Deshaun Watson had to stop the bleeding.
24 women had sued him for massage assault, several others hadn’t sued him but had accused him and several more were considering filing a lawsuit.
He probably had to pay big bucks, but now he only has to deal with four lawsuits instead of 24.
The accusers’ lawyer Tony Buzbee released this exclusive statement to BSO.
“Today I announce that all cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have settled,” plaintiffs attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement. “We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements. Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.”
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