But the NFL or NFLPA can enchantment Robinson’s verdict. That enchantment can be determined by the league, which is believed to be pushing for a significant suspension. The league and the union entered settlement talks about a Watson punishment earlier this month, however these negotiations broke down. The NFL’s push for a year-long Watson ban is believed to have led to the events shutting down the settlement talks, Albert Breer of SI.com reports.
The NFL has met with a number of of the ladies who’ve accused Watson of sexual misconduct and/or sexual assault, and the league will concentrate on 5 of these circumstances when it makes its case to Robinson, Breer hears. The 5 accusers with probably the most proof to incorporate in a presentation — from texts to social media messages to fee data, and so on. — might be prioritized, Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com notes.
The league has been related to pushing for an indefinite suspension of Watson — one the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton notes can be for a minimum of a 12 months. This would assist give the NFL an avenue to maintain Watson suspended into 2023 based mostly on new civil lawsuits. This would cease the league from having to droop Watson twice, a prospect that was loosely floated earlier this offseason. The league has additionally spoken with ladies who didn’t sue the quarterback, Breer provides.
A civil suit against the Texans surfaced Monday. It got here from one of many 4 ladies who has not settled her personal go well with in opposition to the previous Houston quarterback. The lawsuit in opposition to Watson’s former workforce reopens the door to extra fits in opposition to him.
“It is now known that in many of Watson’s multiple massage interactions, more than massage therapy occurred — indeed, with at least thirty different women, the ‘more’ that occurred included unwanted sexual advances and outright sexual assault by Watson,” the go well with states, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “Each of those thirty-plus women, most of which are complete strangers to one another, experienced strikingly similar conduct from Watson.”
Twenty of the QB’s 24 accusers have settled. More ladies coming ahead with accusations would put the proceedings in a murky place, if Robinson’s determination and/or an enchantment result in Watson not receiving an indefinite suspension.