Deshaun Watson is celebrating in the Bahamas, he is on vacation along with his Cleveland Browns teammates. While he is having the time of his life, the NFL is busy in Cleveland investigating the quarterback and speaking to the victims who have alleged that he sexually harassed them. The investigation is nearing its end as the process has been going on for almost an entire year, recently Watson’s attorney spoke on what the current situation is and by when can we expect the league office to reach a conclusion.
There are a lot of parties that are eagerly waiting to see how the league deals with this situation, the Cleveland Browns organization has been putting pressure on the league office as they need to be assured that they will have a starting QB this season. Once they know the availability status of Watson, then the team will also know how to deal with Baker Mayfield. Apart from this, fans also want to know how the deal will punish Watson or if they will give him a free pass.
“The idea that the NFL hasn’t aggressively investigated this is totally false”: Deshaun Watson’s attorney
Deshaun Watson’s attorney spoke about the timeline of when the league will impose some sort of punishment on Watson, the QBs camp has a clear idea of when the process will begin. “We should know what their position is initially sometime in June, and then everybody will figure out if there’s going to be a hearing about it or can people work things out, or whatever.”
Rusty Hardin, Watson’s legal counsel spoke to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Friday, “The only thing that’s certain is that they want to try to get everything done this summer, and earlier than later in the summer. Past that, we don’t really have any firm dates or possibilities.”
In addition to this, he also believes that the NFL will summon Watson once again and talk to him before initiating the disciplinary process. Hardin told that Watson was questioned for three days this week by the league investigators Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney.
Shutting down criticism that the NFL has not addressed this matter seriously, Hardin said, “This idea that (the NFL) hasn’t aggressively investigated this is totally, totally false as evidenced by the fact he’s already spent three days with them, they’ve obviously done a bunch of research and a lot of work themselves and they say they need to do some more.”
It is high time that the process reaches its conclusion. Under the new procedure adopted in 2020, the league will propose a punishment. The Disciplinary Officer, former federal Judge Sue L. Robinson, will then issue an initial decision.
The Commissioner will then handle any appeal unless Judge Robinson finds that there is no discipline of any kind needed. If this happens the case would end but if any discipline is imposed, the league Commissioner will have the power to appeal to change the discipline to anything that he wants, with no further appeals.
Before the official end of the procedure, it has to start. The sooner the better.