According to league sources, Deshaun Watson’s hearing before both the NFL and NFL Players Association’s jointly appointed disciplinary officer, Sue L. Robinson is set for Tuesday. ESPN reported Saturday that this was confirmed by league sources.
Robinson will be listened to as the NFL hopes to push for a “lengthy”Watson is suspended while the NFLPA defends him. Watson was accused of harassing, assaulting and touching 26 women at massage appointments when he was with Houston Texans. According to one source, the NFL is likely not to base its proposed discipline solely on a fraction or all of the testimony of those women, since it was unable speak with many women who interacted directly with Watson.
Watson was once facing 24 civil lawsuits. He was accused of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct in massage sessions. He has settled 20 of those suits.
Robinson has not been known to rule on cases involving NFL players. However, one source indicated that her decision could be made within a week. Another source suggested that she might wait until training camp. The NFL hopes to have this case resolved before training camp begins in July.
Watson can appeal once Robinson has ruled. Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, could either rule on the appeal or call for an independent ruler.
Robinson, a former member for more than 25 year of Delaware’s district courts, is now considered one of the most influential people for the upcoming 2022 NFL Season. She has been involved in cases involving patent disputes (including the billion-dollar Stent litigation), but also numerous trademark and antitrust matters.
During her tenure she was the first woman chief judge for the District of Delaware. She was also the first person to be elected to the Judicial Conference of the United States.