CLEVELAND, Ohio — Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing in front of neutral officer Sue L. Robinson has adjourned on Wednesday and will resume Thursday for a third straight day, a source told cleveland.com.
The NFL is still insisting on an indefinite suspension for at least a year, a source said, and the NFL Players Association is arguing for a much shorter ban.
The hearing is in Delaware, and Watson is present for the duration.
If it wraps up Thursday, Robinson can either request briefs from both sides, or the two sides can agree to file them. If permitted, the briefs must be limited to five pages and must be filed no later than three days following the conclusion of the hearing.
A source told cleveland.com that a report by Rob Maaddi that the NFL would be more likely to abide by Robinson’s decision if it were a six- to eight-game suspension is untrue. As of Wednesday afternoon, the NFL was still insisting on an indefinite suspension for a minimum of a year.
“I’m also told the NFL, despite insisting on indefinite suspension, wants to avoid the appeals process — source said “a terrible situation for everyone involved” — so league is more likely to abide by Sue Robinson’s ruling IF she came back with 6-8 games,’’ Maaddi tweeted Tuesday evening.
If Robinson imposes the year-long ban, Watson’s camp will appeal. But if Robinson opts for six to eight games, the union might accept it and not risk NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell increasing it on appeal.
The Browns and Watson’s camp hope to have the matter resolved by the time training camp opens July 27. The punishment will also likely include conditions such as counseling.
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