Time is running out in the NFL when it comes to the possible imposition of disciplinary action on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. And Watson’s camp has an idea of when the process could begin.
“We should know what their position is initially in June, and then everyone will figure out if there’s going to be a hearing on it or if people can work things out, or whatever,” attorney Rusty Hardin said. to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland Plain Dealership Friday. “The only thing that’s certain is that they want to try and do everything this summer – and sooner rather than later in the summer. Beyond that, we don’t really have any dates or possibilities. farms.
Hardin also said he thinks the league will want to speak to Watson again, likely before initiating the disciplinary process.
Hardin told Cabot that Watson was interviewed for three days this week by NFL investigators Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney.
“This idea that [the NFL] didn’t investigate aggressively, that’s totally, totally wrong, as evidenced by the fact that he’s already spent three days with them,’ Hardin said. “They’ve obviously done a lot of research and done a lot of the work themselves and they’re saying they need to do more.”
That’s good, but the time has come to make a decision. The process will take time. According to the new procedure adopted in 2020, the league will propose a sanction. The disciplinary officer, former federal judge Sue L. Robinson, will take over and render a first decision. Then the commissioner would deal with any appeals – unless Judge Robinson concludes that no discipline of any kind should be imposed on Watson. If that happens, the case would end. If a discipline is imposed, the commissioner has the power on appeal to change the discipline to anything he wishes, without further appeal from Watson or the league.
Before this procedure officially ends, it must officially begin. The sooner it officially starts, the sooner it officially ends. The sooner it officially ends, the sooner everyone will know if and how well Watson will play in 2022.