Deshaun Watson’s camp has discussed the possibility of the Browns quarterback accepting an eight-game suspension and a $5 million fine in light of the likelihood that appeals officer Peter Harvey will impose a lengthy suspension on Watson as soon as this Friday.
No official statement has been made by the league regarding Watson’s rumored proposal. As far as the league is concerned, it’s too little, too late.
Now, eight days into an appeal process that, by rule, must be expedited, the NFL has exhausted all options and Harvey has not been reinstated. Harvey may be polishing off a written ruling that will suspend Watson for at least one full season, starting tomorrow. It has become increasingly clear that Harvey will do what Commissioner Roger Goodell wants and drop the hammer on Watson, so Watson’s sudden willingness to make a significant proposal is timely.
After the Commissioner used words like “egregious” and “predatory” to describe Watson two days ago, the league has no choice but to take swift action. The court of public opinion is unlikely to accept a negotiated compromise that would result in Watson missing only two more games than Judge Sue L. Robinson imposed. For this reason, it won’t fly with the league.
Plus, eventually, none of this will even matter to Deshaun Watson. Find out who will replace Deshaun Watson. The point is to send a message to any player who might be accused of wrongdoing in the future that it is preferable to take your reckoning as soon as possible, rather than risk months of negative press and countless hours of work trying to prove something that the player should have just admitted to having done.
It’s also about the NFL using all of the authority it still has thanks to the CBA and the Personal Conduct Policy.
Before the initial lawsuit was filed, Watson could have settled Ashley Solis’ claim for around $75,000. To the contrary, Watson’s camp has been stonewalling attorney Tony Buzbee, which has enraged the latter. When one lawsuit led to another, and another, and another, and another, the company’s public image took a severe beating, and it cost millions to settle the cases and pay the lawyers. The league as a whole was negatively impacted. The constant Watson drama was detrimental to The Shield in a roundabout way. Watson and the league could have avoided all of this trouble if he had just admitted to his wrongdoing instead of keeping on denying and denying.
Watson, on the other hand, has denied any wrongdoing in the strongest possible terms. As a result, Judge Robinson had to rule that Watson had lied to the league’s investigators. After a grand jury decided not to indict Watson in March, one of his representatives gloated to ESPN’s Adam Schefter about how great it was for Watson because “the truth would come out” in a criminal investigation. At a press conference last Thursday, Buzbee called out Schefter for trying to carry Watson’s water after the grand jury decided not to file criminal charges, saying, “this kind of foolishness is exactly why people do not pursue justice.”
Ignoring Buzbee’s occasional cartoonish tactics, he is correct. When prosecutors decided not to vigorously pursue a fight they were likely to lose under the extremely high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, the truth was not revealed. When it comes to the NFL’s version of the truth, Judge Robinson, who was hired by both the league and the union, has spoken. There were 4 instances of sexual assault that did not involve physical force. The definition of “egregious” is the most extreme form of wrongdoing. Abusive conduct.” Pretend that something didn’t happen when it clearly did. Complete and utter lack of guilt.
Deshaun, I regret to inform you that the window of opportunity for an honest assessment has closed. This is just a last-ditch effort to get out of the penalty that the league has every right to impose. And you can bet your bottom dollar that the sum will exceed both eight games and $5 million.
This article, originally published on Pro Football Talk, suggests that the NFL will reject Deshaun Watson’s settlement offer because it is inadequate.
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