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In settlement talks with Deshaun Watson, NFL insisted on at least one-year suspension

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On Tuesday, the hearing regarding the potential discipline of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will begin. It could still, in theory, be settled before the start of the procedure.

For that to happen, the NFL would have to drastically change its current stance.

Andrew Beaton of the wall street journalwho reported last night that the league would seek an indefinite suspension of at least a year, says the NFL will not accept a firm suspension less than a seasonat least.

That could change once both sides begin presenting evidence and arguments and, more importantly, when Judge Sue L. Robinson begins making remarks and/or rulings that may reveal her views on the affair. Probably the biggest wrinkle will be whether and to what extent it allows Watson and the NFL Players Association to pursue the idea that any player’s discipline should be commensurate with the discipline imposed on owners who have potentially violated the policy. of personal conduct.

If she orders the NFL to turn over all evidence regarding the COs’ investigation and owner Daniel Snyder’s punishment to the NFLPA, it could put pressure on the league. If she orders the NFL to produce evidence regarding whether to investigate or discipline Patriots owner Robert Kraft in connection with his arrest by solicitation (charges have been dropped), it could put pressure on the league. If she orders the NFL to provide information regarding the failed investigation into the Cowboys voyeurism scandal, it could put pressure on the league. Simply put, the league could make a deal with Watson to avoid having to release information it would prefer to keep secret regarding Snyder, Kraft and Jones.

If Judge Robinson cuts that defense, benefit the NFL. He can, at this time, dig his heels in. Especially since the NFL holds the ultimate trump card. If any discipline is imposed by Judge Robinson, the league can appeal the case. Commissioner Roger Goodell or his chosen representative has full jurisdiction over the appeal.

So whatever Judge Robinson does, the end result could still be exactly what the NFL is currently proposing. The only way for Watson to avoid this outcome is for Judge Robinson to impose no discipline.

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