Now that Deshaun Watson’s three-day disciplinary hearing has ended, his attorney – and the NFL’s – have less than two weeks to make final written arguments.
In short, both sides will get a chance to summarize their cases about whether the Pro Bowl signal caller should be suspended for his actions.NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted there is no set timeline for when Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association, will make her decision.
Several sources close to the probe have indicated a ruling will be handed down by the start of training camp – the point Watson would be due to join his new team and begin practicing.
Robinson is a veteran federal judge who serves as the sole authority – at this level – to render a decision on whether Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy for his actions with two dozen women who have sued him for sexual misconduct.
But any appeal, regardless of whether it is by the league or Watson’s legal team, would be handled by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office.
NFL camps open in a little more than three weeks, with the Browns camp in Berea, Ohio due to begin July 27.