Disciplinary hearing for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson to begin June 28, reports say
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The disciplinary hearing for Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson is scheduled to begin on June 28, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
The hearing, which will determine if Watson broke the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, is scheduled for one week after the QB settled 20 civil lawsuits filed against him for sexual misconduct.
Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, appointed by the NFL and NFLPA, will listen as the league intends on leveling a “lengthy suspension” against the Browns QB, the report said.
The NFL is pushing for an ‘indefinite’ suspension, angled for nothing shorter than one year, according to a new report from Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal.
An indefinite suspension would also give the NFL the flexibility to keep him out for longer based on a variety of factors, including whether more cases surface, the report said, adding the hearing will use five of the 24 testimonies.
The Browns signed the QB to a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract after the blockbuster trade that brought him from the Houston Texans in March.
Watson is also not facing any criminal charges in connection to the allegations after two grand juries in Harris County, Tx. chose not to indict him.
The Browns QB stated his innocence during his introductory press conference with the team in Berea shortly after being traded.
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy previously said the settlements had no impact on the league’s disciplinary process.
According to previous reports from Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL and NFLPA seek to Watson for a full season.
19 News reached out to Rusty Hardin, Watson’s attorney, for comment.
This story is ongoing and will be updated as new details are released.
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