Plenty has happened within the Deshaun Watson cases over the past week. So we asked the league office for an update given the filing of two latest lawsuits and the controversial radio comments made last week by attorney Rusty Hardin.
“No update,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “We’ll decline comment because the matter stays under review.”
The questions posed to the league included whether paid leave was back on the table, given recent developments.
Thus, it stays completely unknown what the NFL will do. It’s entirely possible that the events of the past week will make things worse, not higher, for Watson.
With your complete Personal Conduct Policy a P.R. tool masquerading as an in-house criminal justice system, the impact of two fresh lawsuits (after greater than a 12 months of no latest litigation) and Hardin’s widely criticized effort to downplay the habit of receiving and/or pursuing “joyful endings” at massages can’t be ignored. The league likes to attend so long as possible to make some of these decisions, and it’s possible that the past week has helped move the needle toward a more stringent punishment for Watson.
The clock keeps ticking for the league. With a latest, three-step procedure for imposing discipline on a player, time will likely be needed to finalize the method. Hardin has said that Watson’s camp expects to listen to something in June. As of tomorrow, the primary week of June will likely be over.
Inevitably, Watson’s case will likely be. At this point, nothing could be ruled out. In our view, in some unspecified time in the future the voices within the league office arguing for Watson to not be permitted to play until all civil cases are resolved will likely be standing on stronger footing. There’s a probability that, as a result of the past week, they now are.