On Sunday night time, the NFL Gamers Affiliation (NFLPA) and Watson launched a joint assertion, saying they won’t attraction, whatever the choice, and so they ask the NFL to do the identical.
“In advance of Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this proceeding,” NFLPA mentioned in an announcement. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL inquiry and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation.
“A former Federal Decide — appointed collectively by the NFLPA and NFL — held a full and honest listening to, has learn hundreds of pages of investigative paperwork and reviewed arguments from each side impartially.
“Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be tarnished based on the whims of the League office. This is why, regardless of her decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by her ruling and we call on the NFL to do the same.”
The NFL declined to remark when requested in regards to the report and the joint assertion.
If Watson is suspended, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed to reporters that Jacoby Brissett will begin for the group. The Browns traded former starter and first total choose within the 2018 NFL Draft Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers earlier in July. Watson was traded to the Browns in March.
Watson didn’t play final season whereas a member of the Houston Texans due to investigations into the allegations of misconduct together with sexual assault and harassment involving greater than two dozen girls. Watson has repeatedly denied the allegations towards him.
In June, Watson settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits introduced by girls accusing him of misconduct, in accordance with an legal professional for twenty-four accusers.
In July, 30 girls who “have made, or intended to make, claims” towards the Houston Texans group over the sexual misconduct allegations towards former Watson, have settled their claims, in accordance with a launch from the claimants’ legal professional Tony Buzbee and an announcement issued by the Houston Texans’ possession.