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Cleveland Browns get to know Deshawn Watson’s future in the NFL very soon.
League sources told ESPN on Saturday that Watson’s hearing before the NFLPA and jointly appointed league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson is due to begin Tuesday, with the NFL pushing for a “long” suspension.
Watson recently agreed to a confidential settlement with 20 of his 24 sexual harassment accusers. He faced a number of allegations of numerous sexual harassment lawsuits with masseurs. He was cleared of felony charges by two Texas grand juries because the lawsuits were filed in the state.
According to the report, one source said a decision could be made in as little as a week. The Browns will open training camp on July 22 for rookies and the veterans on July 26.
If a union or league appeals Robinson’s decision, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee “will issue a written decision which shall constitute the full, final and final resolution of the dispute” under the terms of section 46 of the CBA.
Watson has repeatedly denied allegations that he was the quarterback for the Houston Texans. bomb report The New York Times this month claimed that the Texans played a role in the quarterback’s alleged behavior, including providing him with non-disclosure agreements and space for his massage habit.
Watson told reporters last week that he is still in the process of clearing his name. He again repeated to reporters that he had never “forced” or “attacked” anyone.
“I never forced anyone. I never attacked anyone. I have been saying this since the beginning and will continue to say it,” Watson said. via Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I understand that these allegations are very serious… I am focused on clearing my name.”
Ryan Gaydos of the Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this report.