On Sunday evening, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and Watson released a joint statement saying they will not appeal regardless of the decision and asking the NFL to do the same.
“In advance of Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this trial,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “First, we have cooperated fully with every NFL investigation and have provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation.
“A former federal judge appointed jointly by the NFLPA and the NFL held a full and fair hearing, read thousands of pages of investigative documents, and impartially considered the arguments of both sides.
“Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legal and will not be tarnished by the whims of the League’s office. That’s why, regardless of her decision, Deshawn and the NFLPA will support her decision. and we encourage the NFL to do the same.”
The NFL declined to comment on the report and the joint statement.
If Watson is suspended, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has confirmed to reporters that Jacoby Brisset will be joining the team. Earlier in July, the Browns traded former NFL starter and first overall pick Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers. Watson was traded to the Browns in March.
Watson did not play last season as a member of the Houston Texans due to investigations into allegations of misconduct, including sexual harassment and harassment, involving more than two dozen women. Watson has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.
In June, Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits filed by women accusing him of misconduct, according to a lawyer for 24 prosecutors.
In July, 30 women who “have filed or intend to file lawsuits” against the Houston Texans over allegations of sexual harassment against the former Watson settled their lawsuits, according to plaintiffs’ lawyer Tony Bazby and a statement. released by the property of the Houston Texans.