Day two of Deshaun Watson‘s hearing before the NFL and NFL Players Association’s jointly appointed disciplinary officer, Sue L. Robinson, has ended for the day and will continue Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Watson has been accused by 25 women of actions ranging from sexual assault to inappropriate behavior during massage sessions.
The NFL is expected to push for a suspension of at least a year, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
There is no set timeline for Robinson’s decision once the hearing ends. Once she rules, Watson will have the option to appeal. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could either rule on that appeal or call on an independent ruler.
One of the 25 lawsuits was dropped after the judge ruled the petition had to be amended with the plaintiff’s name. Watson and 20 of the other plaintiffs agreed to settle the lawsuits last week.
On Monday, one of the four active civil lawsuits was amended to name the Houston Texans as a defendant. That day, attorney Tony Buzbee, who at one time represented all 25 women, said in a statement that “the overwhelming evidence collected indicating that the Houston Texans enabled Watson’s behavior is incredibly damning.”
Two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson earlier this year.
The Texans traded Watson to the Browns in March after the first grand jury announced it would not indict Watson.
Source : ESPN