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NFLPA hints they expect short suspension for Deshaun Watson


June 14, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) leads a play during minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze – USA TODAY Sports

The NFLPA hinted Sunday night that it expected a small punishment for Deshaun Watson.

Former federal judge Sue Robinson has been named disciplinary officer in the Watson case. Robinson reportedly told both the NFL and the NFLPA that his decision on discipline would come Monday.

Ahead of the scheduled announcement, the NFLPA released a statement. Their statement calls on both sides to accept Robinson’s decision.

“Prior to Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reiterate the facts of this proceeding,” the statement began. “First, we have fully cooperated with each NFL investigation and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation. A former federal judge – jointly appointed by the NFLPA and the NFL – held a full and fair hearing, read thousands of pages of investigative documents and considered the arguments of both parties 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. That’s why, whatever his decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by his decision and we call on the NFL to do the same.

It sounds a lot like a hard, preemptive strike from the NFLPA.

Why would they aggressively come out and tell the NFL to accept Robinson’s penalty if they didn’t have a clue it was going to be very favorable to the Browns quarterback? Both sides have the ability to appeal Robinson’s decision to the commissioner, which is why the NFLPA wants the league to accept discipline.

Pro Football Talk reported on Sunday that there are expectations the suspension will be between 2 and 8 games.