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Sport NFLPA backs off notion of an injunction that would let Deshaun Watson play in Week One

05:10  09 august  2022
05:10  09 august  2022 Source:   nbcsports.com

Deshaun Watson gets muted reaction at Browns' open practice

  Deshaun Watson gets muted reaction at Browns' open practice BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson sprinted onto the field to a light round of cheers Saturday at the Cleveland Browns' first open practice of training camp. The noticeably muted reaction reflected the uncertainty surrounding Cleveland’s controversial new quarterback. Watson was the focal point as the Browns worked out in front of a near-capacity crowd at their suburban headquarters. He briefly waved while running to the middle of the practice fields, but did not speak with the media.

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Not long ago, some connected to the NFL Players Association were floating the notion that a lawsuit arising from a lengthy suspension imposed by the NFL on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson could potentially result in Watson playing in Week One against the Panthers. Now, the NFLPA seems to have backed away from that argument.

The tide has turned on this as an option,” Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports tweeted on Monday afternoon. “Chances of arguing it successfully now appear extremely low. The first question will be why, if they wanted to be assured of a temporary restraining order, they wouldn’t have gone the extra step and cross-appealed.”

Attention on Watson and the Browns Nothing New in Cleveland

  Attention on Watson and the Browns Nothing New in Cleveland The team has dealt with a lot of unusual circumstances the last decade, but this one is obviously different. BEREA, Ohio—This Day 1 wasn’t unlike a lot of others in this corner of suburban Cleveland.There was the year the Browns had 28-year-old first-round quarterback Brandon Weeden. The year Johnny Manziel arrived. The year Baker Mayfield got here. The year Odell Beckham Jr. came on board. New coach after new coach. Lots of hopes that ended up dashed. And that’s just in the last decade alone.

That’s one of the points we made over the weekend, in picking apart what would be a very flimsy argument. The union failed to appeal Judge Sue L. Robinson’s six-game suspension. The NFL’s appeal applies only to the failure to suspend him longer than six games. The first six games simply aren’t at issue as the case proceeds. Any lawsuit would be relevant to Week Seven, not Week One.

It’s a no brainer. Judge Robinson imposed a six-game suspension. The union didn’t appeal it. That portion of the case is over. Done. Finito. The only remaining question is whether the union can prevent a suspension of longer than six games.

There’s also a question as to the number of games that would prompt a court battle. If Peter Harvey suspends Watson for twelve games, would the union fight it in court?

Deshaun Watson's suspension betrays a misunderstanding of sexual violence

  Deshaun Watson's suspension betrays a misunderstanding of sexual violence On Monday morning, retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson handed down the initial suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The six-game suspension, given the sheer number of women who have claimed that Watson engaged in unwanted sexual advances against them, will make nobody who believes that the NFL doesn’t care about violence against women feel any better about the entire situation. © Syndication: Akron Beacon Journal 18. Cleveland Browns: .495 It is important to note that Robinson’s ruling is not the NFL’s ruling.

What if Harvey suspends Watson for 12 games and fines him $10 million, taking the salary he earned last year while not playing. While some who should know better continue to insist that Watson’s failure to play in 2021 had nothing to do with his off-field situation, the simple truth is that, if he wasn’t dealing with civil cases and/or criminal investigations, he would have played in 2021 — for someone other than the Texans. The Dolphins, for example, were ready to trade for Watson if he settled the 22 lawsuits that were pending against him at the time. But for four holdouts, it would have happened. If there had been no lawsuits or criminal probes, he would have been traded, and he would have played.

So why not fine him the $10 million he made while not playing in 2021? There’s a logic to it, especially if he also will be suspended a dozen games in 2022. It also gives Harvey a chance to create the impression that he’s not doing exactly what the league wants him to do. Even if, ultimately, he is.

NFLPA backs off notion of an injunction that would let Deshaun Watson play in Week One originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

Waiting game: Watson, Browns open camp as NFL ruling looms .
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson's first practice of training camp with the Browns was unusual: indoors, helmetless and brief. He did take snaps with the starters. It's unclear if it will stay that way. Cleveland's controversial quarterback practiced Wednesday as the Browns began preparing for the upcoming season still not knowing if Watson will be suspended by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy. Watson has been accused by two dozen massage therapists in Texas of sexual misconduct, and the three-time Pro Bowler faces possible punishment from league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, who has been weighing his case for weeks.

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