According to league sources, Tuesday's hearing before Sue L. Robinson (NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officers) is set to begin.
Robinson will listen, as Watson is expected to be suspended for “lengthy” by the NFL while Watson defends the NFLPA.At one time, quarterback was facing 24 civil lawsuits alleging him of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct during his massage sessions. . He has settled 20 of the suits.
According to one source, the NFL will likely base its proposed discipline only on a small fraction of the testimony of those women, since it was unable speak with some of the Watson-interacted women.
Robinson does not have a track record of ruling in cases involving NFL players. However, one source said that she could make a decision within the week. But it might also take until training camp. The NFL is hoping for clarification on the case before training camp, which begins in late- July.
After Robinson has ruled, each side can appeal to Roger Goodell. He can either rule on the appeal himself or call in an independent judge.
Robinson, who was a member for over 25 years of Delaware's District Court, is now one of the most important people in the 2022 NFL season. Her main focus was on patent disputes, including the multi-billion dollar stent litigation. She also worked on numerous trademark infringement cases and antitrust disputes.
During her tenure she was the first woman Chief Judge of the District of Delaware and was also selected to the Judicial Conference of the United States.