The NFLPA is preparing a defense for Deshaun Watson as they’re expecting the league to come down with an ‘unprecedented’ punishment on the Browns quarterback
But since landing in Cleveland, the feeling around Watson is getting more ominous. When the deal was first made, the former Clemson star was facing 22 allegations of sexual misconduct. Now, that number is up to 26.
With the continued rise in cases, it’s now being said that the NFLPA is expecting an “unprecedented” suspension for Watson. Some are even speculating it could be the entire season that he won’t be allowed to play.
Deshaun Watson could appeal the suspension
It sounds as though the NFLPA is ready to fight for Watson — although this doesn’t mean they believe he’s innocent. Instead, it means the player’s association is going to do its job and part of that will include highlighting how soft the league went on Robert Kraft, Daniel Snyder, and Jerry Jones.
None of those owners were facing 26 allegations the way Watson is, but they were all involved in some shady situations and the league practically ignored them all. The NFLPA could use that to Watson’s advantage.
Having said that, it still wouldn’t be an easy sell. Watson might have never been charged with a crime but the continued rise in complaints is intensifying the public pressure for the league to come down hard on one of their biggest superstars.
As for the actual suspension, the league was expected to make a decision in July. Whether these new cases change that timeline likely depends on if the league was blindsided by these new allegations, or if Watson detailed everything during his investigation.