How the NFL May Go About Suspending Deshaun Watson


Mike Florio: “If the simple question is ‘What does the league do?’, and I don’t mean this to sound like a smart ass response, but the league will do whatever the league wants to do because it has the discretion and it has the ability under the various policies to fashion whichever outcome it thinks is best given these facts. The entire Personal Conduct Policy is driven by PR. 99.9% of all employers don’t have something like this that regulates the private lives of employees. That’s between you and the civil and criminal courts. The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to make this part of the existence of an NFL player because it does affect how all players and teams in the league are viewed. The league has the power to do whatever it wants… There is enough here for the commissioner to be troubled, the question becomes at what point does the league say ‘we have to take action and put you on the Commissioner’s Exempt List'. If it all would get settled right now and they have a mediation tomorrow, and all 19 plaintiffs come out of that room believing they got justice, it’s over, and they’re satisfied, there is still enough there – based on Ben Roethlisberger’s case – for the league to say ‘Deshaun, this requires an intervention’, a word used with Roethlisberger, and ‘we need to take a closer look at this and there needs to be discipline.’ If this ended today there is already enough for the Commissioner to suspend Deshaun Watson… It’s unprecedented. I can’t recall a situation like this that any player has ever had to deal with. It looks like there’s no simple exit for Deshaun Watson at this point.” (Full Segment Above)

Listen to NFL insider and former lawyer Mike Florio join The Rich Eisen Show to discuss the punishment process the NFL will likely have to eventually entail with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, as sexual assault allegations against the NFL star have continued to hemorrhage.

Check out the segment above as Florio tries to give past precedent with players like Tyreek Hill and Ben Roethlisberger when trying to predict what might become of Watson.

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