According to Charles Robinson, Browns QB Deshaun Watson plans to file a lawsuit against the NFL if he is suspended for the full 2022 season.
The NFL as well as Watson with his camp and the NFL Player’s Association are waiting for the league arbitrator, retired judge Sue Robinson, to hand down her decision on a suspension. Charles Robinson says that could come in the next couple of weeks, either before or right at the start of training camp for the Browns.
Watson’s camp has already decided it will pursue action in federal court against the NFL, per Charles Robinson, if Sue Robinson decides Watson should be suspended for a year or if the league appeals her decision and increases Watson’s suspension to that level.
Under the new CBA, as long as Judge Robinson suspends Watson for any amount of time, the NFL and Goodell can modify the suspension.
Watson has settled 20 of the 24 cases against him for varying degrees of sexual misconduct against him. Just last week, the Houston Texans also settled lawsuits from 30 women claiming they enabled objectionable behavior from Watson during massage appointments.
In 2020, Watson appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 444 yards and three touchdowns.