Sources say the verdict in Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson disciplinary case is expected on Monday

Sources confirmed to ESPN that NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson is expected to issue a decision Monday on whether Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

Prior to Robinson’s decision, the NFL Players Association released a statement Sunday night saying that the union and Watson “will abide by its rule” and called on the NFL “to do the same.”

“Before Judge Robinson’s decision, we wanted to reconfirm the facts of this action,” the NFLPA statement read. “First, we have fully cooperated with every NFL inquiry and provided the NFL with the most comprehensive set of information for any personal conduct policy investigation. A former federal judge — appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFL — has held A full and fair hearing, he read thousands of pages of investigation documents and reviewed arguments from both sides with impartiality.

“Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be distorted at the whims of the league office. For this reason, regardless of its decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will abide by its judgment and call on the NFL to do the same.”

Watson is accused of sexual assault and indecent behavior during massage sessions in civil lawsuits brought by 25 women. The encounters mentioned in the lawsuits took place between March 2020 and March 2021, while Watson was a member of the Houston Texans. One of the 25 cases was dropped after a judge ruled in April 2021 that the plaintiffs must amend their petitions to reveal their names. In June, Watson settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits he was facing; The other four are still active and are on their way to trial next year.

Last month, Texas reached settlements with 30 women who have made allegations or were willing to file lawsuits against the organization for its alleged role in the allegations against Watson.

Robinson heard arguments from the association and union attorneys and Watson during a three-day hearing held in her home state of Delaware in late June. The NFL pushed for at least a year’s suspension, while NFL attorney Watson argued that the quarterback should not be suspended at all. The two sides discussed a possible settlement all the way through the hearing, but were unable to agree on a deal.

Although two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson earlier this year, the NFL is investigating whether he violated the personal conduct policy since last year. The NFL interviewed Watson over several days earlier this summer. The association’s investigators also spoke to several of the women.

Watson has consistently denied wrongdoing and said he has no regrets about any of his actions during the massages. Watson also said he cooperated with the NFL investigation and “honestly answered every question” asked by league investigators.

The Browns traded for Watson in March, sending three first-round picks to Texas. Then Cleveland gave Watson a new five-year contract worth $230 million fully guaranteed, the richest deal in NFL history for any player.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said last week that Jacoby Brissett would become the Cleveland starting player if Watson was suspended. Brown was suspended on Sunday from his training camp but is due to resume training on Monday.

CBS Sports first reported that Robinson’s decision is expected on Monday.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.

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