NFL insider denies NFL would accept smaller suspension for Deshaun Watson
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The NFL would likely not accept a 6-8 game suspension for Deshaun Watson, Mary Kay Cabot reports. On Tuesday, Watson's NFL disciplinary hearing started as he will likely soon learn his fate. On Wednesday, it was reported by Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press that the NFL would accept a 6-8 game suspension.
Cabot refuted that report. "It's not true that the NFL would likely accept a 6-8 game suspension for Deshaun Watson if that's what Sue L. Robinson, league source tells Cleveland.com," Kay Cabot reported.
On Wednesday, Maaddi reported the NFL would likely accept a 6-8 game suspension for Watson because they would prefer to avoid the appeals process.
It's not true that the #NFL would likely accept a 6-8 game suspension for Deshaun Watson if that's what Sue L.
Robinson, league source tells https://t.co/o11vJSOExu https://t.co/cdQa5EMHWt — Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 29, 2022
“I’m also told the NFL, despite insisting on indefinite suspension, wants to avoid the appeals process – source said “a terrible situation for everyone involved” – so league is more likely to abide by Sue Robinson’s ruling IF she came back with 6-8 games,” Maaddi tweeted.
"I'm also told the NFL, despite insisting on indefinite suspension, wants to avoid the appeals process - source said 'a terrible situation for everyone involved' - so league is more likely to abide by Sue Robinson's ruling IF she came back with 6-8 games."
Watson on his regrets, a potential suspension
In his last press conference, Watson admitted that he regrets putting his team and his loved ones in a difficult situation.
"I do understand that I do have regrets as far as the impact that [it's had] on the community and people outside of just myself," Watson said. "And that includes my family. That includes this organization. That includes my teammates in this locker room that have to answer to these questions.
That includes the fan base of the Cleveland Browns. That includes males, females, everyone across the, the world. That's one thing I do regret is the impact that it's triggered on so many people. It's tough to have to deal with." When asked about potentially receiving a suspension, Watson claimed he has been nothing but cooperative so far.
"I can't control that. I did everything they asked me to do. I answered every question truthfully that the NFL asked me," Watson said. "I spent hours with the people they brought down. That's all I can do, is be honest and tell them exactly what happened.
They have a job, and so I have to respect that. And that's what we want to do is cooperate. They have to make a decision that's best for the league."