OT: Watson Will Not Face Criminal Charges

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I understand the leagues “conduct” policy, and the league isn’t the only with such a policy. Many professions have a similar policy. With that said, I have much difficulty understanding what is within the purview of the organization and what is not. IMO it’s a slippery slope. The criminal legal system refused to pickup charges on DW, however the civil actions remain in play (I know that’s shocking; almost as shocking as the quarter billion he became worth over night). I know the allegations are substantial, but that shouldn’t be confused with substantiated. I don’t believe the league should take any further action against him. I think if anything slap him with an 8 game suspension and considered it time served from last year. I am not a DW fan per se, but I am a fan of justice and equality as defined by our constitution. Our legal system isn’t perfect, and this imperfection is equally shared by the defense and prosecutorial bodies IMO. I would rather free 10 guilty men than imprison 1 that was not guilty. It is so easy to make ish up. Conventional wisdom says where there is smoke there is fire, but my experience in life has shown me it’s actually not very hard to create fake smoke in the absence of real fire. The rules and burden of proof are there for a reason. Perfect, no. But is it the best system on the planet? I tend to answer yes to that question.

They haven't done anything yet but all these insider reports have been saying for awhile now they expect he very likely will get suspended.

There's a big difference between enough evidence to convince the NFL he violated their conduct policy, and enough to warrant a trial.

when I saw this thread had been bumped I actually assumed the NFL had announced suspension or no suspension wasn't expecting it to be about something else because I'd been reading the decision would probably come down this week.
 

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Yeah but remember he wanted out of there before all these allegations came out. At a certain point he probably figured there was no going back.

And it's still not only possible but apparently somewhat likely the NFL will suspend him. They are supposed to meet with him this week so only 2 days left to see if anything happens this week.
I don't think they suspend him. He was already out the entire year, right?
 

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I don't think they suspend him. He was already out the entire year, right?

Right but the NFL has already said that won't have any bearing on if they suspend him or not. Technically he was sitting out because he wanted a trade.

he got paid last year, more than 10 million. Houston apparently had him on the inactive list every week so he got paid. So the NFL might consider that in suspending him this year who knows.
 

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Right but the NFL has already said that won't have any bearing on if they suspend him or not. Technically he was sitting out because he wanted a trade.

he got paid last year, more than 10 million. Houston apparently had him on the inactive list every week so he got paid. So the NFL might consider that in suspending him this year who knows.
I don't think he gets suspended. If he does, it won't be more than a game or two max.
 

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I think it will be 4-6 game type of thing. I never trust the NFL to do the right thing but I just think it will be something. Similar to what happened with Big Ben
 

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I don't think he gets suspended. If he does, it won't be more than a game or two max.
He's gonna get 8 games, IMO. Like Russ already mentioned, he was on the active roster all year, getting paid and then just inactive on game day. This was because the NFL refused to say if they would be placing him on Commissioner's Exempt List, based on lawsuits. That also contributed to him not being traded right away...Any team trading for him couldn't get an answer on that from the NFL.
 

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He's gonna get 8 games, IMO. Like Russ already mentioned, he was on the active roster all year, getting paid and then just inactive on game day. This was because the NFL refused to say if they would be placing him on Commissioner's Exempt List, based on lawsuits. That also contributed to him not being traded right away...Any team trading for him couldn't get an answer on that from the NFL.
The crazy part is the statement the NFL makes with only an eight game suspension.

Trevor Bauer's suspension even felt like a slap on the wrist.
 

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Deshaun Watson accuser: Cleveland Browns contract was a 'big screw you'

Two of Deshaun Watson’s accusers had a similar reaction when they learned of his record $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.

“It’s just like a big screw you,” Ashley Solis said on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel airing Tuesday night. “That's what it feels like. That we don't care. He can run and throw, and that's what we care about.”

Another accuser, Kyla Hayes, said, “It was sick to me.”
 

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What would be ironic is if Baker plays lights out, gets traded to...let's say the Packers and has a good career.


...and Watson doesn't pan out.
I would hope so but some people should go to jail without having a chance to prove it, instead 230 mil
 

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Deshaun Watson accuser: Cleveland Browns contract was a 'big screw you'

Two of Deshaun Watson’s accusers had a similar reaction when they learned of his record $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.

“It’s just like a big screw you,” Ashley Solis said on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel airing Tuesday night. “That's what it feels like. That we don't care. He can run and throw, and that's what we care about.”

Another accuser, Kyla Hayes, said, “It was sick to me.”
They aren't wrong.
 

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