Deshan Watson’s hearing before Sue L. Robinson, a jointly appointed disciplinary officer for the NFL and the NFL Players Association, has ended for the day and will continue on Thursday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Wednesday.
Watson has been accused by 25 women of acts ranging from sexual harassment to inappropriate behavior during a massage session.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the NFL is expected to push for a suspension of at least one year.
There is no set timeline for Robinson’s decision after the hearing ends. Once she rules, Watson will have the option of appealing. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can either rule on that appeal or call an independent ruling.
One of the 25 suits was dropped when the judge ruled that the petition had to be amended with the plaintiff’s name. Watson and 20 other plaintiffs agreed to settle the lawsuits last week.
On Monday, one of four active civil lawsuits was amended to name a Houston Texan as a defendant. That day, attorney Tony Buzby, who represented all 25 women at one time, said in a statement that “the overwhelming evidence gathered to show that the Houston Texans enabled Watson’s behavior is incredibly damaging.” “
Two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson earlier this year.
The Texans trade Watson to Brown in March, when the first grand jury announced it would not indict Watson.