Deshaun Watson’s suspension was quite a drama to witness unfolding recently. After Watson’s multiple allegations of sexual assault, Attorney Sue L. Robinson recommended that Watson be suspended for six games. The NFL appealed the suspension the next day, and the NFLPA was prepared to defend themselves. More dirty laundry is starting to surface from key NFL officials, including one from Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner.
You may recall that Jones had paid $2.4 million to Cowboys cheerleaders a few months back. This was after Jones was charged with voyeurism. Watson’s camp is using the same allegation to argue that Watson should not be punished.
Jones’ reaction to the news was only natural. It was not surprising that Jones, Cowboys owner, compared it to “shootingvolleys”. Here’s Jerry Jones’ reaction to it. (via Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“It is a standard players association comeback,” Jones said. ”That is the drill. That is the drill to go around to say you didn’t punish such and such. Anybody would know that every player case and every case that involves non-players in the NFL are dealing with dramatically different principle facts, which is all the difference in the world.”
According to reports, the NFL wants Watson suspended for at least one year and a heavy monetary fine. The NFLPA countered that Jones’ owners have not been punished for similar incidents. We’ll see how the independent investigator of the league handles this.