On Friday, the NFL didn’t shut the door on the potential for additional self-discipline of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, following the submitting of a brand new lawsuit on Thursday. If, nevertheless, the NFL tries to impose additional punishment on Watson for something occurring earlier than the date on which the league and Watson agreed to resolve the matter with an 11-game suspension and a $5 million fantastic, a authorized battle turns into possible, if not particular.
As a supply accustomed to the pondering of Watson’s authorized crew defined it to PFT, Watson can’t be disciplined for any conduct that occurred earlier than the settlement settlement was reached between Watson and the NFL. New self-discipline could be attainable provided that the conduct in query occurred after the settlement, or if it entails habits totally different from the misconduct for which he has been disciplined.
The brand new lawsuit makes the identical allegations Watson already has confronted, and the incident allegedly occurred in December 2020.
The league has no particularly stated that it will attempt to self-discipline Watson for related conduct that occurred earlier than the execution of the August 2022 settlement. Nevertheless, nothing would forestall additional self-discipline of Watson for various conduct, or for something occurring after he and the league agreed to resolve the prior proceedings with the suspension and fantastic.