Report: NFLPA Will Back Watson, NFL Executives Split On Suspension
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the NFLPA will try and protect Cleveland Browns quarterback Watson from possible repercussions, regardless of the specific punishment, as required by the federal responsibility of fair representation.
The NFLPA would back Watson, according to Florio‘s source, in part by making an aggressive argument based on the minimal repercussions imposed on a trio of owners who have reportedly been engaged in off-field trouble.
According to Florio, the team owners that could possibly be brought up seem to be Commanders owner Daniel Snyder, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
That suspension decision for Watson, however, has NFL executives split. According to ProFootballTalk, several league executives want the Browns quarterback to be suspended from the team until all of his ongoing legal litigation is completed.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took an unpaid leave for Watson off of the table in March, but the pressure has certainly turned up on Goodell and other league officials after the Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel interview, and the additional new cases.