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The NFL hopes to close its Deshaun Watson investigation soon. That no longer seems possible.

Two weeks ago, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Deshaun Watson’s league investigation was coming to an end.

A search for sexual assault cases was approaching in its 15th month, the commission conducted interviews with more than half of the women with criminal cases pending on Watson and investigators questioned the Cleveland Browns quarterback for three days, finally. meetings on a note that said the verdict was imminent.

“I think we are approaching the end of the investigation period,” Goodell said May 24.

Since then: A “Real Sports” report with two interviews against Watson, two new cases that brought 24 cases pending for Watson and a New York Times report detailing the quarterback’s actions, as well as cases. against those who could afford it.

That’s it information of information after two weeks, although it is reasonable to assume that the league’s investigators had already uncovered some of the people’s information. But it does bring some good questions, too.

Deshaun Watson filed this week facing two new sexual assault charges, which resulted in 24 women filing lawsuits against the Browns QB. (Photo by Nick Cammett / Diamond Images via Getty Images)

Can Roger Goodell put Deshaun Watson on the commission’s undisclosed list?

If even a small amount of information has been made public in the NFL in the last two weeks, could it close the investigation when it looks like Watson’s legal cases could continue to rise in the coming months? And if the league is unable to substantiate its investigation, should Goodell use the list of nominees for the Commissioner, which is a much larger tool than most did?

For its part, the league has not commented on the investigation, but said it would continue. This has been the party line for the past 15 months.

As for the Commissioner’s undisclosed list, the NFL is not saying anything. This could be considered in two ways: either the league is changing what Goodell said on March 29 – when he said Watson will not go on the undisclosed list – or it means the league is keeping its decisions if things change.

Here is what Goodell said about Watson and the unreleased series in March:

“Civil cases were played last year,” Goodell said. “The only thing that has changed is that the criminal case has been resolved, and this was a very important factor in the list of detainees as discussed by the Players Association.… As a criminal [complaints] It would have continued, which would have resulted in the Commissioner not being pardoned. I think in the meantime, a simple private case would not do this. If there is a violation of human behavior… no doubt [will] initiating some form of punishment in another way. “

In plain English for everyone to understand: Goodell is compiling a list of non-exempt people – which is basically a pay cut – as a tool that could be used only if the season started and Watson was under criminal investigation. He seems to be ignoring, in his own words, civil cases as the ones that trigger a list of illegal people as a necessity. It is well known that he also says “as discussed with the Players Association.”

But this is what the law of the list of non-exemplarians says about the time it can apply:

First, when a player is accused of a criminal offense, it means that he or she is accused of using force or weapon to injure or threaten another person, committing adultery or rape. a person who has not been able to give permission, to do other things that would damage another person’s safety or well-being, or to commit animal cruelty. Legal cases can be as simple as a court case, a lawsuit, or a lawsuit..

Second, if an investigation causes a Commissioner to believe that a player has violated this rule by engaging in any of the above activities, he or she may be able to act in the presence of evidence and evidence. This judgment shall not be presumed to be guilty of any kind or of absolute certainty and shall not be construed as a violation of any law.

Look at the line “you may have violated this Code by doing any of the above.”

Following this and being led by interviews and evidence obtained by the league, Goodell has a list of questions about Watson “should” do:

Has he or she used physical force or weapon to injure or intimidate another person?

Has he or she been “assaulted” by someone who did not give his consent?

Could he or she have done something that could endanger that person’s safety or life?

If investigators find that Watson “could” have violated all of these principles, Goodell is embroiled in a dispute with Watson. And this law confirms this fact with the following statement which is clearly written:

This judgment shall not be presumed to be guilty of any kind or of absolute certainty and shall not be construed as a violation of any law.. ”

Of course, all of this can also be an undeniable fact.

Recent revelations may not be new to the NFL

It is understandable that a multi-billion dollar organization like the NFL has the money and expertise to research that it has already purchased everything and other things that were published in The New York Times on Tuesday. It is also understandable that the same NFL probe could have already found interviews with the defendants who appeared on “Real Sports,” as well as two women who filed 23 and 24 counts. .

If the league already has those things, then Goodell’s ideas about the Commission’s unconfirmed list and Watson’s future remain bright. But because the league knows all about the team and much more from its work.

In that case, then the investigation will reach a final stage and a decision will be made whether Watson violated or not.

If the NFL was caught abruptly in the last two weeks, if there are items in cases or reports with new information, a quick decision on the future of Watson’s NFL will determine the legal future of the quarterback.

The hardest part about the week.

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