It’s, already, unbelievably, soccer season.
The Corridor of Fame Sport, contested this yr between the Jaguars and Raiders, kicks off Thursday evening to open the preseason and start our nation’s annual obsession. And it couldn’t come at a greater time for the league. In any case, what higher distraction is there from the NFL than NFL soccer?
As issues stand headed into Thursday, the league has no fewer than three ongoing, high-profile scandals, two of which implicate homeowners. And that could be a beneficiant depend. The league that introduced us Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Bountygate is again with Deshaun Watson, Daniel Snyder and Stephen Ross — and all with developments over the past week.
Watson, in an embarrassing flip for the league, was suspended simply six video games with out a high-quality by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a retired federal decide, following a 15-month investigation relating to allegations of sexual misconduct by greater than two dozen ladies. Although the Browns quarterback has repeatedly denied the allegations, he was the topic of 24 civil lawsuits alleging various levels of misconduct throughout therapeutic massage appointments, together with two by which the ladies mentioned Watson sexually assaulted them. Twenty-three of these lawsuits had been settled; two Texas grand juries declined to cost Watson criminally.