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Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after the NFL and NFLPA appointed disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson issued their ruling on Monday.
although Brown The quarterback will not be allowed to enter the field for at least the first six games of the regular season, and still has a chance to start during the pre-season.
source said ProFootballTalkMike Florio said this week that Brown plans to cash in on Watson during pre-season. It’s unclear if the team plans to start playing in all three games, but as of now, Watson will likely take the field on Friday, August 12 against the Jaguars in their first pre-season game. If this happens, it will be the first time Watson has played since January 3, 2021.
However, the NFL appealed Robinson’s suspension on Wednesday, and the league is looking for an unspecified suspension of the quarterback. If that’s the case, Watson likely won’t be able to play in pre-season as the suspension will begin immediately.
This week’s ruling comes after the league’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Watson. More than twenty women have detailed graphic accounts of sexual harassment and abuse that occurred during their massage therapy sessions. Accounts range from Watson allegedly refusing to cover his genitals to the quarterback “touching… [a plaintiff] with his penis and trying to force her to have oral sex with him.”
Twenty-five women have filed civil claims against Watson as of March 2021, and only one dropped her case due to privacy concerns on April 21. Watson, then, agreed to settle 20 of 24 civil lawsuits on June 22. Tony Busby, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, announced, The news, saying that the terms and amounts agreed upon are confidential and that they “will not comment further on the settlements or those issues.”
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Watson reportedly settled three of the four remaining civil cases against him prior to Monday’s disciplinary decision.
The quarterback has denied all allegations against him, and a Texas jury dismissed criminal charges earlier this spring.
Shortly after the Harris County grand jury returned nine “no” bills on nine criminal complaints against Watson, Cleveland traded with the former Texas star, signing him to a five-year contract worth a guaranteed $230 million. A clause built into the contract dictates that Watson lose just $55,556 for every game suspended this season.
Additionally, Watson is set to lose six of his game checks in this campaign, which equates to a total of $345,000 of his $1.035 million base salary.
Robinson’s ruling included a mandate that Watson should receive all types of massage therapy from Brown’s therapists.
In Robinson’s 16-page report, she distinguished between what was violent and nonviolent behaviour, coming to conclusion That Watson’s behavior “does not fall into the category of violent behavior requiring a minimum six-game suspension” defined by the League as “by far the most commonly imposed discipline of domestic or gender-based violence and sexual acts”.
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