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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, was found in violation of the NFL’s personal conduct rules and was subject to a six-game suspension with no financial penalty, according to numerous sources.
Sue L. Robinson, a former federal judge who was designated the case’s disciplinary officer, reportedly issued the decision on Monday. According to the lawyer for the ladies, Watson recently settled 23 of the 24 claims in Texas where he was accused of sexual assault.
The NFL has not decided whether or not to appeal the judgment. According to ESPN, the league has three days to make a choice.
On June 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio, Deshaun Watson, a member of the Cleveland Browns, watches while a workout takes place at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Diamond Images/Nick Cammett via Getty Images
The NFL Players Association announced on Sunday that it would not challenge the decision and urged the league to follow suit.
“We wanted to restate the facts of this case before Judge Robinson’s ruling. In the first place, we have fully complied with all NFL inquiries and given the NFL the most complete set of data for any personal conduct policy review, “said the union in a statement.
“A former Federal Judge who was jointly nominated by the NFLPA and the NFL performed a thorough hearing, read thousands of pages of investigative papers, and objectively evaluated the arguments made by both sides. Each and every participant—players, owners, business partners, and other stakeholders—deserves to be certain that our process is legitimate and won’t be tainted by the whims of the League office. Deshaun and the NFLPA will support her decision regardless of her decision, and we urge the NFL to do the same.”
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, drops back to pass on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Berea, Ohio, during practice. Photo by David Dermer for AP
The provisions of the collective bargaining agreement provide that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or a person he designates will decide if either side files an appeal. The union might attempt to appeal the decision in federal court.
The NFL advocated for an indefinite ban of at least one year and a $5 million fine at the hearing in June. Watson was not found guilty of a crime, according to the union, thus he shouldn’t be penalised in any way. Watson was not charged with a crime by two Texas grand juries.
According to the allegations, Watson would expose himself to female massage therapists by kissing or stroking them inappropriately with his penis. One lady said that Watson coerced her into engaging in oral sex.
Watson, who was traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns, has always denied any wrongdoing and made his position known in his first press conference.
As he sat next to head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry, he declared, “I have never assaulted, mistreated, or harassed any woman in my life. “I had a unique upbringing. My DNA isn’t like that. My culture is not like that. I’m not like that as a person.”
The Texans reached a settlement with 30 women in July after being accused of enabling Watson and disregarding complaints. The settlement’s terms were kept private.
Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, observes during training camp on July 28, 2022, at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus in Berea, Ohio. Sports for USA Today, Ken Blaze
Watson missed the 2021 season because he initially asked the Texans to trade him. When he joined the Browns, he agreed to a five-year deal that was completely guaranteed.
He threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2020.
This report was made possible by the Associated Press.
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