Former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson has issued a suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
CLEVELAND – More than four months after trading Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns now know how they will have to wait for the star quarterback to make his debut. On Monday morning, former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson issued her ruling that Watson will be suspended for six games in the 2022 season for violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.
Watson will not be fined as part of his punishment. All massages you receive must now come from the massage therapists on your team.
Robinson was appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) as an independent arbitrator in the case, which was heard in Delaware last month. It is unclear whether the NFL will file an appeal of the case, which will then be heard by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or a designee. On Sunday night, the NFLPA and Watson issued a statement saying they would not appeal the ruling and asked the league not to either.
Both sides have three days to make that appeal.
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Robinson’s ruling comes after several women accused Watson of sexual misconduct, including harassment and assault, during his time with the Houston Texans. In all, 25 women — mostly massage therapists in the Houston area — have filed lawsuits against the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who has already reached settlements on 23 of those 24 civil lawsuits, with a 25th lawsuit being dropped.
Watson has publicly maintained his innocence in the matter.
Although two Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, the NFL conducted its own investigation into the matter, and Robinson ruled that the Clemson product violated the league’s personal conduct policy. As a result, barring an appeal, he will now miss the first six games of the 2022 NFL season and be eligible to return to the field for the Browns’ Week 7 game against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 23.
The allegations against the 26-year-old shortstop first became public in early 2021, weeks after he requested a trade from the Texans. He eventually sat out the entire 2021 season.
But after the first Texas grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges in March, several teams asked about their acquisition of Houston via trade. It was the Browns, however, who convinced the 2017 first-round pick to waive his no-trade clause to come to Cleveland, acquiring him for a package that included three first-round picks before signing him with a record five years and 230 million dollars. contract extension fully guaranteed.
Without Watson in the lineup, veteran free agent Jacoby Brissett is currently expected to start at quarterback for the Browns.
Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson suspended 6 games
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