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Recent discussions about the length of suspension to be issued to Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy “broke down,” according to CBS Sports HQ. Josena Anderson.
Anderson reported that the NFL, NFL Players Association and Watson’s advisors were unable to reach an agreement on the number of games to be suspended.
Amid numerous allegations and 24 civil lawsuits accusing Watson of sexual assault or misconduct during massage therapy sessions, he missed the entire 2021 season with the Houston Texans. But the league has yet to issue a final verdict after it launched its own investigation into the allegations.
In May, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell He said The university was “nearing the end” of its investigation. However, the The New York TimesJenny Frentas has reported new allegations against Watson, a story in which the Texans were also implicated.
Per Frentas, Watson testified that he alerted Houston’s director of security, Brent Nakara, after a woman said she “could really expose you” in reference to a Pro Bowler three times after he allegedly touched her and made unwanted sexual movements without her consent during sessions massage.
Watson said Naccara then left a non-disclosure agreement in his wardrobe, which he then began taking with him for massage appointments.
Per Frentas, Watson also said in an affidavit that the team offered him membership in a private club and hotel where several massage therapy appointments were held and the membership was not in his name. A woman who had a massage appointment with Watson at the hotel said the room was under the name of a member of the Texas coaching staff.
The Frentas report prompted many to question whether the NFL investigation would extend or prolong Watson’s sentence.
The Washington PostMark Maske of the league reported on June 17 that the NFL believes Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy and should receive a “significant” suspension. A season-long suspension was cited as a possible outcome.
Mike Jones USA TODAY I also mentioned that one year was the expected time period.
Under the terms of the latest collective bargaining agreement, the NFL cannot unilaterally stop Watson. He is also an independent Disciplinary Officer – former District Court Judge Sue L. Any suspension will also be eligible for appeal by the NFLPA.
“This is the first case to be resolved under the new disciplinary system,” Muske wrote. “Someone on Watson’s side wondered if Goodell might be reluctant to overturn the impartial arbitrator’s disciplinary judgment in the first case.”
Meanwhile, Watson settled the majority of the civil lawsuits against him. Tony Busby, representing the plaintiffs, said Tuesday that 20 of the 24 cases have been settled.