The verdict is in: Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s conduct policy.
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The ruling, handed down by Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson, could now be appealed by the Tour or the Players Association. However, the union had already indicated that it was not going to contest Robinson’s decision.
Watson allegedly acted inappropriately sexually with 24 women during massage sessions. He has so far settled out of court with 23 of the 24 plaintiffs.
The Browns nevertheless acquired the pivot in March. Acquired from the Houston Texans for five draft picks, including three first-rounders, he quickly signed a five-year, $230 million contract extension.
In his absence, quarterbacks Josh Rosen, Jacoby Brissett and Josh Dobbs will be tasked with leading the Browns offensive unit.
Watson played four NFL seasons with Houston. He completed 67.8% of his passes for 14,539 yards, 104 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. He has been invited to the Pro Bowl three times.