Browns’ QB Deshaun Watson facing ‘significant’ suspension
As the NFL winds down its investigation of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, the league is reportedly going to argue that the quarterback should receive a “significant” suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, per The Washington Post.
A source close to the Watson’s side said that the NFL “probably” will go with a one-season suspension, per The Post. However, a different source close to the NFL’s side of the case said to be “careful” about a specific suspension length, but that the punishment will be “significant.”
These terms are similar to Thursday’s report from ProFootballTalk on the NFLPA‘s expectation that the league will recommend an “unprecedented” punishment.
Watson currently faces 24 active civil lawsuits filed by massage therapists, each detailing graphic accounts of sexual harassment and sexual assault that occurred during massage therapy sessions. The 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 perform oral sex on him.”
Watson continues to deny the allegations, even just this week during his Tuesday press conference at Browns minicamp.