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Deshaun Watson: Cleveland Browns quarterback suspended for six games, per ESPN, citing unnamed source



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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games for violating the National Football League (NFL) personal conduct policy in the context of sexual misconduct allegations against him, according to ESPN citing an unnamed source.

Retired federal judge and independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson issued the ruling on Monday, ESPN reported.

CNN has reached out to the NFL, NFLPA and the Browns for comment.

Robinson heard Watson’s case in late June and was appointed jointly by the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), pursuant to their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Either party can now appeal in writing to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell within three business days, according to the ABC. Goodell or his delegate “will render a written decision which will constitute a complete, final and complete disposition of the dispute and which will be binding on the player”, according to the ABC.

On Sunday night, the NFLPA and Watson released a joint statement, saying they won’t appeal the decision, and they’re asking the NFL to do the same.

Watson did not play last season while a member of the Houston Texans due to investigations into allegations of misconduct including sexual assault and harassment involving more than two dozen women.

Watson, who was traded to the Browns in March, has repeatedly denied the allegations made against him.

In June, Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits filed by women accusing him of misconduct, according to a lawyer for 24 accusers.

In July, 30 women who “made or intended to make claims” against the Houston Texans organization over the sexual misconduct allegations against Watson, settled their claims, according to a statement from the attorney for the Houston Texans. plaintiffs Tony Buzbee and a statement released by the ownership of the Houston Texans.

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