Deshaun Watson has been waiting for some time to learn his fate. Watson faced NFL disciplinary action for his involvement with nearly 30 women who accused him of sexual harassment and assault. Watson has denied any wrongdoing. After months of speculation, Deshaun finally received his punishment.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Deshaun Watson will serve a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s conduct policy. Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson made the ruling this morning. The 15-page conclusion said there was not enough evidence in the case to justify an indefinite suspension.
The NFL players’ union released a statement on Sunday night. They said they will stand by the ruling. The union urged the NFL to do the same and not seek further action against Deshaun Watson.
Both sides have three days to submit a written appeal. If they do, the final decision will be up to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. It does not appear as though an appeal will be filed.
Deshaun Watson is at the Cleveland Browns’ training camp facility today. Under NFL rules, he should be able to take part in all of the team’s preseason activities. The suspension would take effect with the start of the regular season.
Watson will be able to re-join the Browns during the final three weeks of his suspension. He will not be allowed to be with the team at all during the first half of the punishment. After signing Deshaun to a five-year, $230 million contract, this has to be the best the franchise could have hoped for.