Cleveland Browns' NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson was charged with harassment by 24 women, receiving 6 weeks off from the Federation. US public opinion was infuriated by a too little severe sentence. The facts date back to 2021.
Watson was accused by 24 women of pushing advances during several massage and therapy sessions, between 2020 and 2021, while playing for the Houston Texans. The quarterback has always denied the accusations by reaching out-of-court settlements with 20 of the 24 women.
NFL has appointed an independent judge, Sue L. Robinson. After hearing the parties, the judge decided that the six-day disqualification was the just punishment. Watson will miss the challenges against the Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Falcons, Chargers and Patriots to return against the Ravens.
NFL will be able to appeal up to a New York State federal court. The player, moving from Houston to Cleveland, signed a contract worth $ 230 million for five years.
The last three seasons of the quarterback
On September 5, 2020, Watson signed a four-year renewal worth $ 160 million with the Texans that made him the second highest paid quarterback in the league behind Patrick Mahomes.
Houston had a particularly busy schedule in the first month of play, losing all first four games. The first victory came in the fifth round against the Jaguars, in which Watson passed 259 yards, 3 touchdowns and suffered 2 interceptions.
In the eleventh round he played one of the best tests of the season passing 344 yards, 2 touchdowns and scoring another on the run in the victory over the Patriots, being awarded as the AFC offensive player of the week. Four days later he passed 4 more touchdowns to finish the sixth straight game with no interceptions in the win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.
His season ended by leading the league with 4,823 past yards, with 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, being called up for his third Pro Bowl. In 2021, Watson was inactive for the entire season due to misunderstandings with management and several allegations of sexual assault.
Although he was never released, suspended or placed on any reserve list, he was banned every week for reasons not related to injury. On March 18, 2022, he switched to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for three picks on the first round of the 2022, 2023 and 2024 Drafts, one pick on the third round of 2023 and one pick on the fifth round of the 2024 Draft.
The Browns also received a pick on the fifth round. of 2024. Watson signed a five-year contract worth $ 230 million. On August 1, Watson was suspended for six games from the league for the events of the last year at the Texans.