Deshaun Watson learned of his fate – the controversial quarterback was suspended 11 games this season after reaching an agreement with the NFL.
The league has just announced the new punishment for the Cleveland Browns star – saying that in addition to the longer ban, Watson has also accepted a $5million fine. The 26-year-old “will also promptly undergo professional evaluation by behavioral experts and follow his treatment program,” according to the NFL.
Deshaun Watson suspended for six games over sexual misconduct allegations
NFL Commission Roger Goodel addressed the settlement saying, “Deshaun is committed to doing the hard work on himself that is necessary for his return to the NFL.”
“This settlement requires adherence to a professional assessment and treatment plan, a significant fine and a more substantial suspension.”
He added… “We are grateful to Judge Robinson and Peter Harvey for their efforts in addressing these issues, which laid the groundwork for reaching this conclusion.”
Watson – who was acquired by the Browns in the offseason – initially received a six-game suspension from retired judge Sue Robinson, who spent several days investigating allegations against him from 2020-21 .
The NFL did not accept Robinson’s decision and appealed Watson’s 6-game ban …believing there was enough evidence to push for a stricter suspension.
As we previously reported, Goodell ripped Watson to reporters last week… calling Deshaun’s behavior “flagrant” and “predatory”.
“There were multiple violations here, and they were egregious, and it was predatory behavior,” Goodell previously said. “These are things that we have always felt were important for us to address in a responsible way.”
NFL Players Association initially disagreed with NFL appeals judge Robinson‘s decision … but Goodell argued that the league is allowed to do so, thanks to the collective agreement.
“As you know, it’s part of the ABC that two parties had the right. Either party could certainly challenge and appeal, and that was something we felt was our right to do, as well as the NFLPA,” Goodell said.
Former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey was hired to hear the appeal…but after Thursday’s settlement, it’s clear he won’t be needed.
As settlement talks were underway, Watson was allowed onto the court for the Browns’ Week 1 preseason game against the Jaguars … and the QB was greeted by boos from the Jacksonville crowd .
Deshaun will be eligible to return in Week 13 against his former team – the Houston Texans.