Deshaun Watson is scheduled to testify in more depositions Friday in Houston. His legal issues are sure to have him punished by the league at some point, with many pointing to a lengthy suspension happening before the 2022 season.
However, there is chatter that he might not feel a suspension until next season.
Watson is being sued by 22 women who accused him of sexual misconduct during massage sessions in early 2020 to March 2021. Last year, he did not suit up for a single game due to ongoing criminal investigations and him demanded a trade from the Texans.
Tony Grossi, a Cleveland Browns analyst for TheLandOnDemand.com and 850 ESPN Cleveland, answered some fan mail regarding the team and he had an interesting thought about Watson.
“Do you see a [Deshaun] Watson suspension in 2022?” – Gordon, Fort Myers, FL
“Originally, I thought a suspension was unavoidable. Now there is a possibility a suspension could be delayed until 2023 until the 22 civil cases against Watson are tried or settled.”
Watson has testified in depositions for seven of the 22 plaintiffs, with 15 to go. Watson has denied wrongdoing after the lawsuits started in March 2021.
His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said the women are lying, out for money and that there were “sometimes consensual encounters.” Two grand juries considered 10 police complaints against Watson with similar allegations but declined to indict him on criminal charges.
The first announcement led the Browns to be aggressive in trading and ultimately securing him. Watson was signed by the Browns on March 18, a deal worth $230 million over five years.
Both sides had previously agreed not to hold a trial between Aug. 1 and March 1, 2023, so it does not conflict with the NFL schedule.
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