Deshaun Watson has already missed one year of football, but he wasn’t suspended by the league for allegations against him.
Could he be in line for a similar type of punishment that we just recently saw from Major League Baseball?
That is the chatter that has been told to NFL Insider Josina Anderson on Wednesday regarding the Cleveland Browns quarterback.
“Regarding the future of the situation in Cleveland, the word I keep hearing over & over again is ‘precedent’: “You have to look at every single case that touched those areas in the Personal Conduct Policy on sexual misconduct, that precedent is either the floor, or the minimum.”
“NFL source on Trevor Bauer: “Look at what baseball did. If people don’t think that’s on people’s radar, then. Public opinion matters. You think the NFL wants to be the organization that says sexual misconduct against women means more to one league than the other? Think about it.”
Watson said one woman cried after giving him a massage, according to a transcript of his deposition last week during a pretrial hearing. Watson said he apologized via text message to one of the 22 women who have filed civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault or misconduct.
“Yes, because she was teary-eyed,” Watson said when asked whether he knew why he apologized to the woman. “And I was trying to figure out what was going on. So, I assumed that she was uncomfortable in whatever reason. And we talked about working in the future. And so, I said, ‘We can work in the future. Just let me know.’ And then I sent my apologies as whatever reason she was teary-eyed for.”
The woman, Ashley Solis, did not reply to Watson’s apology. She was the first woman to sue Watson over allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.
Watson is not facing criminal charges after two grand juries declined to press charges, however, the lawsuits are ongoing and the NFL is currently investigating him under the league’s personal conduct policy.
He has denied all accusations of sexual assault or misconduct.
The Browns traded 2022, 2023, and 2024 first-round picks, along with a 2023 third-round pick and fourth-round selections in 2022 and 2024 for Watson despite the allegations. The team also gave him a new, fully guaranteed $230 million contract.