The 22 civil lawsuits pending against Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will continue to linger throughout the 2022 calendar year, however, none of the cases will go to trial during the 2022 NFL season.
Via Adam Ferrise of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the lawyers handling the cases have agreed that no trials will be scheduled between August 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023.
Aside from a possible suspension from the NFL, Watson’s 2022 campaign will not be interrupted in any way by court dates or appearances.
Watson recently avoided criminal charges over allegations that he assaulted massage therapists. Last week, two of the massage therapists filed amended petitions adding a cause of action for negligence and gross negligence.
A recent ruling by the presiding judge, Rabeea Collier, has ordered him to provide sworn testimony on whether he had sex with any of the 18 therapists who have worked with Watson and have publicly supported him.
If Watson lies, he could be subject to criminal perjury charges. If he admits to having sex, the admission will invite questions as to whether his payments were for therapy or sex.
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