The National Football League is in a very tough spot when it comes to Deshaun Watson and the mounting cases against him.
More women have come forward against the Cleveland Browns quarterback as two lawsuits were filed last week, bringing the total up to 24. Watson is denying everything against him, but the cases continue to come out and the league is very concerned about how many more may surface as the months go on.
According to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the NFL is concerned about the “drip, drip, drip” of more lawsuits being filed, which has many in the league office wanting Watson benched until it is resolved.
“As one source with the dynamics of the situation explained it to PFT on Thursday, the league is very concerned about the drip, drip, drip of more cases being filed.
The new cases, the looming cases, and the possibility for even more cases, coupled with the HBO story and the recent article from Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times, have given more credibility to those in the league office who want Watson to be sidelined until the litigation has completely ended.
It’s unclear how this split will be resolved, and it will be difficult for the league to make a full and final decision regarding potential discipline without knowing how many cases will be filed.”
Tony Buzbee, who is representing the 24 women, said he plans to file two more suits “in due course” and also plans to add the Houston Texans to the suits for allegedly aiding and abetting Watson’s alleged sexual misconduct during appointments with massage therapists.
With the NFL nearing the end of its investigation, the Browns expect to hear something by the end of this month or in early July.
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