An official punishment for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been decided. Disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson has suspended Watson for the first six games of the 2022 season.
In addition, the Browns quarterback is only permitted to receive massage therapy from team therapists.
Roger Goodell and the NFL have three days to appeal, but it's unclear if they will.
"#Browns QB Deshaun Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season by jointly appointed disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, per sources. The NFL has three days to file an appeal, which would be heard by Roger Goodell or his designee," says NFL insider Tom Pelissero.
A total of 25 women have filed civil lawsuits against Deshaun Watson alleging sexual assault and misconduct during massage sessions. Most of the lawsuits - which allege the incidents took place between March 2020 and March 2021 - have been settled.
Watson and the Browns have been waiting for some time now regarding an official decision regarding his punishment and here we are.
It's worth noting Calvin Ridley was banned for a year for sports betting. DeAndre Hopkins received six games for PED violations.
Watson was once facing over 24 sexual misconduct lawsuits and is now getting a six-game suspension.
The NFLPA has already announced it won't appeal the decision and is urging the NFL to do the same. Knowing the League's history, it's unlikely Goodell and Co. get involved.
If the suspension is upheld at six games, Deshaun Watson will be eligible to return to action in Week 7 vs. the Baltimore Ravens.
Jacoby Brissett, meanwhile, is expected to start in Watson's place for the time being. It's also plausible the Browns look again at the quarterback option for a more proven option, potentially eying someone like Jimmy Garoppolo.