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Deshaun Watson Releases Official Statement To Address NFL's Punishment Decision

Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns

This Thursday morning, the NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement on an official Deshaun Watson punishment. The Cleveland Browns quarterback is being suspended 11 games and will have to pay a $5 million fine that will be made out to charity. 

Deshaun Watson has since released a statement to address the NFL's official punishment decision. In it, he apologizes for the pain he may have caused some during this situation. 

"I'm grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization," said Watson. "I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made. My focus going forward is on working to become the best version of myself on and off the field and supporting my teammates however possible while I'm away from the team. I'm excited about what the future holds for me in Cleveland."

With that being said, Deshaun Watson remains to state his innocence. He's happy to be moving on and focusing back on football. 

“I’ve always been able to stand on my innocence and always said I never assaulted or disrespected anyone but at the same point I have to continue to push forward with my life and career," he told Mike Garafolo.

Watson will make his Cleveland Browns debut in Week 13 against the Houston Texans.