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Roger Goodell on Deshaun Watson case: the NFL is ‘nearing the end of the investigative period’ and then it will be handled by the disciplinary officer

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5/25/2022 11:47:14 AM
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Though Deshaun Watson was cleared of all criminal charges during a grand jury hearing earlier this year, he still faces more than 20 civil cases of alleged sexual assault and misconduct.

As a result, the newly-signed Cleveland Browns quarterback will likely face punishments from the NFL to start the 2022 season.

After Tuesday's owners meeting in Atlanta, league commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about a timeline for Watson's punishment decision, Matt Audilet of The Spun reports.

“I can’t give you a timeline," he said, per NFL insider Jonathan Jones. "We are nearing the end of the investigative period and then it will handled by our disciplinary officer.”

NFL investigators Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney questioned Watson Monday-Wednesday last week. The investigation is seeking to rule whether or not the 26-year-old QB violated the league's personal conduct policy.

Watson's possible punishment could include suspensions, fines or a combination of both.

Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, says they expect to get an update from the NFL sometime in early June.

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