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NFL says today's settlements have no impact on disciplinary process for Deshaun Watson

6/21/2022 8:07:03 PM
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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson took a huge step in resolving his legal issues on Tuesday when he settled 20 of his 24 civil suits by massage therapists alleging sexual misconduct during appointments, but the NFL says it will have no bearing on the decision on Watson’s possible suspension under the Personal Conduct Policy, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

“Today’s development has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process,’' NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday in a statement.

At an NFL meeting May 24, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was nearing the end of its investigation into the matter, but had no timetable for a decision. Once the NFL wraps up its review, it will be turned over to former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said he believed the NFL would hand down its decision in June or July, and that it would come before the start of training camp July 27.

The NFL Players Association is bracing itself for “unprecedented” discipline for Watson and is prepared to fight it vigorously, a league source confirmed for The NFLPA plans to argue that league owners Robert Kraft of New England, Daniel Snyder of Washington and Jerry Jones of Dallas were all dealt with a light hand under the Personal Conduct Policy.

Tony Buzbee, attorney for all 24 plaintiffs, announced Tuesday that 20 of the 24 cases have been settled.

“Today I announce that all cases against Deshaun Watson, with the exception of four, have settled,’' Buzbee wrote in a statement provided to “We are working through the paperwork related to those settlements. Once we have done so, those particular cases will be dismissed. The terms and amounts of the settlements are confidential. We won’t comment further on the settlements or those cases.

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