Cleveland Browns’ QB Deshaun Watson will be suspended six games

Browns QB Deshaun Watson suspended six games
(If it is the first six games of the season for Watson, then he will miss the Carolina Panthers game…It says he has been suspended, but it does not specify which games he must sit out.)

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following allegations of sexual misconduct, disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson ruled on Monday. It was reported Sunday night that the players’ union will “stand by” Robinson’s ruling and urged the NFL to do the same.

Deshaun Watson was suspended six games; he was not fined, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 1, 2022
NFL now has three days to decide to appeal Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 1, 2022
Watson is slated to miss Cleveland’s contests against the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots. His projected season debut would be in Week 7 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 23.

Given the structure of his contract and a base salary of $1M for 2022, the six-game suspension will cost Deshaun Watson $333,333 in salary.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 1, 2022
Judge Sue L. Robinson’s decision also says Deshaun Watson must get all his massage therapy from club therapists, per source.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 1, 2022
Judge Sue L. Robinson’s decision says Deshaun Watson’s “pattern of behavior was egregious,” but notes that behavior was “nonviolent sexual conduct” in explaining the decision to suspend him six games, per source.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 1, 2022

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Watson is at the team’s training facility on Monday and expected to practice. On Sunday, it was reported that the NFL was pushing for an indefinite suspension for the former Houston Texans signal-caller.

Watson faces allegations of sexual misconduct, including allegations of assault, stemming from visits with dozens of massage therapists.

He was traded to the Browns in March and signed a five-year, $230 million with his new team. Watson sat out the entire 2021 season after the allegations surfaced.