Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be eligible to return to play in NFL games as soon as possible, following his suspension for violating the personal conduct policy, a league spokesman said Sunday.
Watson, formerly of the Houston Texans, was suspended without pay for 11 games, fined $5 million and required to undergo counseling in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him. Roughly two dozen women have accused Watson of sexual assault and coercion, which they say occurred in massage therapy sessions during his time with the Texan. Watson denied any wrongdoing.
His reinstatement in early January 2021 comes nearly two years after Watson last played a regular-season game with the Texans. He was traded to the Browns the previous spring and complied with the terms of the agreement established between him and the NFL in August. , league spokesman Brian McCarthy said he hoped to make his scheduled return as planned. Watson will be eligible to play against his former team on December 4 in Houston.
McCarthy confirmed that Watson had resumed practice two weeks earlier on November 14, and that he had been allowed to use the Browns’ team facility in a “limited” capacity starting the previous month.
McCarthy said, “Watson was back at the team facility on a limited basis starting October 10 and was then allowed to practice starting November 14. Today is his final game of his suspension.” “Watson has so far complied with the requirements set forth in the August settlement, which include an assessment by the NFL-[NFL Players Association] Jointly appointed clinical professional and participation in a treatment program designed by behavioral experts, and is expected to continue to do so following his return to the football field.”
At the time Watson was traded from the Texans to the Browns, the quarterback had recently settledBrought by women alleging sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy sessions between 2020 and 2021. texas too with 30 women.
Watson has denied all wrongdoing, butIn a televised interview over the summer publicly “women I’ve influenced”, independent moderator Sue L. Responding to Robinson’s suggestion that the player had failed to show any remorse for his alleged actions.
Watson said in the interview, “Look, I want to say I’m really sorry to all the women that I’ve affected in this situation.” “The decisions I made in my life that got me to this position, I certainly would like to go back, but I want to move on and grow and learn and show that I’m a true person of character and I’m going to keep rising.”
After Watson was traded, he signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million new contract with the Browns.