Deshaun Watson banned for six NFL games after 24 allegations of sexual misconduct

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for six games after being accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments.

The punishment was handed out by the game’s disciplinary officer, former federal judge Sue L Robinson, who said Watson’s behavior was “more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL”.

But the ban fell well short of what the NFL reportedly asked for: an open-ended suspension of at least a year for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Watson, who played for four seasons with the Houston Texans before being traded to Cleveland in March, recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by women alleging sexual harassment and assault during the treatments in 2020 and 2021.

The NFL has three days to appeal the decision.

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