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Some NFL executives want Browns’ Deshaun Watson off the field until civil lawsuits are resolved, per report

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Browns quarterback Deshawn Watson seeks to clear his name alleged sexual assault and misconduct even pending the suspension of the NFL. But some executives in the league’s office want the former Texans star banned from playing until all of his pending civil lawsuits are resolved. according to ProFootballTalk.

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Watson is accused by 24 different women, reportedly soon to be 26, of serial sexual harassment during private massage therapy sessions, which he sought during his career in Texas. Despite the NFL investigating his conduct, he was fully committed to training with the Browns this offseason. Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to put Watson or any player under investigation on the commissioner’s release list, which is essentially paid leave, but he has not yet done so. Goodell had previously suggested that criminal charges could have led to the roster being used, but two different Texas grand juries declined to indict QB this offseason.

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Meanwhile, prior to the recent events in the Watson case, there was disagreement among NFL leaders as to whether a former first-round pick should be allowed on the field at all, according to the PFT:

() The League is very concerned that more cases will be filed, drop by drop, drop by drop. … The new cases, the pending cases and the possibility of more cases combined with (recent media coverage of Watson’s behavior) has given more credibility to those in the league office who want Watson suspended until the lawsuit is over. completely over.

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It’s possible the NFL will announce the suspension of Watson, who doesn’t need to face criminal charges to be considered violating the league’s personal conduct policy, in the next month or so. But it’s also possible that he could work off a pending suspension and return to the field before resolving his civil suits, which is why he expressed concern about his lack of discipline to date. Meanwhile, Watson swore his innocence in every public appearance regarding the allegations against him, even refusing to show any remorse for his actions.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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