NFL on Deshaun Watson: Today’s development has no impact on disciplinary process

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has settled with 20 of the 24 massage therapists who had sued him. It has no affect on his status with the NFL.

While that goes without saying, the league said it anyway.

“Today’s development has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Watson’s potential punishment under the Personal Conduct Policy exists independently of the outcome of the 24 cases. The behavior itself — setting up private massages reportedly with at least 66 women through social media and having some of them become sexual encounters — could justify discipline even if he would have won every single lawsuit.

That said, slashing the pending cases from 24 to four likely prevents paid leave from returning to the NFL’s radar screen. Especially if Watson’s next step is (as it should be) to get the remaining cases settled.

The question then becomes the extent of the suspension the league will propose. PFT reported last week that the NFL Players Association anticipates an “unprecedented” punishment. The Washington Post thereafter reported it will “probably” be a full season.

34 responses to “NFL on Deshaun Watson: Today’s development has no impact on disciplinary process

  1. Nothing less than 1 game for each of the victims is acceptable. Predators don’t suddenly change their ways either, and it wouldn’t surprise me if some other woman down the road sues him

  2. Don’t kid yourself. If you don’t think the shield leaned on him to get these settled, then you haven’t been paying attention to this league for the past several years.

  3. It will never be a full season and I’m sure more than 4-6 games and the NFLPA is ready to sue.

  4. Even if a full season, he still collects 230 million dollars. So, who wouldn’t do what Watson just did for 230 million dollars, or even a small fraction of that?

    Watson should be banned from the NFL.

  5. Should be two seasons; will probably be one! You have to stop pooping on the Shield.

  6. Two year suspension. Previous season should count as time served. On appeal negotiated to a unprecedented 1.5 yr punishment for a non-criminally charged offense. See you week 7 Deshaun.

  7. I hope the remaining women refuse to settle and instead reveal the deranged predator the NFL is protecting.

  8. Sure it doesn’t. Sounds like the NFL gave him a choice to either settle or face a season long suspension. Look for 8 games reduced to 6 after appeal.

  9. buffnaked says:
    June 21, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Two year suspension. Previous season should count as time served. On appeal negotiated to a unprecedented 1.5 yr punishment for a non-criminally charged offense. See you week 7 Deshaun.

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    Time served? He refused to play for the team due to unhappiness with front-office hiring. That was not a punishment.

    This isn’t “an offense”. It’s twenty-four separate, unique offenses. The number of offenses is unprecedented, so the punishment should be, too. Lifetime ban sound about right.

  10. Whether Watson gets a whole season, or just 4-6 gms, it does not matter. Browns have made their bed – they gotta lay in it. Problem is, it is not just the 3 other teams in the AFCN who hate them. It is now 31 teams. Take a gulp of that, Browns fans.

  11. Last season does not count as time served. Watson refused to play another down for the Texans. He took a season off, with pay. He should get at least a year, with no appeals.

  12. Watson still deserves a suspension of 25 games or so. Anything less is a slap on the wrist and indicative of the old boys club continuing their boys will be boys games.

  13. The league needs to drop the hammer here this is unprecedented. 1 game for each of the settlements Watson agrees too. Right now we’re at 20, and where it ends right now nobody knows, but whatever that final number is it should be the exact same number of games he’s suspended for

  14. Whatever discipline the NFL doles out to Watson, I hope that it includes mandatory intensive therapy for as long as he is suspended and beyond. He obviously has a serious problem.

  15. suspend him for a year, reduce it to eight games and start throwing touchdowns in time for a Super Bowl run.

  16. So, I’ve seen it reported that if it is a full season, the contract for the Browns just essentially pauses for a year because Watson isn’t credited with a year of service. Is this true?

    Would the Browns actually welcome that rather than a 10-12 game suspension?

    If he received a full year suspension AND the Browns could find a passable QB for this year, it might work out best for the team in the long run.

  17. Nfl already is in cahoots with Watson and the browns. They have a set time for a suspension setup in the condition he settles these cases by a certain time. Is it any coincidence that 20 of these are magically settled after just last week he said he’s looking forward to clearing his name? It’s all bs. Nfl will say it’s a year, the nflpa will get involved and it will get reduced to 6 games , he loses 300k and this all goes away. Sarcastic slow handclap, justice is served. This league is a joke.

  18. Jameis Winston received a 3 game suspension for 1 accusation, Watson should get the same…my calculations that’s about 72 games or 4 seasons for the 24 accusations. Should be nothing less, it’s only fair.

  19. Doesn’t matter what his punishment is, he will never lead the Browns or any other team to a Super Bowl victory!

  20. Since so many of you are stating what Watson should get as a suspension, why don’t you state your opinions on what Ray Lewis and Big Ben should have gotten and what they actually got?

  21. If the NFL had any guts and morals, Watson would never step foot on a football field again. Period.

  22. Even if a full season, he still collects 230 million dollars. So, who wouldn’t do what Watson just did for 230 million dollars, or even a small fraction of that?

    Watson should be banned from the NFL.

    Normally I think you’re a clown but I am in total agreement with you in this.

  23. Nope, but with these cases behind him it’s going to be much easier for the nfl To sweep this under the rug for him. At the end of the day the nfl will act all high and mighty and give him a year suspension but the nflpa will counter and get that suspension halved. So all of this will only cost that slime 500k in salary. The nfl is a joke.

  24. ralph17mafia says:
    June 21, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Jameis Winston received a 3 game suspension for 1 accusation, Watson should get the same…

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    Except that the NFL has no set standards of punishment for off-field transgressions.
    It’s all arbitrary and at the whims of however Roger is feeling on a particular day.

  25. There is no way on earth that Watson plays a game this year, short of the claims being recanted. He wont be playing this year.

  26. So what was the settlement? $100K for each with settlement terms to be public record like Deshaun wanted originally, or did they get more?

  27. Even though the NFL says these settlements don’t affect disciplinary proceedings, they do. Suppose one or more didn’t settle, went to trial, and Watson lost?

  28. Did we all forget… this is a .500 career QB, with Hopkins & company. Let him play week one in the AFC north and see how bad of a franchise the Browns are.

  29. If Deshaun is not guilty (per him), why is he settling ? Proves beyond a doubt that he is guilty and needs to be suspended atleast for a year for what he did….Browns should start thinking about plan B for QB in 2022.

  30. Srinivas Avatapalli says:

    June 22, 2022 at 3:12 am

    If Deshaun is not guilty (per him), why is he settling ? Proves beyond a doubt that he is guilty and needs to be suspended atleast for a year for what he did….Browns should start thinking about plan B for QB in 2022.

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    He is settling precisely because of your comment.

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