Deshaun Watson was suspended from Cleveland Brown football team over sexual misconduct. He has been suspended for 6 games.
Even though the suspension time frame has never before imposed on a NFL player, it is below the 17 game seasons and postseasons initially requested by the NFL. The athlete is suspended without pay for 6 games for violating the personal conduct policy for alleged “predatory” demeanor towards massage therapists, according to a judge ruling. The judge was appointed holistically by the NFL players association and the NFL itself.
In a statement, the NFL praised judge Robinson’s decision describing it as ‘diligent and professional’.
Sunday night, Watson and the NFLPA declared they will not proceed to appeal the decision.
The controversial ruling comes after several women who work as massage therapists filed lawsuits against the athlete, claiming sexual assault or misconduct during the therapy sessions. Overall, a total number of 24 women sued Watson. However, ever since, all the cases except one, have been settled. Watson has previously denied the allegations against him.
Nia Smith, stated in a lawsuit filed last week that she had had multiple encounters with the athlete, starting in 2020. She describes Watson’s behavior “[growing] worse during every massage,” according to a civil suit filed Tuesday.
The plaintiff describes a scene where Watson asked her to massage inside his anal cavity, exposing his erect ding dong. Moreover, Smith discloses he touched her in the groin area soft parts, attempted to squeeze her buttcheeks and repeatedly requested coitus in the massage sessions held. Sheesh.
Nia quit her job at the salon , allegedly in response to the completely traumatizing effects Watson has had on her. The athlete ‘vehemently’ denied the allegations, even though Smith repeated the story on social media.
In March this year, grand jury in Texas, Harris County , determined there was insufficient evidence to charge the athlete with a crime. The reported incidents were described as ‘stemming from massage therapy sessions’.
Robinson’s ruling stated sufficient evidence existed to showcase Watson violated 3 aspects of the NFL’s personal conduct policy: conduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another, conduct that puts at risks the integrity of the NFL and sexual assault. In addition, Robinson expressed disbelief in regards to the athlete’s denials.