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The NFL announced Saturday that the disciplinary hearing for quarterback Deshaun Watsonwho violated the league’s conduct policies, will start on July 22.
The hearing will decide whether Watson receives disciplinary action after allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. during massage sessions that the quarterback received during his time with the Houston Texans between 2017 and 2020.
Last Tuesday, the lawyer representing 24 of these women, Tony Buzbee, reported that 20 of them had reached an agreement with the now Cleveland Browns quarterback, although the amounts of said agreements, he said, were confidential.
On June 14, the player spoke about the conversations he had with league investigators regarding his situation.
“I met with the NFL and did everything they asked me to do, honestly answering all questions. It’s all I can do to be honest and tell you exactly what happened. They have to make a decision that is best for the league,” Watson said.
The quarterback born in Gainesville, Georgia, he hasn’t played since the 2020 season when he was with the Texans. He had no activity during 2021the year in which he requested to leave Houston before the accusations against him surfaced.
In March of this year, a Harris County judge in Texas dismissed the charges against the passer; from this announcement Deshaun signed a contract with the Cleveland Browns for five years in exchange for 230 million dollars..
Since the first demand was made, in March 2021, the player has denied any wrongdoing and has said any sexual relationships with the women were consensualsomething he reiterated in his first news conference in a Browns uniform.
“It is difficult to have to deal with this; I’m just going to keep fighting to rebuild my name and appearance in the community,” she stressed.
At the conference, Watson also lamented how this case affected those close to him.
“I have regrets in terms of the impact on my family, this organization, my teammates and Browns fans. That is what I regret, the impact that it has caused to so many people, ”he pointed out.
Unofficially, several US media have reported that the NFL will request an indefinite one-year suspension for Watson; If found guilty, he will serve the sentence in the 2022 season.
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