quarterback Deshaun Watson, targeted by 24 complaints for “inappropriate sexual behavior”, receives a six-game suspension

The case stirred the world of sport across the Atlantic. A few weeks before the resumption of the American football championship, the National Football League (NFL) announced in a press release (in English)published on Monday August 1, that an independent judge had suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson, one of the stars of the discipline, for six games.

Hired by the NFL on trial to deal with this case, magistrate Sue L. Robinson believes that the Cleveland Browns player, targeted by 24 complaints for “inappropriate sexual behavior”, violated the NFL’s internal regulations. The latter has three days to possibly appeal the decision, specifies the American agency The Associated Press (article in English). The players’ union and Watson have for their part said in a tweet Sunday that they would not contest the sanction.

The case dates back to 2020. While playing with another franchise, the Houston Texans, Deshaun Watson was accused by 24 women, almost all of them therapeutic masseuses, of sexual assault and inappropriate sexual behavior.

Ashley Solis, the first masseuse to publicly reveal her identity, claims the player has it forced to perform a sexual act during a session at home on March 30, 2020.”I have flashes of Watson’s face. I go into a spin as soon as I think back to when his penis touched me“, told the masseuse in front of the cameras of a local Texas channel, April 6, 2021. All complaints filed “relate to the same or similar behavior“Assured the same day Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the suspects.

Deshaun Watson has since the beginning of the case firmly denied these accusations. In a tweet quoted by the New York Times (article in English)who signed one of the largest contracts in NFL history when he arrived in Cleveland ($230 million over five years) assures “never to have treated any woman other than with the utmost respect“. Newly, a survey of the New York daily (article in English)published on July 15, reported that the player would have dated at least 66 different women in the space of 17 months, from fall 2019 to spring 2021.

So far, none of the 24 complaints registered in Harris County District Court in Texas has not been the subject of criminal proceedings against the 26-year-old American footballer. The player has reached a financial agreement with 23 of 24 thoughts, according to The Associated Press (AP).

By receiving a six-game suspension (without pay, underlines AP), the quarterback receives the sanction provided for in the NFL’s code of conduct (PDF in English) in case of “first offense” regarding such facts. If the NFL accepts the decision, Deshaun Watson, 26, will be suspended starting with the regular season opener, which runs from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23.

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