Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended six games by the NFL. Watson’s suspension is due to twenty-four massage therapists coming forward to report the quarterback’s sexual misconduct during his time with the Houston Texans.
In an unfortunate moment where DeAndre Hopkins was given a six-game PED suspension and Calvin Ridley will miss the entire season for betting on sports, Watson received a six-game suspension after being found guilty of 25 counts of sexual misconduct by women. sexual misconduct is seen as wrong.
In addition, he will not lose too much money.
Watson is in line to miss games against the Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Falcons, Chargers, and Patriots. The way his contract is structured, Watson will only lose $345,000 in terms of his base salary.
The arbitrator for this case, Sue Robinson, returned with six suspensions. Both the NFL and Watson are allowed to appeal the decision. Watson is unlikely to appeal, but the league could seek more games and is expected to appeal as they sought a 12-game suspension and hefty fines. Commissioner Roger Goodell is the final arbiter.
The Browns traded Watson back in late March. The Texans sent him the 13th and 107th overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft as well as first and third round picks in 2023 and first and fourth round picks in 2024. The Browns went ahead and gave Watson a historic contract with $230 million in guaranteed money.
If no appeal occurs, Watson will return to the Browns in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.