Deshaun Watson: Cleveland Browns quarterback suspended for six video games, in line with ESPN citing an nameless supply
Retired federal judge and Independent Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson delivered the verdict Monday, ESPN reported.
CNN has reached out to the NFL, NFLPA and the Browns for comment.
Robinson heard Watson’s case in late June and was appointed jointly by the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) under their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Both parties now have three business days to appeal in writing to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to the CBA. Goodell or his designee “will issue a written decision constituting a full, final and complete resolution of the dispute and binding on the player,” according to the CBA.
On Sunday night, the NFLPA and Watson released a joint statement saying they would not appeal regardless of the decision and urging the NFL to do the same.
Watson did not play last season when he was a member of the Houston Texans due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct, including sexual assault and molestation, involving more than two dozen women.
Watson, who was traded to the Browns in March, has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.
In June, Watson settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits filed by women who accused him of misconduct, according to a lawyer for 24 accusers.
In July, 30 women who “have made or were planning to make claims” over the allegations of sexual misconduct against Watson settled their claims, according to a release from plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee and a statement issued in possession of the Houston Texans.