Topline

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended by the National Football League for six games Monday, but not fined, over that he has sexually harassed more than 24 massage therapists over several years.

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Sue Robinson, who was appointed by the NFL and the NFL Players Association found Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy by allegedly sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage sessions between March 2020 and March 2021, ESPN first reported, sitting an anonymous source.

Watson, who settled 20 of the 24 lawsuits brought against him from women accusing the former Houston Texans quarterback of sexual harassment and assault, agreed to settle three of the remaining lawsuits.

In a statement released Sunday, the NFL Players Association urged the NFL to accept the ruling, and that the process should “not be tarnished based on the whims of the league office.”

Watson, 26, is the 21st highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes estimates, making $55.6 million last year, and he will make $230 in guaranteed money from the Cleveland Browns, which signed him to a five-year deal in March.

What We Don't Know

Whether Watson or the Cleveland Browns will appeal the suspension, or if the NFL will push for a weightier punishment. ESPN reported in May that the NFL could be pushing for a lengthy suspension.

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