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1-8-2022  

Former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson reportedly told parties in Deshaun Watson's disciplinary hearing that the Cleveland Browns quarterback should be punished for six games for breaching the league's personal-conduct code.

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According to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero, there will be no further penalties.The NFLPA said Sunday it won't appeal Robinson's verdict. Rapoport said it's unknown if the league would appeal. Robinson's ruling can be appealed within three days.Per the 2020 CBA, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee would oversee any appeal to Robinson's judgement. Finalize the ruling.

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"The NFLPA wants to avoid scenarios where the NFL banned players for a lack of proof," Pelissero said on NFL Network. "If Sue L. Robinson concluded the NFL didn't prove a breach, the NFL couldn't appeal. The procedure wouldn't be suspended. She found enough evidence to sustain a six-game punishment."

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If Goodell or his designee increases sanctions, I anticipate the NFLPA to sue in federal court, said Pelissero.Watson's ban followed a three-day hearing this summer in Delaware before NFL and NFLPA-appointed arbitrator Roger Robinson. The hearing ended June 30. Rapoport said Monday that the league provided Robinson with five women's cases.

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Watson reached private agreements with 20 of 24 women who sued him for sexual misconduct during massages. Attorney Tony Buzbee stated Monday that three of Watson's four civil claims were concluded. The league began investigating Watson's accusations in March2021, when the first lawsuits were filed.

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The Houston Texans settled with 30 women on July 15 for allegedly facilitating Watson's massage therapy practises.Robinson's decision compels Watson to have only club-directed massages, according Pelissero.Watson, 26, has denied any misconduct and said any intercourse was consensual. Two Texas grand juries rejected criminal accusations from 10 women against Watson.

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Watson remarked on June 14: "I've never attacked anyone." "I've never harassed. Never insulted others. I've never compelled someone." Watson was traded from the Texans to the Browns in March and received a five-year, $230 million contract. Watson wanted a trade before sexual misconduct charges arose.

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The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has been with the Browns all offseason and camp. Jacoby Brissett will start for Cleveland in Watson's absence. The Browns added QB Josh Rosen on July 22.

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