Editor‘s note: This story contains accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or https://www.rainn.org.
As the NFL continues to investigate Browns Quarterback Deshaun Watson amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, the league insists that his availability for games in 2022 was not a factor in Cleveland’s schedule for next season.
NFL VP of Broadcast Planning Mike North Adam Schein of SiriusXM “Mad Dog Sports Radio” to elaborate.
“The honest answer to your question [about scheduling around Watson’s availability] is no. None of us know. None of us know if he’s going to be here all year, if he’s not going to be here at all. None of us know what’s going to happen, and it might not even happen this year, Adam, “North said.
“You know, we could have a year or two away from finally settling on these things. The answer to your question is no. “
When pressed further on the topic, North acknowledged that the only element taken into consideration when it came to Watson was his return to Houston to the Texans would take place on the schedule.
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“Other than maybe really thinking about where the actual Cleveland at Houston game fell, there really wasn’t a whole lot of attention paid [regarding Watson]”North said.
Watson is facing 22 active civil lawsuits regarding sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy sessions. The lawsuits describe accounts that range from Watson’s refusal to cover his genitals to “touching.” [a plaintiff] With his penis and trying to force him to perform oral sex on him. ”
There are no trial dates currently set for any of the 22 active civil cases.
The 26-year-old was recently traded to Cleveland and signed a five-year, $ 230 million fully guaranteed deal – a record-setting contract that became the largest guaranteed contract in league history.
The quarterback has faced multiple criminal complaints; However, he is not facing the following two separate grand jury hearings. According to Jenny Vrentas of The New York Times, The criminal complaints he has faced related similar descriptions, including Watson’s ejaculating at massage therapists and other forms of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.
On March 11, a Harris County grand jury returned nine “no” bills over nine criminal complaints against Watson. A Harris County prosecutor said the decision concluded criminal proceedings against him in that county, and Watson was traded shortly afterward. A grand jury in Brazoria County denied charge Watson on the 10th count on March 24.
Watson denied assaulting, harassing or disrespecting any woman during his introductory press conference with the Browns.
The NFL’s investigation into Watson’s violating the league’s personal conduct policy is still ongoing, and it could still face suspension for this coming season or beyond.
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