The appeal for Deshaun Watson’s original 6-game suspension from the NFL is successful.
The Browns’ 26-year-old quarterback will now serve an 11-game suspension and be fined 5 million dollars. The suspension will delay his Browns’ debut until December 4th, when he will be eligible for the game against his former team, the Houston Texans.
Watson was under trial due to over two-dozen sexual allegations levied against him, all of which had taken place during his time with the Houston Texans.
Watson faced the media after the ruling, and mentioned that he takes accountability for the attention he had brought to the league, his peers, and the women involved yet remains to stand on his innocence, stating that he had “never assaulted or disrespected anyone.”
In response to the ruling, Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam announced an investment in multiple programs in Northeast Ohio that will educate children on the awareness, understanding, and prevention of sexual misconduct.
In closing, the star said that he will find ways to support his teammates while serving his suspension this time, expressing that he is excited for what the future may hold.
In his 4-active seasons, Watson is a 3-Time Pro Bowler, getting his last Pro Bowl honors in his last full season in the NFL, before sitting all of the 2022 NFL season.