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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson settled three of the four remaining civil lawsuits filed against him before an unbiased arbitrator made a ruling on whether he violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who’s representing the ladies, informed ESPN’s John Barr of the settlements. Buzbee plans release a a formal statement to the media later Monday.
Sue L. Robinson, a former U.S. district judge, ruled Monday that Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and suspended him for six games. She served being an independent arbitrator at the behest of the NFL and NFLPA. The players association released a statement late Sunday saying you won’t appeal Robinson’s ruling.
The NFL has three days to appeal the ruling. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could raise the punishment and act as the only real arbitrator of the case. The league have not indicated whether it plans to go forward having an appeal.
Ashley Solis, who was simply the initial woman to sue Watson and go public with her allegations, is probably the women who settled. Solis and Kyla Hayes gave their accounts of Watson’s actions in-may during an appearance on Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. In accordance with Solis, Watson repeatedly attemptedto put his penis in her hand and threatened her career after she ended the massage.
“He just said, ‘I know you’ve got a career to safeguard.’ And ‘I know you do not want anyone messing with it exactly like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.’ If you ask me, that’s when I acquired really scared,” Solis said.
Watson acknowledged Solis was crying by the end of these encounter when testifying under oath in-may. He also admitted to sending a text apologizing to Solis, though he maintained no wrongdoing.
“Sorry about you feeling uncomfortable,” the written text message read. “Never were the intentions. Lmk in order to work in the foreseeable future. My apologies.”
A complete of 25 women filed lawsuits against Watson, accusing acts which range from sexual assault to harassment. Only 1 of these lawsuits now remains open. Watson settled 23 cases and something woman dropped her suit, citing privacy concerns.
Two different grand juries found insufficient evidence to charge Watson with a crime.