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Watson suspended six games for sexual assault

The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games on Monday for violating the leagues personal conduct policy.

Your choice was rendered by independent hearing officer Sue L. Robinson in reaction to the NFLs investigation of multiple women who filed civil lawsuits against Watson before he settled with all except one of these, including Ashley Solis, the initial accuser to go public. The ladies, whom Watson hired for massages, accused the QB of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

Watson will undoubtedly be eligible to go back to the Browns in Week 7 contrary to the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 23.

Within the decision, Watson must now receive all his massages from Browns team therapists, in accordance with NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Robinson’s ruling said that while Watson’s pattern of behavior was egregious, it had been nonviolent sexual conduct, per Pelissero.

This decision now opens a window where either the league or NFL Players’ Association can appeal your choice. The union has recently said it will not. If neither side does so, Robinsons decision would be the final word in the event.

If the NFL appeals, the ultimate suspension decision will undoubtedly be moved to league commissioner Roger Goodell or his chosen designee. Following that, the lone avenue to fight any suspension by Watsons camp and the union is always to try to overturn the ruling via lawsuit in federal court.

Within its probe, the leagues investigators spoke to at the very least 10 of the ladies who originally filed litigation against Watson. A source told Yahoo Sports the NFL obtained information from the pretrial process in those civil lawsuits, none which was sealed by presiding judges. The pretrial process included Watson sitting for multiple depositions and ultimately concluded June 30.

Robinson presided over a three-day disciplinary hearing where the NFL and NFLPA presented their cases in determining if Watson violated the league’s conduct policy. Days before those hearings began, it had been reported that the NFL pushed for a one-year suspension. A source told Yahoo Sports that the NFL wanted the general public to learn that it had pushed for that year-long suspension prior to the discipline hearing.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended by the NFL. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended by the NFL. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

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