Browns’ Deshaun Watson wraps up a busy week as the NFL investigation continues
Cleveland Brown’s new QB Deshaun Watson during the press conference at the team’s training facility on March 25, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. Photo: AP Photo/Ron Schwane
CLEVELAND (AP) — Deshaun Watson’s week included a meeting with NFL investigators and golf in the Bahamas with his new Browns teammates.
Next week he will be back on the field and under more public scrutiny.
Some of the women who accused Cleveland’s quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions while he was with Houston were interviewed by HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
According to a network release on Friday, “several” of the women will “detail the alleged abuse they suffered and share their reactions to Watson’s record-breaking $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.” The show will air on Tuesday.
Watson, who signed with the Browns in March, has denied any wrongdoing.
He is facing civil lawsuits from 22 women who allege he behaved inappropriately during massages. In a recent statement released this week, Watson admitted that one of the women cried at the end of a session. He said he apologized to her via text message.
Although Watson has not filed a criminal complaint — two Texas grand juries declined to indict him — he faces possible punishment from the NFL.
The league is trying to determine if he violated its personal conduct policy. Some of the league’s investigators met with Watson in Houston this week.
The timing of the interview could be a sign that the league is close to completing its investigation into Watson’s behavior. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said on several occasions that there is no timeframe for when Watson can be disciplined.
Former US District Judge Sue Robinson, appointed jointly by the league and the players’ association, will review the league’s results and determine whether Watson violated league policies.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP Friday that “the review is ongoing and active.”
Amid his ongoing legal entanglements, Watson invited more than two dozen of his attacking teammates to a trip to the Bahamas this week to come to terms. A video posted to his Instagram page showed Watson making a long putt while golfing on Friday.
Watson participated in Cleveland’s voluntary offseason program last month and is expected to be at the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio, on Monday when organized team activities resume.
Watson has not spoken to the media since his introductory press conference on March 25, a week after the Browns convinced the three-time Pro Bowler to waive his no-trade clause and signed him to a historic, fully guaranteed contract .