Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson suspended 6 games for violating NFL's personal conduct policy Jake Trotter - August 1st, 2022
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve a six-game suspension without pay but will not be fined for violating the league's personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct, disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson ruled Monday.
Robinson issued her ruling in a comprehensive 15-page report. She wrote that the NFL recommended Watson be suspended for the entire 2022 regular season and postseason.
In relying on precedent, Robinson sought to differentiate between violent and non-violent sexual conduct. Robinson concluded that Watson's conduct "does not fall into the category of violent conduct that would require the minimum 6-game suspension" which the league had established as "by far the most commonly-imposed discipline for domestic or gendered violence and sexual acts."