Deshaun Watson’s week included meeting with NFL investigators and playing golf in the Bahamas with his new Browns teammates.
Next week he’ll be back on the field, and under more public scrutiny.
Some of the women who have accused Cleveland’s quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions while he was with the Houston Texans have been interviewed by HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
Per a release from the network 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.
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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 while they gave him massages. In a recent deposition that became public this week, Watson acknowledged that one of the women was crying at the end of a session. He said he apologized to her via text.
Although Watson has not been charged with any criminal complaints — two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him — he is facing possible punishment from the NFL.
The league is trying to determine whether he violated its personal conduct policy. Some of the league’s investigators met with Watson this week in Houston.
The timing of that interview could be a sign the league is close to completing its inquiry into Watson’s behavior. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said multiple times that there was no timeframe on when Watson could be disciplined.
Former U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ association, will review the league’s findings and determine whether Watson violated the league’s policy.
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told the AP on Friday that “the review is ongoing and active.”
Amid his ongoing legal issues, Watson treated more than two dozen of his teammates on the Browns’ offense to a trip to the Bahamas this week for some bonding. A video posted on his Instagram page showed Watson making a long putt while golfing Friday.
Watson has been attending Cleveland’s voluntary offseason program over the past month, and he 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 news conference on March 25, a week after the Browns persuaded the three-time Pro Bowler to waive his no-trade clause and signed him to an historic, fully guaranteed contract.
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