BEREA, Ohio — As the Cleveland Browns continue to wait on whether quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended, star pass-rusher Myles Garrett said that the uncertainty surrounding Watson will not hang over the team during training camp.
NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a retired federal judge, is still weighing whether Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Watson has been accused in lawsuits by 25 women of inappropriate sexual misconduct during massage sessions. One of the 25 lawsuits was dropped after the judge ruled the petition had to be amended to include the plaintiff’s name.
Robinson heard arguments from the NFL, the NFLPA and Watson’s attorney during a three-day hearing in late June. Two grand juries in Texas declined to pursue criminal charges against Watson earlier this year and Watson has maintained his innocence, but the NFL argued that he should face an indefinite suspension of at least a full season.
The Browns traded for Watson in March, sending three first-round draft picks to the Houston Texans after a Harris County grand jury in Houston declined to indict him. Cleveland then gave Watson a new five-year contract worth $230 million, fully guaranteed.