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Beginning in 2021, Watson has been sued by more than two dozen female massage therapists for sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Watson has denied any wrongdoing despite settling 20 claims of sexual misconduct.
Disagreements with the Texans’ front office and multiple sexual-misconduct lawsuits kept Watson out for the entire 2021 season and eventually led to a trade to the Cleveland Browns.
In 2022 he signed a five-year contract worth $230 million, one of the most expensive contracts in NFL history.
Deshaun Watson suspension extended
Deshaun Watson won’t be playing in Baltimore in 2022 after all, as the NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement on a reported 11-game extended suspension and $5 million fine for the Browns’ starting quarterback.
Watson was slated to kick off his 2022 season at M&T Bank Stadium after a six-game suspension was originally handed down. Now his first game will be on Dec. 4 in Houston, his former home city.
The Ravens and Browns will play two weeks later in Week 15 in Cleveland.
As a Texan, Watson had an 0-2 record with a 78.0 quarterback rating against the Ravens. He threw for a combined 444 yards, tossed two interceptions to one touchdown, and was sacked 10 times over the two games.
Earlier this month, after the original suspension was handed down, Head Coach John Harbaugh said he had “a lot of opinions” on the issue. Harbaugh pointed to the Ravens’ decision after the Ray Rice incident not to pursue players with any history of mistreating women.
“I respect what Steve Bisciotti and Dick Cass created here almost 10 years ago,” Harbaugh said. “Basically, we’re kind of zero tolerance. You have to know the truth, you have to try to understand the circumstances, but we’ve stayed away from that particular situation – when we draft players, when we sign them as free agents. That’s Steve’s decision, and I’m glad that we have that policy.”
Quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled in his first game back playing against his former team.
Returning from an 11-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy by committing sexual assault, as defined by the league, Watson failed to lead the Cleveland Browns on a touchdown drive Sunday against the Houston Texans.
Cleveland still defeated the league’s worst team 27-14 behind two defensive touchdowns and a punt-return score from Donovan Peoples-Jones — the first time in 33 years the Browns scored three non-offensive touchdowns.
Watson completed 12 of 22 passes for 131 yards in his first regular-season game in exactly 700 days. He also threw an interception in the end zone that negated Cleveland’s best offensive scoring opportunity.
Although NRG Stadium was half-empty, Watson was loudly booed before every Browns snap throughout the game.
“They’re supposed to boo,” Watson said. “I’m a Cleveland Brown now, and we’re on the road, so they’re supposed to boo.”
Coach Kevin Stefanski said of Watson’s performance: “Obviously you’re missing a bunch of time. So you’ve got to get back in it. You’ve got to get this first one out of the way. But I know what the kid is capable of.”
The Browns traded for Watson in March, sending the Texans three first-round draft picks. Cleveland then signed Watson to a five-year deal worth $230 million guaranteed, the richest contract in NFL history.
Watson demanded a trade from the Texans after the 2020 season. He was then accused by more than two dozen women of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct during massage sessions before he sat out the entire 2021 season.
A few of those women had planned to attend Sunday’s game, according to their attorney Tony Buzbee, who had said he would be at the game with them.