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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Watson’s position remains unchanged despite new lawsuit

BERIA, Ohio ( Associated Press) — Deshan Watson’s position with the NFL remains the same, even though the suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback was named in another civil lawsuit by a woman who accused him of pressuring her to have sex. was accused.

Watson is in the midst of an 11-game suspension over allegations made by two dozen women who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting or misbehaving while being a Houston Texans player during a massage session.

On Thursday, a 26th woman filed a lawsuit in Texas, claiming Watson pressured her to perform sexual acts during a session in 2020. Watson settled 23 of the last 24 lawsuits against him and one was dismissed.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the latest lawsuit does not affect Watson’s current position. However, the 27-year-old quarterback could face another penalty if he is found to further violate the league’s code of conduct.

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“We will monitor developments in the new case, and will deal with any behavior that warrants further investigation or potential additional sanctions, while considering a personal conduct policy,” McCarthy said in an email Friday.

Because the most recent indictment recounts an alleged encounter that took place at the same time as the previous one and before Watson reached a settlement, the league saw no need to intervene. As long as Watson abides by the terms of his agreement with the league, he will be eligible to play in December.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski did not comment on the new charge after Friday’s practice.

Attorney Anissa Nguyen, who represents the new plaintiffs, said she intends to testify for Watson by the end of 2022. She said Watson “spent two years dealing with the trauma of what was taken from her.”

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Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said he would try to identify the woman. In previous cases, the court had ordered that the plaintiff be identified by name.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback returned to the Browns’ practice facility this week for the first time since he began serving his suspension on August 30. Watson is only allowed to attend meetings and exercises while he prepares for his return.

He will not be able to train till November 14. It will return to normal activity on November 28.

The first game Watson is eligible to play is December 4 against Houston, the team that drafted him in 2017 and sent him to Cleveland in March amid legal troubles.

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