Editor‘s note: This story has accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a sexual assault survivor, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or at https://www.rainn.org.
While the NFL continues to investigate Browns Quarterback Deshaun Watson amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, the league insists his presence for the 2022 games is not a factor in making Cleveland’s schedule for next season.
NFL VP of Broadcast Planning Mike North talks to Adam Schein on SiriusXM “Mad Dog Sports Radio” in detail.
“The honest answer to your question [about scheduling around Watson’s availability] dili. None of us know. None of us know if he’s been here all year, if he’s not coming here. None of us know what’s going to happen, and it probably won’t happen this year, Adam, ”North said.
“You know, it could be a year or two away from these things finally being settled. The answer to your question is no.”
If the topic continues, the North recognizes that the only element considered when it comes to Watson is his return to Houston to face the Texans that happen on schedule.
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“Aside from probably wondering where the real Cleveland game in Houston fell, not really much attention was given. [regarding Watson]”said North.
Watson faces 22 active civil charges of sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy sessions. The cases illustrate accounts from Watson refusing to cover his genitals to “touching [a plaintiff] on her genitals and tried to force her to have oral sex with him. ”
No trial dates have been set today for any of the 22 active civil cases.
The 26-year-old recently traded to Cleveland and signed a five-year, $ 230 million full guarantee deal — a contract that set a record for becoming the largest guaranteed contract in league history.
The quarterback previously faced multiple criminal complaints; however, he did not face charges after two separate grand jury hearings. According to Jenny Vrentas of The New York Times, The criminal complaints he has faced in the past have involved similar descriptions, including Watson ejaculating with massage therapists and even other forms of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.
On March 11, a Harris County grand jury returned nine “no” charges in nine criminal complaints against Watson. A Harris County prosecutor said the decision ended criminal cases against him in that county, and Watson was sold shortly thereafter. A grand jury in Brazoria County refused to file Watson to the 10th count on March 24.
Watson denied attacking, harassing or disrespecting any woman during his introductory press conference with the Browns.
The NFL’s investigation into Watson for violating the league’s personal conduct policy is still ongoing, and he could still be suspended for this upcoming season or beyond.