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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended without pay for six games following accusations of sexual misconduct, the NFL announced Monday.

The NFL has suspended the 26-year-old Watson for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy following sexual assault accusations made by women in Texas in 2020 and 2021.

In a report obtained by, Judge Sue L. Robinson said that Watson’s conduct was “more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL.”

The NFL thanked Robinson and said it will review her findings to determine its next steps.

“We thank Judge Sue L. Robinson, the independent disciplinary officer, for her review of the voluminous record and attention during a three-day hearing that resulted in her finding multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy by Deshaun Watson. We appreciate Judge Robinson’s diligence and professionalism throughout this process.“Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL or the NFLPA on behalf of Watson may appeal the decision within three days. In light of her findings, the league is reviewing Judge Robinson’s imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on next steps.”

Watson would be eligible to return on Oct. 23 when the Browns play at Baltimore. He can continue to practice and play in exhibition games before his suspension begins the first week of the regular season.

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In June, Watson settled 23 of 24 lawsuits filed by the women alleging sexual harassment and assault during massage therapy appointments when he was playing for the Houston Texans.

The NFL had pushed for an indefinite suspension of at least one year and a $5 million fine for Watson during a three-day hearing before Robinson in June.

There was not enough evidence for an indefinite suspension, according to ESPN. Both sides have three days to appeal the ruling.

According to The Associated Press, allegations surfaced in 2021 that he acted inappropriately with the women during massage therapy sessions he scheduled via social media.

Watson has denied all wrongdoing, insisting that any sexual activity with three women was consensual. He insisted his goal was to clear his name before agreeing to confidential financial settlements with 20 of the women on June 21.