Deshaun Watson: Cleveland Browns quarterback banned for six games, per ESPN, citing anonymous source

Retired federal judge and independent disciplinary officer, Sue L. Robinson, made the ruling Monday, ESPN reported.

CNN has reached out to the NFL, NFLPA and the Browns for comment.

Robinson heard Watson’s case in late June and was jointly appointed by both the NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), according to their collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Both parties can now appeal in writing to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell within three business days, the CBA said. Goodell or his designee “will make a written decision which shall constitute the full, final and complete settlement of the dispute and shall be binding on the player,” the CBA said.

Sunday night, the NFLPA and Watson released a joint statement saying they will not appeal regardless of the decision, and they are asking the NFL to do the same.

Watson did not play as a member of the Houston Texans last season due to investigations into allegations of misconduct, including sexual assault and harassment involving more than two dozen women.

Watson, who was traded to the Browns in March, has repeatedly denied the charges against him.

In June, Watson settled 20 of 24 lawsuits brought by women who accused him of misconduct, according to a lawyer for 24 prosecutors.

In July, 30 women who “made or intended to make claims” against the Houston Texans organization over the sexual misconduct allegations against Watson dismissed their claims, according to a release from plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee and a statement issued by the Houston Texans property.

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