The NFL and NFL PA reached a settlement Thursday regarding Browns QB Deshaun Watson.
Watson will sit out the first 11 games of the season without pay after he was accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage sessions. He’ll also pay a fine of $5 million.
Watson still says, however, he’s an innocents man despite the allegations against him.
“I’ll continue to stand on my innocence, just because you know settlements, and things like that happen doesn’t mean that a person is guilty for anything. I feel like a person has an opportunity to stand on his innocence and prove that, and we proved that from a legal side, and just going to continue to push forward as an individual and as a person,” he told reporters.
His first game action with Cleveland will be Week 13 when the Browns travel to Houston to take on Watson’s old team the Texans.
Watson said one day he hopes to tell his side of how things went down.
“I feel like through the whole process I’ve been trying to tell my side of the story. But a lot of people just didn’t pay a lot of attention to it,” he said.
Watson has been accused of sexual assault and other inappropriate conduct during massage therapy sessions in lawsuits filed by 25 women. The actions alleged in the lawsuits took place from March 2020 to March 2021.
After being trade from Houston to Cleveland earlier this year, the Browns gave the QB a five year $230 million fully guaranteed contract, the richest in league history.