Gainesville native Deshaun Watson suspended for 11 games, fined $5 million by NFL

Gainesville native and Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for 11 games during the upcoming season, according to the Associated Press

The suspension is a final settlement between the NFL and its player’s association.

Watson was accused of sexual assault and harassment by two dozen women while he played for the Houston Texans.

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On Aug 1., Watson was suspended for six games by a former federal judge, who found that Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy after sexual misconduct accusations were made against Watson.

Watson has been accused by 24 massage therapists in Texas of sexual misconduct during his time with the Houston Texans. Last month, he settled 20 of the civil lawsuits filed against him.

In March, two separate Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints stemming from the allegations.


Cleveland signed Watson to a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract in March after he was traded to the Browns.

Watson is scheduled to return to the field on Dec. 4 against the Texans in Houston.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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