AP Source: NFL representatives to meet with Watson

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AP Source: NFL representatives to meet with Watson

NFL representatives will meet this week with Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson as part of the league’s investigations into whether the player violated the player’s personal conduct policy, a person insiders told The Associated Press on Monday. of the matter.

Watson, who is facing 22 civil lawsuits from massage therapists accusing him of sexual misconduct, is scheduled to speak with NFL officials in Texas, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Watson faces possible disciplinary action from the league, which is independently investigating his actions while playing with the Houston Texans. Commissioner Roger Goodell said April 28 during the NFL draft that there was no deadline on a possible decision on the Watson matter.

Reporter Josina Anderson was the first to report on the scheduled meeting on Twitter.

“We do not have any updates and will decline to comment on that tweet,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP in an email.

“There is no agenda because the investigation is active and ongoing.”

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told the AP that he will let the NFL discuss his interview schedule, but expects “Watson will be interviewed soon and thoroughly.”

The meeting with league officials is a big deal for Watson, who signed a $230 million fully guaranteed contract with the Browns in March after initially rejecting his trade to Cleveland.

The Browns, who traded three first-round draft picks for a total of six to the Texans in exchange for Watson, want to know if they won’t have him for any part of this season after making such a big investment in the three-time MLB nominee. Stars game.

In March, two members of a grand jury declined to indict Watson in connection with criminal complaints from 10 women. The player denies any wrongdoing and in April he told a news conference with the Browns that “I have never assaulted or disrespected or harassed any woman in my life.”

Watson has testified in several of the civil cases. To this point, he hasn’t missed any of Cleveland’s offseason programs.

It is unknown who Watson will meet this week.

Lisa Friel, a former prosecutor in New York, is leading the investigation. Once completed, former federal judge Sue Robinson, a disciplinary representative appointed jointly by the league and the NFL Players Association, will decide whether Watson violated the conduct policy and report it to Goodell.

In a previous similar case, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended six games by the league in 2010 after a 20-year-old college student accused him of sexually assaulting her. The sanction was later reduced to four games.

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