NFL: No restrictions on Deshaun Watson during investigation
The NFL on Tuesday released a statement saying there are no restrictions being placed on Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson amid the league’s investigation into the allegations against him.
Watson is facing 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints from women in Houston alleging sexual misconduct against the 25-year-old.
However, he will not be put on paid leave.
“The NFL’s review of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson remains ongoing and active,” the NFL said in the statement. “We are working cooperatively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL’s inquiry does not interfere with their investigation. As we continue to gather additional information and monitor law enforcement developments, we will make appropriate decisions consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy. At this time there are no restrictions on Watson’s participation in club activities.”
The league began its investigation in March. However, the NFL has not been given access to evidence nor has it interviewed any of the plaintiffs, according to reports. Also, league investigators have not yet spoken with Watson.
Watson has reported to the Texans’ training camp to avoid daily fines of $50,000. He continues to demand a trade from the team, which drafted him 12th overall in the 2017 draft.
The team began training camp on-field practice work on Monday.
How the Texans move forward at quarterback and if they allow Watson to take part in those practices while on the trade block is unclear.
Watson has been accused of inappropriate behavior from women he largely met through massage therapy sessions.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, told ESPN on Monday that of the 10 who have filed criminal complaints against him, eight are among those who are suing him. Hardin added that he and Watson are cooperating with Houston police and the Harris County District Attorney’s office in their investigations.
–Field Level Media