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DeShaun Watson Takes The Field For Training Camp With 22 Sexual Assault Allegations Against Him

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Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson, who is facing 10 criminal complaints from women who have gone to the Houston police with their concerns and 22 total sexual assault lawsuits, took the field Wednesday at training camp. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the league stated that Watson won’t face participation restrictions at camp while under investigation for his alleged conduct with massage therapists.

“The NFL’s review of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson remains ongoing and active. We are working cooperatively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL’s inquiry does not interfere with their investigation,” the league stated.

“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.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the power to place Watson on the Commissioner Exempt List if he is “formally” charged with a felony offense, commits a crime of violence using physical force, engaged in sexual assault by force or engaged in “conduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety or well-being of another person.”

The exemption list language also allows Goodell to place a player on that list “when an investigation leads the Commissioner to believe that a player may have violated this Policy by committing any of the conduct identified above, he may act where the circumstances and evidence warrant doing so.”

Going even further into the contract language, Goodell could place Watson on the list for a case “in which a violation relating to a crime of violence is alleged but further investigation is required.”

Even with all that language, here we are with Watson on the field and taking part in team activities. So far, it doesn’t seem like the Texans want to pull the trigger and tell their trade bait that he needs to stay home. The NFL’s not telling him to stay home. The Houston police department just got criminal complaints, so they’re off doing their thing, and now Watson is at camp in a hoodie doing his best to hide out from cameras.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. Someone, anyone, needs to be calling out Roger Gooddell on this one. Nothing more, nothing less. This is an insane thing to watch, based off of past suspensions that occured with waaay less hurt for their brand.

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