Will The NFL Suspend Houston QB Watson For His Off The Field Issues?

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There are still plenty of questions remaining about whether Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson will take the field for Houston — or any NFL team, for that matter — in 2021.

Watson has held his ground, denying all 22 civil cases of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct alleged against him.

The young superstar quarterback had already requested a trade away from the Texans before the accusations surfaced, but now it sounds more and more that getting moved will not be easy.

Houston paid Watson a massive contract worth $156 mil over four seasons a few years back, and he’s set to walk away with $29M in 2021.

Any team that takes on Watson knows that there is going to be a LOT of money involved to pay the QB. However, money isn’t the only issue with Watson. Any team that makes a move for Watson, if one actually does make a trade for him, also has to take into consideration that Watson could face a suspension in 2021.

The league has to look into a suitable response to the serious allegations leveled at Watson during an offseason that has otherwise been rather quiet.

The current NFL CBA states that the league can suspend a player, even when no criminal charges have been filed against him.

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was hit with a suspension by the league in 2017 based on allegations of domestic violence that never resulted in criminal charges.

It will be interesting to see whether the league takes an easier or a tougher stance on Watson after what he’s done in the league this offseason.

Or it could be a league-wide PR nightmare.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. The NFL and especially the MSM only care about women’s rights and abuse (physical or sexual) when it involves an alleged non-star or in the case of the MSM a GOP member. The two go hand in hand, had the perp been a white GOP member QB accused of all of this crap, you can be damn sure ESPN would spend countless hours every day virtue signaling about women’s rights and victims rights. That’s why nothing is happening yet. Talk about privilege.

  2. I hate Watson and I’m sure something happened here because I have common sense, but what proof is there at this point? How can you suspend someone for behavior that isn’t proven to have happened? If he gets convicted or settles, different story.

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