Commissioner Roger Goodell Says Deshaun Watson Has Complied With All Terms Of His Suspension
On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared on the NFL Network after the scheduled league meeting that took place in New York. When asked about Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, Goodell stated that Watson is complying with all of the agreed terms and conditions of his eleven-game suspension. Goodell also commented on the recent civil lawsuit filed against Watson, stating that the league has been made aware and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
“As far as any additional [lawsuits], obviously we will follow all of them. If there’s new information, we will take that into consideration. But we’ll see as time goes on,” the commissioner said.
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Watson’s conditions are related primarily to evaluation and treatment. The quarterback remains on schedule to make his regular season return against his former team, the Houston Texans. Watson’s latest accuser was recently required by Judge Rabeea Sultan Collier to disclose her name if she wishes to continue pursuing her civil lawsuit against Watson.
The ruling comes in courtesy of Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin, who also requested that the accuser be sanctioned for not initially disclosing her name in the civil suit. Watson is accused of pressuring the defendant into performing oral sex on him during a massage therapy session. Hardin argued that the accuser’s approach was similar to the twenty-six cases filed by Houston Attorney Tony Buzbee, even though this accuser is represented by a different lawyer. The accuser’s attorney agreed to provide her client’s name if a protective order was put in place.
“We’re already getting hate emails and mail from the minute this was filed and we’re concerned for her safety. And like I said, we have no problem telling him who the plaintiff is, so long as we know she’ll be safe,” the attorney said.
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