Deshaun Watson will miss 11 games and be fined $5 million for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Thursday’s announcement comes after the NFL and NFLPA reached an agreement on the punishment for the Cleveland Browns quarterback.
Watson will also undergo a “professional evaluation by behavioral experts and will follow their treatment program,” the league stated in a press release.
“Deshaun has committed to doing the hard work on himself that is necessary for his return to the NFL,” Commissioner Roger Goodell stated.
Watson was initially suspended for six games for his alleged sexual assaults on massage therapists. Twenty-four women in total filed civil lawsuits against the former Houston Texans QB.
“I’m grateful that the disciplinary process has ended,” Watson said in a statement.
“I apologize once again for the pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made.”
Watson’s ban will reportedly begin on Aug. 30 and he will be eligible to return to action for the Browns’ Dec. 4 game against the Texans.
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