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CLEVELAND – Deshaun Watson’s week included meeting with NFL investigators and playing golf in the Bahamas with his new Browns teammates.
Next week he is back on the field and under more public scrutiny.
Some of the women who have accused Cleveland’s quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions while he was with the Houston Texans have been interviewed by HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
According to a statement from the network on Friday, “several” of the women will “detail the alleged abuse they have suffered and share their reactions to Watson’s record $ 230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.” The show airs Tuesday.
Watson, who signed with the Browns in March, has denied any wrongdoing.
He faces civil lawsuits from 22 women who claim he behaved inappropriately while giving him massage. In a recent deposition made public this week, Watson acknowledged that one of the women was crying at the end of a session. He said he apologized to her via text message.
Although Watson has not been charged with any criminal charges – two major juries in Texas declined to prosecute him – he faces a possible penalty from the NFL.
The league is trying to determine if he has violated his personal behavior policy. Some of the league’s investigators met with Watson this week in Houston.
The timing of that interview may be a sign that the league is close to completing its investigation into Watson’s behavior. Commissioner Roger Goodell has repeatedly said there was no time frame for when Watson could be disciplined.
Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ association, will review the league’s results and determine if Watson has violated the league’s policies.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP on Friday that “the review is ongoing and active.”
In the midst of his ongoing legal issues, Watson dealt with more than two dozen of his teammates in the Browns’ attack on a trip to the Bahamas this week to get some bonding. A video on his Instagram page showed Watson making a long putt while playing golf on Friday.
Watson has been participating in Cleveland’s volunteer offseason program over the past month, and he is expected to be at the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio, on Monday, when organized team activities resume.
Watson has not spoken to the media since his inaugural press conference on March 25, a week after the Browns persuaded the triple Pro Bowler to relinquish his no-trade clause and signed him to a historic, fully guaranteed contract.