HOUSTON – Deshaun Watson may have checked in at the Houston Texans training camp, but the NFL has yet to determine his status for the upcoming season. According to a statement published by the league on Tuesday afternoon, the investigators are going even deeper into the “serious allegations” against the star quarterback.
The league has not announced a schedule for the completion of the investigation.
“The NFL’s review of serious allegations against Deshaun Watson remains active and active,” the league’s statement said. “We’re working with the Houston Police to make sure the NFL investigation doesn’t interfere with their investigation. As we continue to collect additional information and monitor law enforcement developments, we will be in line with the collective agreement and the Staff Code of Conduct. There are currently no restrictions on Watson’s participation in club activities. “
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With no restrictions placed on him during the investigation, Watson is expected to attend the team’s first training session on Wednesday morning. The former Pro Bowl quarterback and face of the franchise faces 22 civil lawsuits filed against him by 10 women accusing him of sexual misconduct and assault.
Both the Houston Police and the NFL began investigations in April of that year.
The saga is likely to dominate the Texans’ training camp, if not all of the season. At this point, Watson is in camp, but with his January trade demands and mounting legal troubles, Texans are likely eager to get rid of the headache. The situation is made even more complicated by the fact that Houston is allegedly making trade offers while the NFL could prevent him from playing altogether in 2021.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could put Watson on the exception list under the league’s personal code of conduct. If so, Watson would be essentially on paid administrative leave until his cases are resolved.
On Monday, Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin told ESPN that of the 10 women who filed complaints with the Houston police force, two did not file any lawsuits against Watson.
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Watson is entering the final year of his rookie deal with a base salary of $ 10.5 million. But last September, he agreed to a four-year extension of $ 156 million that could potentially keep him in Houston through the end of 2025.
Watson called for action in January following a disagreement with the Front Office over minority hiring practices. Due to the league’s no-training camp guidelines, the 25-year-old decided to arrive at the camp and avoid being fined $ 50,000 per day.
His appearance, however, does not mean that Watson is suddenly happy in Houston. The Texans are planning to find him a new home, and General Manager Nick Caserio is reportedly actively taking calls from multiple teams.
TexansDaily.com will continue to update you on everything related to Watson and his status for the 2021 season.
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