Commissioner Roger Goodell says NFL nearing end of Deshaun Watson investigation

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL’s investigation into Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is nearing an end NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday at the league’s owner’s meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.

The league is investigating claims made by at least 22 women who claim that Watson acted inappropriately during massage therapy sessions between 2020 and 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Watson and his attorneys have repeatedly denied the allegations.

“We have been denying the allegations that they're voicing tonight from the very beginning,” Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin told 92.3 The Fan in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

Listen to the full interview with Hardin in the audio player above.

Goodell did not have a timeline as to when potential discipline could be handed down by the league.

“I can't give you a timeline,” Goodell told reporters in Atlanta. “I think we’re nearing the end of the investigative period. Then it will be handled by our disciplinary officer and that will happen hopefully shortly. And then we'll see where that comes out.”

Attorneys Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney, who are conducting the league’s probe into the accusations made against Watson, will submit their findings to former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson. Robinson will determine if he violated the conduct policy as well as impose discipline in the form of a fine, suspension or a combination of both.

Under the CBA, Watson can appeal any discipline, which would be heard by Goodell or a designee.

Tuesday night HBO will air the alleged accounts from two accusers during a segment of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

“I believe very strongly that these women's allegations are to be listened to, investigated thoroughly. But, similarly, I believe Deshaun's objections and denials should be listened to,” Hardin said on The Fan. “Everybody's made up their mind based on the allegations made.”

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