Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for six games, violating the personal conduct policy, former federal judge Sue L. Robinson decided.
The NFL now has three days to appeal.
Watson, according to Darren Rovell, losses none of his $44.9 million in signing bonuses. Watson will lose $333,000 of his salary, which is only .14% of his $230 million contract.
Last month, Watson settled with 20 of the 24 women who accused him in civil court of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. Two separate grand juries already had determined not to move forward with criminal proceedings against the embattled quarterback.
But ultimately, NFL players are held to a different standard under the personal conduct policy than they are in criminal or civil proceedings. And after hearing the two sides argue their cases, Robinson has decided on a six game suspension.