What's next for Deshaun Watson as he settles 20 of 24 lawsuits? | Maggie & Perloff


It's still unclear when embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson will play his first regular season game for the Cleveland Browns, but new information regarding his legal matters has been released. The 26-year-old has reached settlements with 20 of the 24 women who filed lawsuits alleging varying degrees of sexual misconduct against him, according to attorney Tony Buzbee. As a result, each settled case will be dismissed, all while Watson maintains his innocence.

Although Watson won't face criminal charges for these allegations -- a second Texas grand jury declined to indict him in March -- the Pro Bowl signal-caller is still subject to potential penalty from the NFL. And according to a Washington Post report, the league will contend that Watson should receive a "significant" suspension. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the power to suspend him, under the league's personal conduct policy. It's still an ongoing investigation.

"I don't think anyone was expecting [20 settlements today]," Maggie Gray said during the Maggie and Perloff show on Tuesday. "However, if both the Browns and Watson are trying to move this forward, to the point where the league can make a ruling... To try to move this thing forward before training camp, at least the Browns would have an understanding of, 'Do we have Watson this season for any amount of time, for no amount of time.' They probably had an urgency, from Watson's side, to try to settle as many of these cases as possible."

"I didn't expect a settlement today... I think the NFL had an urgency, too. They don't want Watson stealing headlines when training camp opens," Perloff said. "They ideally want positive headlines, this is the exact opposite. And it's really been the story of the NFL offseason... He also signed a $230 million deal, the biggest deal in the history of the sport. It feels like that was a long time ago -- that was this offseason. It really has been this overwhelming story. Maybe this is the beginning of the end?"

Maggie and Perloff's complete thoughts on Watson's ongoing legal troubles can be accessed in the audio player above.

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