Deshaun Watson

After a long decision-making process, the NFL has officially suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The NFL suspended Watson for six games after multiple women filed a total of 24 sexual misconduct lawsuits against the quarterback, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. The women, whom Watson hired for massages, each accused Watson of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

Watson has settled civil cases with 23 of his 24 accusers, with three more settlements reported ahead of Monday’s suspension news. In July, Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, also settled lawsuits with 30 of women who made claims or were prepared to make claims against the organization for its role in the allegations against Watson.

While the news was expected, that didn’t stop the NFL world from offering its reactions, with many expressing frustration and contempt towards the league for such a small punishment, especially when compared to other players for seemingly more trivial offenses such as smoking marijuana, gambling, or deflating a football.

After serving his six-game suspension, Watson will be eligible to return to the Browns for the team’s Week 7 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. In the meantime, veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett will serve as Cleveland’s starting quarterback.

[Adam Schefter]