Deshaun Watson

After months of limbo, the NFL suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy on Monday.

The suspension comes as a result of the 24 sexual misconduct lawsuits against the quarterback from multiple women whom Watson hired for massages. The women each accused the Browns quarterback of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

While the news of the suspension wasn’t exactly a surprise as it’s been expected for several weeks, one particular clause in the suspension did catch the NFL world off guard.

According to NFL reporter Tom Pelissero, former federal judge Sue L. Robinson’s suspension decision also includes a mandate that Watson must get all his massage therapy from therapists who are employed by the Browns.

Naturally, the strange clause got quite a reaction from the NFL world, many of whom questioned why this clause would need to be included in the suspension if the judge deemed that Watson should only be suspended for six games due to his actions.

Watson will miss the first six games and will be eligible to return for Cleveland’s Week 7 matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. In the meantime, veteran quarterback Jacoby Brissett will take on the role as Cleveland’s starting quarterback.

[Tom Pelissero]