Defending Super Bowl champion Rams open season as underdogs
Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams will raise their Super Bowl banner Thursday night before kicking off the NFL season at home where they became the second straight team to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy in their own stadium.
QB Deshaun Watson leaves Browns as NFL suspension begins
Cleveland starting quarterback Deshaun Watson began serving his NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct Tuesday, a punishment that will keep him away from the Browns until Oct. 10. Watson, who was placed on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list before practice, was spotted leaving the team's facility and driving away a little after 3 p.m. EDT. A three-time Pro Bowler with Houston, Watson will miss 11 games, pay a $5 million fine and must undergo mandatory treatment and counseling before he can be reinstated.news.yahoo.com
NFL, Deshaun Watson agree to 11-game suspension after sexual harassment allegations
Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns takes off his helmet during Cleveland Browns training camp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on August 09, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. The NFL and NFL Players Association settled on an 11-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, the league announced on Thursday. Watson initially received a six-game suspension, but, according to NBC Sports, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pushed for a full-season suspension and a $5 million fine because of Watson's "predatory behavior." Watson, who was traded to Cleveland in March, had 24 lawsuits filed against him from women alleging sexual harassment during massage treatments. I take accountability for the decisions I made," Watson said in a statement Thursday.cnbc.com
Browns backup QB Brissett moves into Watson's starting spot
Jacoby Brissett has jumped ahead of Deshaun Watson on Cleveland's depth chart. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Brissett will take the majority of snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense starting Sunday, a move necessitated by Watson's pending suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy for sexual misconduct allegations. Watson, who made his debut with the Browns by starting Friday's exhibition win over Jacksonville, has been the No. 1 quarterback throughout training camp.news.yahoo.com
Watson apologizes, then struggles in Browns preseason debut
Deshaun Watson apologized before his preseason debut with the Cleveland Browns and then got an earful from opposing fans. Watson apologized Friday “to all the women I have impacted” after being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. Potentially facing a year-long suspension, Watson publicly expressed remorse and contrition for the first time since he was accused of sexually harassing or assaulting the women during therapy sessions in 2020 and 2021.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Watson willing to accept 8-game suspension, fine
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson would accept an eight-game suspension and $5 million fine to avoid missing the entire season, a person familiar with his defense told The Associated Press on Thursday. Watson, who is facing a potential year-long ban for sexual misconduct, would agree to a lesser penalty in a settlement, said the person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. The biggest question is whether the NFL would make this compromise.news.yahoo.com
Browns in limbo while QB Deshaun Watson's saga shifts again
When owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam returned from Houston in March with Deshaun Watson under contract, the Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback — a fruitless 20-year odyssey — appeared to be over. The NFL's decision to appeal the six-game suspension for Watson handed down by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who ruled he violated the league's personal conduct policy, has left the Browns in limbo and potentially considering other QB options for the 2022 season. Only days ago, the Browns, who have started a league-high 32 quarterbacks since their 1999 expansion rebirth and traded former No. 1 overall pick and four-year starter Baker Mayfield to Carolina last month, were prepared to be minus Watson for less than half this season.news.yahoo.com
Attorney urges Goodell to 'do the right thing' on Watson
A lawyer representing two dozen women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault or harassment says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance to “do the right thing” now that the league has appealed a six-game suspension for the quarterback.
Attorney urges Goodell to 'do the right thing' on Watson
A lawyer representing two dozen women who have accused Deshaun Watson of sexual assault or harassment said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a chance to “do the right thing” now that the league has appealed a six-game suspension for the Cleveland Browns quarterback. ... Mr. Goodell, what will you do?news.yahoo.com
Former attorney general to hear appeal of Watson suspension
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has chosen former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the appeal of the six-game suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson was suspended this week by independent disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, who concluded he violated the league's personal conduct policy after being accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women in Texas. The league, which had been pushing for an indefinite suspension for Watson, wanted further discipline and appealed Robinson's ruling on Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
NFL appeals 6-game suspension for Browns' Deshaun Watson
A person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press that the NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year plus a fine in appealing a disciplinary officer’s decision to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
NFL appeals 6-game suspension for Browns quarterback Watson
The NFL is appealing a disciplinary officer’s decision to suspend Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games for violating the league's personal conduct policy, giving Commissioner Roger Goodell or someone he designates authority to impose a stiffer penalty. Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson issued her ruling Monday after Watson was accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments while he played for the Houston Texans. In her 16-page report, Robinson described Watson's behavior as “more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL."news.yahoo.com
"You're seeing the league be a little less afraid" : Why punishing the Miami Dolphins owner sends a message in the NFL
The Dolphins will forfeit a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL draft and a third-round selection in the 2024 draft. The team's owner is suspended through Oct. 17 and will have to pay a $1.5 million fine.cbsnews.com
Primaries test Trump's hold on Republican Party
Voters in five states are picking their party's nominees for November's midterm elections. In Arizona, dueling Republican candidates backed by former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence are once again exposing divisions. Ed O'Keefe has the latest.news.yahoo.com
Browns QB Watson suspended 6 games, NFL weighs appeal
Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended for six games after being accused by two dozen women in Texas of sexual misconduct during massage treatments, in what a disciplinary officer said was behavior “more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL.”.
Deshaun Watson gets muted reaction at Browns' open practice
Deshaun Watson sprinted onto the field to a light round of cheers Saturday at the Cleveland Browns' first open practice of training camp. The noticeably muted reaction reflected the uncertainty surrounding Cleveland’s controversial new quarterback. Watson was the focal point as the Browns worked out in front of a near-capacity crowd at their suburban headquarters.news.yahoo.com
Cooper catches on with Browns, quickly connects with Watson
In his short time with Deshaun Watson, Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper has gained an appreciation for the quarterback's skills. Cooper's impressed with Watson as a runner, passer and playmaker. "He can do everything,” Cooper said Thursday.news.yahoo.com
Lawyer: 30 women settle Watson-related claims against Texans
An attorney representing 30 women who have accused the Houston Texans of turning a blind eye to allegations that Deshaun Watson was sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage sessions says they have settled their legal claims against the team.
AP Sources: NFL adamant on indefinite suspension for Watson
Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing concluded Thursday with the NFL adamant about an indefinite suspension of at least one year and the quarterback’s legal team arguing there’s no basis for that punishment, two people with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.
Mario Batali acquittal underscores perils of #MeToo cases
Bill Cosby was released from prison when his conviction that he drugged and assaulted a woman was overturned. Quarterback Deshaun Watson landed a record-setting $230 million contract, despite an investigation into allegations he assaulted 22 women. Celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted this week on just the second day of his sexual assault trial in Boston.news.yahoo.com
Browns unwilling to make Mayfield's messy situation worse
Already at odds with Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns are choosing not to get into a public fight with him. No longer part of Cleveland's future, Mayfield is not participating in the team's voluntary offseason program as the team tries to work out a trade to get rid of the 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick. On Wednesday, coach Kevin Stefanski was reluctant to address the polarizing QB at all.news.yahoo.com
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson fields questions during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings
For a second day, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson fielded more questions from senators during her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion reports from Capitol Hill.news.yahoo.com
Trade for Watson ends up costing Browns a little more
The price for Deshaun Watson went up for the Cleveland Browns in 24 hours. Cleveland's trade for the legally entangled quarterback became official Sunday, when the Browns finalized the complex deal and released statements from owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam explaining their decision to add him to their roster following the team's own extensive investigation. A three-time Pro Bowler, Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by 22 female massage therapists.news.yahoo.com
AP source: Browns to trade Keenum, sign Brissett as backup
The Browns' quarterback carousel spun again Saturday. While Cleveland waits to officially welcome Deshaun Watson, the team agreed to trade backup quarterback Case Keenum to Buffalo and sign free agent QB Jacoby Brissett, a person familiar with the deals told The Associated Press. The Browns are sending Keenum to the Bills for a seventh-round draft pick in 2022, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade.news.yahoo.com