In a turn of events with a big impact on the 2022 regular season, a significant agreement has been made in the civil lawsuits against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
According to Adam Ferrise of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the lawyers handling the case have agreed to push the trials until after the 2022 NFL season. Per the report, no trials will be scheduled between August 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023.
This means that Watson’s 2022 campaign will not be interrupted in any way by court dates or appearances. However, there is still the possibility that some or all of the cases may be settled out of court.
That isn’t to say that Watson won’t see the inside of a courtroom before August 1. Plaintiff attorney Tony Buzbee told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he is eyeing a trial date in July.
But this deal will apparently ensure that any trial doesn’t extend into the 2022 NFL season.
None of the 22 pending civil cases against Deshaun Watson will go to trial during the 2022 season. https://t.co/GfnyKRt3Wb
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 10, 2022
Deshaun Watson has maintained his innocence through all of the allegations. He and his legal team have said on numerous occasions that they will not settle with the 22 plaintiffs and intend to clear his name.
Meanwhile, the NFL has yet to decide on any sort of punishment for violating their personal conduct policy. The league has been conducting their own investigation, but have been dragging it on for over a year now.
If nothing happens before August 1, we can probably assume that nothing else will happen until spring of next year.
Will Deshaun Watson settle any of the cases against him?
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