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The NFL will likely seek a suspension for an entire season for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, said a source with knowledge of the league's internal investigation.

The NFL Players' Association is expecting Watson to be hit with "unprecedented" punishment for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Watson will likely be suspended for an entire season or until the lawsuits have been settled, the source told The Association Press.

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The NFLPA is defending Watson and will point out the league's double-standard for its owners if Watson is suspended for a full season.

24 massage therapists have filed lawsuits against Watson and 2 more accusers have stepped forward.

A source in Watson's camp cautioned the media to be "careful" about specifying how long the suspension will last.

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The FBI reportedly questioned at least one of the women about her allegations.

Houston Police Detective Kamesha Baker explained the FBI's involvement in the case during a deposition earlier this month. Baker, who questioned 10 of the accusers, said the FBI is investigating whether Watson is being extorted by the women.

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Over 60 women have acknowledged providing masseuse services to the Cleveland Browns quarterback.

On Tuesday, Watson continued to deny the allegations.

"I never assaulted anyone," Watson said. "I never harassed anyone or I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything."

In a deposition last month, Watson admitted making massage therapist Ashley Solis cry by exposing himself to her after a massage session.

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Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for the entire 2022 season for betting on Falcons games.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell dropped the hammer after a league investigation discovered Ridley was betting on Falcons games using his cell phone while in Florida.

All of the bets were placed between Nov. 23-28.

Ridley, 27, did not play in the games that he bet on. He was on leave from the team for mental health reasons.

Twitter followers noticed a cryptic tweet by Ridley on March 6, before his suspension was announced.

Ridley tweeted "I learn from my Ls."

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Ridley tweeted again after his suspension was announced on Monday, Mar. 7.

"I bet [$1,500] total. I don't have a gambling problem," he wrote. "I couldn't even watch football at that point. Just gone be more healthy when I come back."

He added: "I know I was wrong But I'm getting 1 year lol [sic]. If you know me you know my character."

Athletes betting on games is usually a firing offense in all major sports. NBA legend Michael Jordan was allowed to "retire" when a league investigation discovered he bet on NBA games.

And baseball legend Pete Rose was placed on the permanently ineligible list for inclusion in the Baseball Hall of Fame for betting on MLB games in the 1980s.

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An appeals officer upheld Myles Garrett's indefinite suspension for bashing Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet during a game last week.

Garrett attended the appeals hearing in New York City on Wednesday. He was suspended indefinitely without pay for using Rudolph's helmet "as a weapon." He was also fined $45,623, according to ESPN.

Appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a former NFL linebacker, decided the Cleveland Browns star's punishment was fair, despite Garrett's claims that he swung the helmet at Rudolph's head because the quarterback called him a racial slur.

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Rudolph, through his agent, "vehemently" denied the accusation. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett's claim and “found no such evidence."

Garrett never mentioned a racial slur in interviews after the game, even though reporters asked him whether Rudolph said anything to him.

Garrett stood by his claim in a Twitter post, saying he didn't want his accusation against Rudolph made public.

"I was assured that the hearing was space that afforded the opportunity to speak openly and honestly about the incident that led to my suspension," he wrote.

"This was not meant for public dissemination, nor was it a convenient attempt to justify my actions or restore my image in the eyes of those I disappointed. I know what I heard. Whether my opponent's comment was born out of frustration or ignorance, I cannot say. But his actions do not excuse my lack of restraint in the moment, and I truly regret the impact this has had on the league, the Browns and our devoted fans."

Garrett, who was considered the best player on the Browns team, will not play for the rest of the season and he will likely miss some games next year as well.

Steelers player Cameron Heyward defended Rudolph, suggesting Garrett made up an excuse to save his NFL career.

Heyward said Rudolph was "distraught" over Garrett's allegation. "Mason came to me and said, 'I did not say that.'"

Heyward added: "I think using any kind of racial slurs has no place in our country whatsoever, but I think fabricating a story where somebody used a racial slur is a lot more damaging."

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Myles Garrett is suspended indefinitely and will not suit up in a Cleveland Browns uniform for the rest of the season.

Maurkice Pouncey and Larry Ogunjobi were also suspended for their roles in the ugly brawl at the end of Thursday night's Browns vs Steelers game.

The sports world was shocked and saddened by the violent act committed by Garrett, who bashed Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph on the head with his own helmet.

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NFL spokesman Michael Signora tweeted the league's decision. Garrett is suspended indefinitely. Steelers center Pouncey has been suspended for three games for kicking Garrett, and Browns defensive tackle Ogunjobi has been suspended for one game for shoving Rudolph to the ground.

All three players are suspended without pay, Yahoo Sports reports. Each franchise has been fined $250,000.

ESPN's "First Take" host Stephen A. Smith agreed with the NFL's disciplinary action. "It's unfortunate, Myles Garrett has to be suspended for the rest of the season... as a Black man, we're going to be judged as a societal issue."

Garrett, a 23-year-old No. 1 overall NFL draft pick, tackled Rudolph, who no longer had the ball. Rudolph took exception to the late hit and began tussling with Garrett on the ground.

Garrett, not wanting to injure his fist on Rudulph's helmet, ripped the 10-pound helmet off Rudolph's head and beat him with it.

Sports analyst Adam Schefter did not mince words on ESPN's "Get Up", saying, "What we saw Thursday night was the closest thing to an on-field criminal act that there's ever been in NFL history."

Fans sitting at home were horrified to see a player rip a quarterback's helmet off and swing the helmet at his head. Such a criminal act was never seen before in the annals of NFL history.

One Twitter user wrote, "The disrespect of hitting a QB with his own helmet. I'm flabbergasted. I don't watch football like that, but that's crazy."

Another tweeted: "@PopeyesChicken, if you’re looking for a store manager, it looks like @MylesLGarrett will be free the rest of the year."

And a third user tweeted: "Bye Myles Garrett!! You don't deserve the privilege to play this game at any level. I'm disgusted!"

It's being reported that Rudolph's agents are considering taking legal action against Garrett.
 

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