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Roger Goodell: NFL investigation of Deshaun Watson ‘ongoing’

2021-10-27 17:46:19 GMT+00:00 – Nothing to report is the standing of the NFL’s investigation into Deshaun Watson’s alleged off-field conduct, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated, describing the league probe into the Houston Texans’ quarterback as “ongoing.”

Watson has been the topic of a authorized investigation in Houston with allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct from 22 girls who filed civil lawsuits.

Goodell stated the NFL continues to assemble data whereas being aware of not interfering with the police investigation, which stays energetic.

“Obviously, the police have been investigating, and we don’t have access to all of that information at this point in time,” Goodell stated Tuesday on the NFL proprietor’s conferences. “We pride ourselves on not interfering in that and in being as cooperative as we can in order to get all the facts. I think that process is still ongoing.”

Goodell has authority to put Watson on the commissioner’s exempt checklist at any time when, or if, the league determines his standing warrants forcing him to be away from the workforce.

Use of the exempt checklist is not frequent. Goodell did train it to bench then-Minnesota Vikings working again Adrian Peterson amid a felony indictment for reckless or negligent harm of his son in 2014. Peterson acquired his full wage however was barred from all workforce actions, together with exercises and practices.

Prior to that, Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles) and Jonathan Vilma (New Orleans Saints) have been “unrostered” utilizing the exemption.

Should the Texans try and take motion on Watson’s commerce demand, the NFL may resolve to step in and make a agency choice on making him inactive through the investigation.

To date, league involvement hasn’t been needed. Watson was inactive for all seven video games this season and the Texans are usually not planning to make him energetic.

Tuesday is the NFL commerce deadline and the Texans are reportedly asking for 3 first-round picks for Watson.

Watson has a no-trade clause and has solely waived it for the Miami Dolphins. Watson reportedly vetoed a commerce to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Carolina Panthers, in the meantime, are reportedly not pursuing a deal for Watson. The Panthers traded for present starter Sam Darnold within the offseason, however benched him throughout a 25-3 street loss on Sunday to the New York Giants, the workforce’s fourth straight loss.

–Field Level Media

Dec 27, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rolls out of the pocket against the Cincinnati Bengals during the third quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports