On Sunday, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will return to the field for the first time in nearly two years. This comes after an 11-game suspension and $5 million fine imposed by the NFL after more than two dozen female massage therapists filed allegations against him ranging from sexual misconduct to sexual assault.
The allegations stem from incidents that occurred in 2020 and 2021, while Watson was a quarterback for the Houston Texans. And while he doesn’t face criminal charges, the sheer number of women coming forward with similar accounts is striking – but not, striking enough to deter Cleveland from signing Watson -in time for the 2022 season -with a five-year $230 million deal
The NFL has faced criticism in the past for how it handles cases like Watson’s, and many critics say the fine and suspension don’t go far enough.
Host Michel Martin speaks with Kevin Blackstione, a sports columnist for the Washington Post and ESPN panelist, about how the NFL might better handle allegations of player misconduct against women.