The hearing of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson before a disciplinary officer will begin on Tuesday.

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The hearing of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson before NFL and NFLPA-appointed disciplinary officer Sue Robinson begins on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Saturday.

Watson faces potential discipline from the NFL, which is investigating independently whether he violated the league’s personal-conduct policy following allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour during massage sessions.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Watson had reached settlements with 20 of the 24 women who had filed civil lawsuits against him for alleged sexual misconduct.

Watson has previously denied any wrongdoing and maintained that any sexual encounters with the women were voluntary. Ten women filed criminal complaints against Watson in Texas, but two grand juries have declined to indict him.

In May, Watson met with league investigators.

Watson told Browns reporters on June 14: “I met with the NFL a few weeks ago, and I did everything they asked me to do, and I answered every question the NFL asked me truthfully.” “I spent hours with the people they brought down, and all I can do is tell them the truth about what transpired. I am aware that they have a job, so I am obligated to respect that; cooperating is what we wished to achieve. They must make a decision that will benefit the league.”

Since the 2020 season, when he was with the Houston Texans, Watson has not participated in an NFL game. Watson sat out the 2021 season after requesting a trade from Houston prior to March 2021, when allegations of sexual misconduct first surfaced.

In March 2022, the Browns acquired Watson via trade and guaranteed him a five-year, $230 million contract.