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Mar 9, 2023
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans will forfeit their unique fifth-round choice within the 2023 NFL draft and have been fined $175,000 for a wage cap reporting violation involving former quarterback Deshaun Watson, the NFL introduced Thursday.
After a evaluate, the NFL decided that the Texans supplied Watson compensation within the type of a membership at another athletic facility in 2020, early within the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Texans mentioned they “absorbed $26,777 in prices for participant advantages for using alternate athletic amenities.” The staff mentioned it understands that quantity “ought to have been charged as a substitute to participant salaries.”
Based on the collective bargaining settlement, groups should report any participant compensation or profit. The Texans imagine the cost did not present any wage cap benefit and seen it as an accounting error.
“The membership has totally cooperated with the league in its investigation of those issues and maintains that it had no intention to bypass any wage cap guidelines or acquire any form of aggressive benefit,” the Texans mentioned in an announcement. “Whereas we disagree with the league’s ruling, we’ll settle for the imposed self-discipline and transfer ahead.”
The NFL initially had taken a fourth-round choose from the Texans and fined them $250,000, however these penalties have been decreased on attraction, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
After shedding the fifth-round choice after which receiving a compensatory seventh-rounder later Thursday, the Texans now have 11 picks on this yr’s NFL draft, together with the Nos. 2 and 12 picks they obtained as a part of the commerce that despatched Watson to the Cleveland Browns in March 2022.
After that deal, the Browns signed Watson to a five-year, $230 million contract.
He was suspended for 11 video games for violating the league’s private conduct coverage by committing sexual assault, as outlined by the NFL, on therapeutic massage therapists. He was additionally fined $5 million and required to participate within the obligatory therapy program.
Watson was accused by greater than two dozen girls of sexual assault and different misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes earlier than he sat out the complete 2021 season. Over the summer time, he agreed to settle 23 of the 24 lawsuits in opposition to him. Two lawsuits in opposition to him are excellent, together with one filed Oct. 13. Two different girls filed prison complaints in opposition to Watson however didn’t sue him.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this report.