More than two years after Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was suspended 

for the first six games of the 2022 season for violating the league's personal-conduct policy,

The ruling was made Monday by disciplinary official Sue L. Robinson, jointly with the NFL and the NFL Players Association. Charged with ruling on the case and administering any punishment,

the league heard arguments from attorneys for the union and Watson during a three-day hearing held in his home state of Delaware in late June.

In the days leading up to Robinson's decision, although Robinson, a former U.S. district judge, noted that the NFL had recommended Watson be suspended for at least the 2022 season

he said he was "bound by the standards of fairness and consistency of conduct between players" in his decision.

Settlement talks were engaged in, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano, but neither side ever felt they were close to an agreement.

Robinson's decision requires Watson to have no other messages than those directed by club staff. Watson also "may not have any adverse involvement with law enforcement and may not commit any additional violations of policy."

As of March 2021, 25 civil lawsuits have been filed against Watson, accusing her of acts ranging from inappropriate behavior during massage sessions to sexual assault.

Watson, 26, has previously denied any wrongdoing and that any sex with the women was consensual. Two Texas grand juries declined to indict Watson on criminal charges filed by 10 women.

Most of it will. Watson will forfeit a total of $345,000 in game checks from the six-game suspension. Looks like he'll keep the rest. Along with Watson's contract was a disclosure form addressing "Article 42," which deals with allegations already made -- specifically in the contract.

Given that Robinson has already elected against an indefinite suspension, the CBA does not provide clear guidelines for such a situation. That said, the NFL had the opportunity to present the remaining active lawsuits to Robinson.