NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson has ordered Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson to be suspended without pay for six games, the league confirmed to NPR on Monday.

The punishment comes after 24 women accused Watson of sexual misconduct, sparking civil lawsuits and putting the star quarterback on the sidelines in 2021.

The six-game suspension is "the most significant punishment ever imposed on an NFL player for allegations of non-violent sexual conduct

" Robinson said in her decision, adding that "Mr. Watson's pattern of conduct is more egregious than any before reviewed by the NFL."

Robinson found Watson responsible for "multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy

Specifically, she said the NFL had proven that Watson engaged in: sexual assault

conduct that poses a danger to another person; and conduct that undermines the integrity of the NFL.

The accusations against Watson came from some of the more than 60 massage therapists he worked with in one 15-month period, from late 2019 through the winter of 2021.

Robinson said that in making appointments with massage therapists, Watson "had a sexual purpose — not just a therapeutic purpose."