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the Report. On behalf of the NFL, one of its investigators defined the term at the evidentiary

hearing as the “unwanted sexual contact with another person.”15 The NFL contends that Mr.

Watson committed sexual assault by allegedly “touching [his] penis to the women without their

consent.”16 As it is the NFL’s prerogative to impose the Policy on its players, I am bound to

accept the NFL’s definition of sexual assault. Therefore, it is the NFL’s burden to prove that it is

more likely true than not that: (1) Mr. Watson intended to cause contact with his penis; (2) he

did so for a sexual purpose; and (3) he knew that such contact was unwanted.

many undisputed facts. For instance, there is no dispute that Mr. Watson used Instagram to

contact these therapists, and that he was clearly identified to them as a player for the NFL

through Instagram.17 There is also no dispute that he reached out for private massage sessions

with women whose professional qualifications were unknown to him, nor were their professional

qualifications explored by him.18 Mr. Watson always forecast his desire that certain areas of his

body be massaged, including his lower back, glutes, abs, and groin area.19 In all four cases, the

therapists were willing to go forward with the massage; however, none of the therapists were

willing to offer him massage services again.20 Finally, there is no dispute that Mr. Watson

15 Tr. at 483:20-484:19. 16 Id. 17 Report, Exs. J, O, S, GG. 18 Report, Ex. F at 161:9-12; Ex.H at 246:9-21. 19 Report, Ex. F at 170:8-172:5; Ex. T. 20 It should be noted in this regard that multiple therapists conducted multiple massage sessions with Mr. Watson or agreed to work with him again. See Watson brief at 4 n.26. Although one of the four therapists here massaged Mr. Watson twice, the NFL only relies on the second session as a basis for discipline. See Watson Ex. 83 at 218:20- 219:7.

As noted above, the conduct of “sexual assault” is not defined in the CBA, the Policy, or

The record presented by the NFL to support its allegations of sexual assault includes

(1) Conduct that Qualifies as a Sexual Assault


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Artemi Panarin’s scoreless streak grows to 12 games in Rangers’ loss



Artemi Panarin has gone 12 straight games without a goal after failing to score in the Rangers’ stunning 4-3 loss to the reeling Oilers on Saturday afternoon at the Garden. The 12 games tied the longest scoring drought of the Russian wing’s NHL career.

Game 12 likely stung more than the previous 11, however, considering Panarin thought he had scored twice.

Panarin had one of his more active games of the season, in two of the three periods at least. In addition to assisting on Chris Kreider’s second-period tally, Panarin posted two shots on goal and one takeaway. Both of his shots came in the first period.

The first came on a power play. Panarin wired one home from the right faceoff circle and had a look of relief rush upon his face. But Edmonton challenged for offside and the goal was rescinded after the replay revealed that Panarin never fully crossed the puck into the offensive zone before Vincent Trocheck entered.

Artemi Panarin reacts during the Rangers’ loss to the Oilers.
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“Yeah, especially when I can’t score the last [11] games,” Panarin said when asked if he was frustrated. “Posts or something, always something. Just keep doing what I usually do. Try not to lose confidence. That’s the most important thing.”

Braden Schneider also had a goal negated after the Oilers challenged for goalie interference, which proved to be the case when replays showed Ryan Carpenter had made contact with Oilers goalie Jack Campbell in the blue crease.

Panarin later smacked a one-timer from the other faceoff circle and Campbell slid over to get in front of it just in time. It was unclear if the puck went in or not, so the refs got on the headsets with the situation room to give it a second look before it was officially deemed not a goal.

Panarin skated on the right wing of the top line next to Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider , similar to how the Rangers lined up at the end of their 3-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim on Wednesday and again in practice on Friday. That left Trocheck to center Jimmy Vesey and Barclay Goodrow. The Kid Line of Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko remained intact, while the fourth line featured Sammy Blais, Ryan Carpenter and Julien Gauthier.

Vitali Kravtsov was scratched for a seventh straight game despite taking part in warmups Saturday afternoon. Additionally, Libor Hajek replaced Zac Jones on the left side of the bottom defensive pair alongside Braden Schneider. Jones had played in the previous three games and seemed primed to get a run in the lineup, as Hajek already had, but  head coach Gerard Gallant opted to switch it up.

The Rangers dropped to 8-2-1 when scoring first this season after giving up four unanswered tallies in the third period.

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Rob Gronkowski plays baseball with marshmallows in supermarket: ‘Holy smokes’



Former superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski showed off his prowess in a different sport: baseball.

While in a Sprouts Farmers Markert, the five-time Pro Bowler was recorded hitting a marshmallow into a sea of gawking people. Gronkowski even earned enough respect to be posted by MLB’s Twitter account, who captioned the video: “POV: You go to the store to get milk and Gronk is in produce crushing dingers.”

The gimmick took multiple attempts to successfully complete, with Gronk using a loaf of bread as a bat. During one trial, the bread slid out of its sleeve and flew to a customer – who later got it signed.

Gronkowski tried again and finally made contact by sending the marshmallow deep. Among a crowd of oohs and ahs, the former Patriots and Buccaneers tight end proudly saluted his hit.

Gronk hit dingers with marshmallows in a supermarket.
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“Holy smokes,” one person in the video said.

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Michigan’s Mike Sainristil plants flag on Ohio State’s ‘O’ after beat-down



The tables have turned.

After Ohio State had dominated its Big Ten rivalry against Michigan for a sustained stretch, the Wolverines have pulled off two in a row, executing a 45-23 demolition in Columbus on Saturday.

Following the game, senior defensive back Mike Sainristil, who had seven tackles on Saturday, planted the Michigan flag directly in the center of the ‘O’ in the middle of Ohio Stadium.

The Big Ten East was on the line in the matchup, and there was some chippiness. Ohio State tight end Gee Scott Jr. head-butted a Michigan defender in the third quarter.

The star for Michigan was running back Donovan Edwards, who saw increased time after an injury forced starter Blake Corum to miss the game, and he seized it. Edwards carried the ball 22 times for 216 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback J.J. McCarthy completed 12 of his 24 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Cornelius Johnson caught four balls for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The tables have turned for Jim Harbaugh, whose Michigan Wolverines have defeated Ohio State two straight years after Harbaugh started the rivalry 0-5.
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For Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, it has been a dramatic reversal of fortunes in the past two seasons. Harbaugh lost his first five matchups to Ohio State, and before the 2021 season took a pay cut, going from $8 million in base pay to $4 million, in order to remain on the job.

Michigan now will head to Indianapolis next Saturday to vie for the Big Ten championship against an opponent still to be determined; a win for the Wolverines would cement a berth in the College Football Playoff.

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