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In the wake of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson finding a six-game suspension following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released a statement on Monday addressing your choice.
The Haslams acknowledged Watson’s cooperation with the NFL investigation and said they “will continue steadily to support” the 26-year-old in the years ahead.
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The Haslams’ statement had not been well-received online:
Field Yates @FieldYates
The final time we heard from Deshaun Watson was on June 14 when he said: “Like I said, I never assaulted anyone. I never harassed anyone. I never disrespected anyone. I never forced one to do anything.”
At what point has he expressed any public remorse? https://t.co/l9HZ8nvKtL
Jeff Schultz @JeffSchultzATL
Im troubled by way of a large amount of things in this statement but mostly Deshaun is remorseful because to my knowledge he’s got never admitted he did anything wrong. https://t.co/8HFJJcjqt8
Adam Crowley @_adamcrowley
“Triggered” is really a choice. Watson also offers not expressed remorse. He’s denied at every turn. https://t.co/L9M01cIL3g
Former U.S. district judge Sue L. Robinson made a decision to suspend Watson for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He’ll not be fined, and the suspension won’t have a significant effect on him financially.
The Browns signed Watson to a completely guaranteed five-year, $230 million extension if they acquired him from the Houston Texans, but he’s only making $1.035 million in 2022. Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Watson will eventually lose $345,000 of his salary this season.
Since March 2021, a complete of 25 lawsuits were filed against Watson by women who have been hired to execute massages while he played for the Texans. The ladies accused Watson of sexual assault or misconduct, and even though he denied the allegations, he’s got reached settlements in 23 of the cases.
On Monday, attorney Tony Buzbee told ESPN’s John Barr that three of the rest of the four civil lawsuits were settled. One woman dropped her suit because of privacy concerns.
In explaining her decision for the six-game suspension, Robinson said Watson’s “pattern of behavior was egregious” but remarked that his behavior was “nonviolent sexual conduct.” She added that Watson should only pursue massages from Browns personnel.
The NFL and NFLPA have three days to choose if they desire to appeal the ruling. The league said it really is reviewing your choice to find out “next steps.” The players association said Sunday that it could not appeal your choice and asked the league to accomplish exactly the same.