Deshaun Watson cheered at Browns camp as National Women’s Organization blasts six-game suspension – OutKick
The two extremes, in terms of reactions, to Deshaun Watson’s suspension were seen on Monday after his six-game ban was announced.
NFL WORLD RESPONDS TO DESHAUN WATSON’S SUSPENSION OF 6 GAMES
Watson will be sidelined until Week 7 due to his connection to 24 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct at the QB.
For one thing, the Browns’ training camp was buzzing with cheers as Watson took to the field to participate in drills on Monday. The QB built up the excitement by pointing to the crowd and posing for the cameras.
Throughout training camps, Watson tacitly built his relationships with fans: showing up to sign autographs, interacting with the young fanatics in attendance, and handing out personal items for autographs.
Watson appeared seemingly oblivious to outside noise while on the pitch. However, some fans and observers have spoken out to chastise the QB for his alleged sexual misconduct and for the mild punishment meted out by.
One organization vociferously voicing its opposition to Watson amid his off-court allegations is the National Organization of Women (NOW).
The group released a statement on Monday in response to the “expected” lax punishment.
“It is unacceptable, insulting and dangerous – but not surprising – that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is facing a meager six-game suspension – without fine – following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women,” NOW announced.
“The NFL and the multi-billion dollar sports industry have a vested interest in allowing sexual misconduct, assault and violence. They even wrote it into Deshaun Watson’s $230 million contract. said the group.
“The Browns knew their star rookie would be suspended for at least part of this year’s season due to his sexual offense record,” the statement added, “and so they restructured his contract to make the majority of his $46 million in the first year as a “signing bonus” payment, unrelated to him playing actual games.
DESHAUN WATSON’S MASSAGE THERAPIST DAYS HAVE COME AND END
“Deshaun Watson must not be allowed to profit from his horrific behavior, and the NFL must change its business model that enables, enables and hides sexual misconduct to one that respects women and holds abusers accountable. Shame on the Cleveland Browns for rewarding Deshaun Watson and shame on the NFL for perpetuating a system where money talks and women aren’t heard.
Ashley Solis, one of the massage therapists accusing Watson of unwanted sexual advancements, previously condemned the Cleveland Browns for signing Watson to a five-year, $230.5 million contract while still under of an investigation into the 24 cases of misconduct. The team also fully secured the deal to establish their support for Watson amid his legal troubles.
The NFL now has three days since the decision to appeal the decision for a potentially longer suspension. Past statements from the NFLPA say the league hopes to leave the suspension as is.
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