NFL is all about revenue.This is very dodgy. The NFL and Watson have agreed to a 11 game suspension and $5M fine. He has to go to counselling.
First game back will be Week 13 v the Texans would you believe.
Anyone else think this is pathetic? Can't see female fans being impressed with this at all. Surely a year at least should have been levied?
$5M out of a $230M contract is 2%......Pathetic.
Deshaun Watson is the star the NFL deserves: A cynical, empty narcissist
The NFL has a terminal contempt for little people. It specializes in the abuse of the powerless with impunity, and Deshaun Watson’s light suspension and mock penitence, which he couldn’t sustain for even a full sentence, was just another take-us-for-fools offense. Never has the syndrome been more apparent than in Watson’s head-clutching double talk following the announcement he will sit out 11 games and pay a $5 million fine. His non-apology was so sourly cynical and canned, such a combination of bad faith and bad breath, that it made you long for a Listerine rinse.
He’s sorry. No, he isn’t. He has learned. No, he hasn’t. He takes responsibility. No, he doesn’t. Watson’s utterly insincere written apology after allegedly exposing himself and perving on female massage therapists included everything but a dab at the eyes as he promised to work to become “the best version of myself on and off the field.” Blech. Then he held a news conference and contradicted all of it with a casualness that made it clear it was just hygiene theater.
“I’ve always stood on my innocence and always said I’ve never assaulted anyone or disrespected anyone,” Watson said. “…I’m going to continue to stand on my innocence.”
Asked if he was so innocent then why did he accept an 11-game suspension, he replied, “That was the legal side,” blithely waving it away with his hand. He agreed to it purely to “move on” with his life and his career after setting “pride aside.”
Now look here. Virtually no one suggested that Watson should never get to play again or be shunned forever — and it’s sinuous in the extreme to frame matters that way, as if the world demands too harsh a penalty from him.
Most assuredly Watson deserves a second chance, and nothing anyone does at the age of 26 should be the sum story of their life. But any thinking person must surely doubt whether a partial suspension that allows him to play the final third of the season, a fail-safe $230 million contract left almost untouched by penalty and a false apology and cleansing second-chance narrative calculated to wrap the story up with a bow will do the trick for the young man. Yet this was the convenient attitude also copped by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement: “Deshaun has committed to doing the hard work on himself.”
No, no he hasn’t. He hasn’t squarely apologized to — or even recognized — the women he abused. Clearly, they’re too far beneath him.
By people I’m guessing you’re talking about Mr & Ms. Jimmy Truckstop. I’m sooooo done with that team.annnndddd the tone deaf people at the Browns org put out that horrific statement talking about how people "may be triggered". that pr person should have been shitcanned.
so now w/ the Goodell / NFLPA sanctioned 11 game Watson suspension CBS losesCBS knows the NFL does not have an actual "independent disciplinary officer"
CBS has 13 of CLE's 17 regular season broadcasted games this year
of CLE's 13 broadcasted games, CBS has 5 of the 1st 6 CLE games this season
CBS has CLE's WK 7 game broadcast game
CBS gets 8 of it's 13 CLE broadcast committed games to showcase Watson and his package
CBS was looking down the barrel of 13 CLE broadcast games w/o Watson
CBS told Roger 6 games
I appreciated Watson's play, and I'd been a Browns Backer on the DL for years. They'd become as close to a "second team" as I had, because they had some charismatic talent and a nice underdog story. The Kareem Hunt signing put a stop to that, but I still couldn't help pull for them.By people I’m guessing you’re talking about Mr & Ms. Jimmy Truckstop. I’m sooooo done with that team.
Watson never won a big game in the NFL. EVA...more like, melted down further than my last Patty Melt. Maybe his new nickname should be in this realm?I appreciated Watson's play, and I'd been a Browns Backer on the DL for years. They'd become as close to a "second team" as I had, because they had some charismatic talent and a nice underdog story. The Kareem Hunt signing put a stop to that, but I still couldn't help pull for them.
Now this? I mean, the managerial stupidity of the signing on one hand, even apart from the moral/PR side, made me think they deserve what they get. But the way they've so carefully structured this to insulate him from facing any responsibility...I hope they get booed as much at home as on the road, and then the seats just start to empty over Watson's tenure.
his legend has grown with every minute he hasn't been playing. i wonder if people realize that between him, murray and jackson there is 1 playoff win qbed.Yeah, count me among those who always thought that Watson was just barely above average. And by that, maybe 14th-15th.