The Browns have released a statement following the recent ruling on Deshaun Watson’s suspension. The team’s new quarterback will miss his first six games in Cleveland, barring an appeal from the NFL.
That appeal would need to come within three days of Monday’s decision.
At the moment, the Browns and Watson have to be happy with the way things worked out. Despite the courts saying that Watson’s behavior was the “most egregious” non-violent sexual assault case presented by the NFL, the judge leaned on past precedent when handing down punishment.
That result was the six-game absence, which looks a lot better than the original reports of a possible year-long ban. The quarterback also benefitted from his new contract with the Browns, as he’s set to lose just $345,000 in 2022 should the suspension stand.
With the sports world reacting to the recent ruling, many have awaited a statement from the team that signed Watson to the largest guaranteed contract in league history.
The Browns ownership did respond Monday afternoon with a note from Jimmy Haslam.
“Throughout this process, Deshaun and his representatives have abided by the newly created and agreed upon process for the NFLPA and NFL to defer to the objective Judge Sue L. Robinson to comprehensively review all information and make a fair decision. We respect Judge Robinson’s decision, and at the same time, empathize and understand that there have been many individuals triggered throughout this process. We know Deshaun is remorseful that this situation has caused much heartache to many, and he will continue the work needed to show who he is on and off the field, and we will continue to support him.”
Fans react to the Browns’ statement on Deshaun Watson’s suspension
Fans have been quick to blast the Browns for their statement on social media. The courts actually stated that Watson did not show remorse for his actions, opposite of what Haslam says.
aaaaand now here’s the real, unbiased take about Deshaun’s level of remorse pic.twitter.com/N4MHW4kVlA
— Dior (@DiorXBT) August 1, 2022
Many noted the language of the statement when speaking on the victims. In particular, they keyed in on the word “triggered.”
“Triggered” 😂 That term is usually pretty derogatory.
— Scott Dozier (@jscottdoz) August 1, 2022
Also, the use of the word "triggered" is just perfect for this entire situation.
— z-Buffalo Bills (O 11.5) (@CJLoper) August 1, 2022
Many individuals triggered pic.twitter.com/k7Z0Bzk10b
— Dude Diligence (@JetsNihilist) August 1, 2022
“Triggered” they got comedians running the Browns?
— Paul G (@PaulGonzalez10) August 1, 2022
“Triggered”. Like that is not a real and painful thing and the judge actually said he was not remorseful
— Amy (@Amy11074) August 1, 2022
Triggered? That’s one way to put it…
— Lee (@DevyDynastyGuy) August 1, 2022
Interesting comments from Jimmy Halsam, for sure.
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