Deshaun Watson’s Finally Received His Suspension From The NFL And Fans Can’t Seem To Make Sense Of It

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Six games. $345,00 worth of game checks.

That’s the punishment for Cleveland Browns quarterback following dozens of accusations of sexual assault that have followed him for the better part of the last year.

Watson will face no additional fines, though he will have to receive all his massages from the Cleveland Browns’ team massage therapists.

The suspension is significantly less than the reported ban of at least one year that the NFL was seeking. Though the NFL could still appeal the ruling.

Two of Watson’s accusers, Ashley Solis and Kyle Hayes spoke to HBO’s “Real Sports” following the ruling.

“It’s just like a big screw you,” they said. “That’s what it feels like. That we don’t care. He can run and throw, that’s what we care about about.”

“It was sick to me…I felt like he’s being rewarded for bad behavior.”

Watson’s six game suspension is the same that Ezekiel Elliott faced from the NFL in 2017 amid accusations of domestic violence. Though Elliott had just one accuser and lead NFL investigator Kia Roberts reportedly suggested no suspension in that case.

NFL fans are struggling to understand how the two cases resulted in similar punishments.

The ruling’s came down from different governing bodies, but the league still has the power to appeal the ruling and it would not be overly shocking to see it do so. For now, it seems that outside of Cleveland Browns fans, those around the league can’t seem to understand how the judge arrived at this number.

The current suspension puts Watson on track to return in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.