- Deshaun Watson recently settled with 20 of his 24 accusers.
- The NFL’s investigation into the embattled QB continues, though.
- Reports indicate the league will look to suspend the 26-year-old for “at least” one season.
With Deshaun Watson’s disciplinary hearing with the NFL set to finally begin on Tuesday, reports about what sort of punishment the NFL will pursue have begun to leak out.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, the NFL is looking to suspend Watson “indefinitely”, with the suspension “lasting for at least a year.” The report comes just a few days after Watson settled with 20 of the 24 women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Following the bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal, NFL fans took to social media to react to the news, with a majority of the focus seemingly placed on the Cleveland Browns and the stupidity that led them to make such an acquisition.
NFL world reacts to reports that the league will look to suspend Deshaun Watson for “at least” one full season
Please do our fractured society a favor, @bakermayfield:
Record the call from the Browns asking you to play for them this season so we can join together as one & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh & laugh along with you
— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) June 26, 2022
If Deshaun Watson gets suspended for a year or more (and he should), I really feel for long-suffering Browns fans. I don’t feel for that organization – which made one of the most asinine signings in NFL history.
— Glen Macnow (@RealGlenMacnow) June 27, 2022
The Deshaun Watson signing may be the dumbest fucking thing I’ve ever seen. And the Browns richly deserve every bad thing they’ve got coming to them. Their fans don’t, but the organization does.
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) June 27, 2022
Baker Mayfield after Deshaun Watson gets suspended for the season pic.twitter.com/oSV7MWVB7W
— 𝐑 𝐀 𝐂 𝐇 𝐀 𝐋 (@rach_elizabethh) June 26, 2022
No matter how many games Watson is suspended, the Browns don’t get a pass for missing the playoffs this season. They were in win now mode last season and chose to play a disabled QB all season. They’re in win now mode this season also. No excuses for poor decisions #Browns pic.twitter.com/scZd9IRXGJ
— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) June 26, 2022
somewhat satisfying the Browns won’t have Deshaun Watson OR Baker Mayfield this season and will be forced to watch Jacoby Brissett’s awful ass for 17 games
— Kev Mahserejian (@RotoSurgeon) June 27, 2022
i hope deshaun watson never plays another snap of football in the nfl. good riddance
— noam chomsky was right (@andre_whess) June 26, 2022
Andrew Berry after Deshaun Watson’s indefinite suspension pic.twitter.com/fmFUmcfXFz
— NYJ Matt (@NYJ_Matt) June 25, 2022
OH NAWW DESHAUN WATSON SUSPENDED FOR THE YEAR?? BROWNS WHAT HAPPENEDUHHH 😭
— TRUZZZ ✞ (@brandonleuschel) June 26, 2022
Regardless of what ultimately happens with Watson this season, the Browns’ decision to invest the future of their organization in him feels dumber and dumber with each passing week.
Not only did the Browns send three first-round picks (plus a third-rounder and a fourth-rounder) to the Texans for exchange for Watson, and not only did they alienate former #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, but they almost inexplicably signed Watson to a FULLY GUARANTEED 5-year, $230 million deal.
Even for an organization as infamously dysfunctional as the Cleveland Browns, if the NFL gets their way with the Deshaun Watson suspension, the team’s decision to acquire the QB might go down as one of the worst trades/contracts in the history of the league.