Sport Browns statement on 'remorseful' Deshaun Watson contradicts QB's words, Judge Robinson's ruling
Watson Reports to Browns Training Camp While Awaiting Ruling
The three-time Pro Bowler showed up with the rest of Cleveland’s quarterbacks despite not knowing his status for the 2022 season. Editors’ note: This story contains accounts of sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or at https://www.rainn.org.The Browns rookies and quarterbacks reported to CrossCountry Mortgage Campus for training camp on Friday. Among the team’s group of signal callers was Deshaun Watson, despite not currently knowing h Watson is waiting for a ruling from Sue L.
Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released a statement on Monday that they "respect"of independent hearing officer to suspend Deshaun Watson six games in the aftermath of multiple .
In it, they described Watson as "remorseful," a characterization that contradicts Watson's own words and Robinson's conclusion in her 16-page decision.
After overseeing a three-day disciplinary hearing, Robinson ruled that Watson violated the NFL's personal conduct policy for his alleged actions with massage therapists who accused him of varying degrees of sexual misconduct. The six-game ban fell short ofof at least a year-long suspension for Watson. It also appeared to meet the approval of the NFLPA, while urging the NFL to do the same.
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Robinson stated in her ruling released on Monday that Watson's “pattern of behavior was egregious” but that it was “nonviolent sexual conduct" in explaining the length of the suspension.
Haslams: Watson is 'remorseful'
In their statement, the Haslams — whowith an NFL record for guaranteed money — praised Robinson's decision as "fair" then touted Watson as "remorseful" — a conclusion that Robinson didn't reach.
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"We respect Judge Robinson's decision, and at the same time, empathize and understand that there have been many individuals triggered throughout this process," the Haslams' statement reads. "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."
Deshaun Watson's suspension betrays a misunderstanding of sexual violence
On Monday morning, retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson handed down the initial suspension for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The six-game suspension, given the sheer number of women who have claimed that Watson engaged in unwanted sexual advances against them, will make nobody who believes that the NFL doesn’t care about violence against women feel any better about the entire situation. © Syndication: Akron Beacon Journal 18. Cleveland Browns: .495 It is important to note that Robinson’s ruling is not the NFL’s ruling.
Here's what Robinson wrote in her decision regarding Watson's remorse.
“With respect to what the appropriate discipline should be, I note that there are aggravating factors applicable to Mr. Watson, that is, his lack of expressed remorse and his tardy notice to the NFL of the first-filed lawsuit,’’.
Watson in March: 'I don't have any regrets'
As for that "lack of remorse," Watson has repeatedly demonstrated it when asked to address the allegations against him. Duringin March, Watson denied that he assaulted anybody and declared that he doesn't have any regrets.
Deshaun Watson, asked if he has any regrets: "I don't have any regrets. Like I said, the things off the field right now that came up caught me by surprise because I never did anything that these people are alleging."
Watson Suspension: Last-Minute Settlement Talks, Next Steps
The NFL must now weigh several factors as the league decides whether to appeal a suspension lighter than it wanted. There’s a passage in Sue L. Robinson’s 15-page decision on Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson that cuts to the heart of how she felt the NFL wanted the disciplinary process to go. It’s one that can also illuminate where things go next.“The NFL may be a ‘forward-facing’ organization, but it is not necessarily a forward-looking one,” she wrote. “Just as the NFL responded to violent conduct after a public outcry, so it seems the NFL is responding to yet another public outcry about Mr.— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate)
"I don't have any regrets," Watson said on March 25. "Like I said before, the things off the field right now that came up caught me by surprise because I never did anything that these people are alleging."
"I never assaulted anyone,". "I never disrespected anyone."
When asked on June 14 at a news conference if he stood by his March statements, Watson said this:
“Like I said, I never assaulted anyone. I never harassed anyone. I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything.”
He did amend his statement on "regret," telling reporters that his regrets include the "impact" on a list of people including Browns management, teammates and fans. He didn't extend his regret to his accusers or note precisely what exactly it is that he regrets. He also said that the "impact" "triggered" people, language that's reflected in the Haslams' statement on Monday.
Deshaun Watson, asked if he still stood by his March 25 statement that he had “never disrespected” any woman in his life and that he had “no regrets” about any of his actions during any of the massage sessions:— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter)
Theif it deems Watson's punishment insufficient. It that it is "reviewing Judge Robinson’s imposition of a six-game suspension and will make a determination on next steps."
Waiting game: Watson, Browns open camp as NFL ruling looms .
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Deshaun Watson's first practice of training camp with the Browns was unusual: indoors, helmetless and brief. He did take snaps with the starters. It's unclear if it will stay that way. Cleveland's controversial quarterback practiced Wednesday as the Browns began preparing for the upcoming season still not knowing if Watson will be suspended by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy. Watson has been accused by two dozen massage therapists in Texas of sexual misconduct, and the three-time Pro Bowler faces possible punishment from league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, who has been weighing his case for weeks.