The 23rd civil lawsuit was filed last week against Cleveland Browns midfielder Deshaun Watson for sexual abuse. When you read this, this number can be 24.
Earlier this month, a pair of accusers appeared alongside Bryant Gumbel at HBO’s Real Sports to detail their experiences with Watson. These stories led the 23rd woman to sue.
They are not the only charges. Sports Illustrated has investigated additional reports by Watson of sexual abuse of anonymous massage therapists for fear of repression.
Watson has denied all charges. He did it in black and white: He speaks the truth; 23 accusers lie. “I have never attacked, disrespected or insulted any woman in my life,” Watson told an introductory press conference after his trade with Cleveland.
Which begs the question: Does the Browns believe Deshaun Watson? The team that gave him the richest contract in NFL history has yet to respond.
The Browns then completed an in-house investigation before trading five project options, including three first rounds for Watson, which they donated with a newly struck, record-breaking $ 250 million deal. At Watson’s press conference, Browns general manager Andrew Berry said the team was “comfortable” with the amount of work it put in to investigate the allegations against Watson. Didn’t they ask him? he believed accused or accused.
When the number of women who filed a civil or criminal complaint against Watson, those who were independently investigated but did not file a legal complaint, and those who withdrew their claims after their names were released, the total number of women who accused Watson of various sexual misconducts approached 30.
At the same press conference, Watson reiterated that he had never “disrespected” a woman four times – only once in a year.
Does the Cleveland Browns believe in Deshaun Watson?
HBO’s Real Sports interview did not reveal any new information. What HBO did was show the emotions of the accusers in a way that the text could not. The two women were forced to relive moments of shame, embarrassment and fear in public.
Kyla Hayes explained in detail her massage with Watson. “He wanted me to do some kind of V-movement in the pelvis,” he said. “So return from his belly to his thighs and stomach. I just continued to massage and asked her to do so until my penis kept touching me over and over again. As my hands moved, she moved her penis back and forth. ”
Kyle said Watson’s penis intentionally touched his hand and emptied. “It was embarrassing, embarrassing and disgusting.”
Another massage therapist, Ashley Solis, described how she was “really scared” at the end of her session with Watson. He simply said, “I know you have a secure career.” And “I know I don’t want anyone to interfere with me, just as you don’t want anyone to interfere with me,” Solis said. “It sounded like a threat to me.”
The Real Sports segment encouraged other women to move forward. “It simply came to our notice then [HBO] The plaintiff was amazed at the victims’ courage to step forward and speak out, and was extremely dissatisfied with Watson and his legal team’s ill-treatment and revision of the plaintiffs, ”the lawsuit said last week. “But it was Watson himself who still ‘has no regrets’ and claimed he made no mistake.”
Does the Browns believe Deshaun Watson?
Logically, there are three answers:
Browns et Watson believes and believes that more than 20 masseurs try to lower the quarterback for some kind of personal gain, material or other purpose.
Browns do not He believes in Watson, but believes that his behavior will not rise to the worst standards. He has not been charged with any misconduct or will not do so in the future.
Browns do not Watson and they believe not paying attention – because they are well hidden behind the shield of collective interest to continue in the next century of touches, talents and victories, pawnshops and parades, as yet undisclosed initiatives, social work and social media.
Browns explains the actions. They were left out of the trade win for Watson before returning at the last hour with an unprecedented offer: a five-year, fully guaranteed, $ 230 million contract for the first time in NFL history.
Watson sued the league. The teams surrendered at the Atlanta Hotel to reunite She once Texas allowed trade, not vice versa. Presentations were made. Frame constructions were discussed. The croissant was eaten. The red carpets rolled. Excessive contracts offered to a player who can help them by owners who can’t help themselves. Four teams fought on the altar: the Saints, the Panthers, the Falcons, and the Browns, all of whom met Watson in person. Eleven teams were interested in its availability and price tag. Their haste to bargain was not civil, but sporting.
The Browns won the show – mainly thanks to the ugly fine print on their offerings. They agreed to artificially reduce Watson’s salary for the upcoming season to limit the financial blow to Watson in the event of a suspension.
Watson paid $ 9 million a quarter when the $ 230 million contract was signed. He will pay $ 55 million a year from 2023 to 2026, regardless of whether he is suspended by the league. His salary for the upcoming season? $ 1 mln. The treaty acknowledges that it expects some from the Cleveland hierarchy a form of suspension this season.
If they believed that Watson had never disrespected women, would they have included such a clause – such an incentive?
The NFL’s current investigation into Watson remains open, with no timeline for when it will end – new charges could be a delay in any decision. That’s what we do. In America, where the justice system cannot find the right way to judge domestic violence or sexual assault, we ask football to do it better. NFL investigations work regardless of the law. They do not use the standards of criminal or civil law to decide a case. They use their own standards: Has this violated the Amorphous Personal Behavior Policy?
The most recent CBA, which ends in March 2020, includes the Disciplinary Officer, who makes the initial decision on whether the player will be penalized and for how long. The Disciplinary Officer is hired and paid together by the league and the NFLPA, a major change to the previous protocol, which is completely managed by the commissioner.
After the decision of the disciplinary officer, the Commissioner or the person appointed by him shall continue to have full authority on the appeal. Depending on the language of the policy, the Commissioner has broad powers to review, reconsider or overturn a Disciplinary Officer’s decision.
Any financial penalty depends on the period of suspension. The league does not impose a fine on the offender. Instead, the player is suspended for a certain week, and the player loses his weekly salary as part of the suspension. By lowering Watson’s salary into the future and including an uninterrupted language in his contract, the Browns agreed to instill a defender against any potential financial penalties the league could impose on him.
There are no specific reports on the NFL’s thinking. Watson imposed a shadow ban last year: He was not officially suspended; nor was it included in the “commissioner’s released list.” Instead, Watson was asked to stay away from the Texas building, but he still received his full salary. Will the league affect this over time?
You can read the tea leaves to see where this goes. According to Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr, the Browns are scheduled to play only two national television games next season, despite adding one of the game’s stars in the most influential (and popular) position and playing in one of the league’s most competitive, nationally relevant games. sections. The Seahawks, led by Drew Lock, will be more than the Browns this season.
There is no need for one of the league’s research teams to understand that this is likely to happen, as table developers have speculated that Watson will not exist.
Watson’s suspension can vary from a few weeks to half of the season all year round. It’s convincing that the NFL can follow in MLB’s footsteps: Baseball recently sentenced Trevor Bauer to 324 games and two years in prison under the league’s domestic violence policy. It was an unprecedented decision for the American Sports League and ended Bauer’s career due to allegations of sexual harassment.
The NFL could take a similar position, especially if they want to punish the Browns for trying to compensate for any penalty thanks to the structure of the Watson contract.
The league and the law will work. With the trade and the signing of a new contract, the Browns have already openly admitted that they have reached out to them.
Watson’s accusations did not drag him into the murky waters of gossip, a typical game book for the rich and powerful. He did not claim that there was a misunderstanding. His claim is that the allegations are false, neither if nor. He says he “never” showed disrespect a woman – leave it alone 30. The Browns offered nonsense and strong nonsense before answering the obvious tracking question straight: Do they believe Deshaun Watson?