What Can We, The Fans, Do About Deshaun Watson?

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The rumors around a potential Watson suspension are starting to indicate that he will be suspended, but for less than a season. The Browns signed Josh Rosen, which is very much a move indicating that they think they’ll need quarterback help, but they don’t need that much quarterback help.

Many people have pointed out that a short suspension is actually worse than no suspension at all. A suspension of zero games wouldn’t necessarily be a comment on the crimes themselves, but on the evidence. It would send the message that the NFL simply couldn’t find enough evidence to justify a suspension. While this would still be a ridiculously terrible statement, it would be better than hand waving away sexual assault, which is what a short suspension would be saying.

Any suspension at all would signify that the NFL could determine that Watson did something wrong that was worthy of punishment. But if that punishment is short (like less than a season) they would say that despite believing that Watson did in fact commit these crimes, they’re not serious enough to warrant much more than a handful of games.

So if it does come to pass that Watson is given a short suspension, fans will be rightfully upset. On top of being upset, they’ll be frustrated. The NFL will continue going out and printing money while protecting a serial sexual predator. Are we really supposed to stop watching our favorite team, that had nothing to do with it, to send this message?

Instead, there’s a compromise solution. Instead of boycotting the entire NFL, simply boycott the Browns. This is obviously much easier, as we wouldn’t watch Brown games normally anyway. But when they’re on national television, in 2021 that will be the week 3 Thursday game against Pittsburgh and the week 8 Monday game against the Bengals, refuse to watch.

If the NFL saw that ratings declined for teams like the Browns who traded for, and gave massive contracts to, serial sexual predators then they will be much more motivated in the future to deal harsher punishments to those players and prevent them from getting on the field, which would in turn motivate teams not to go out and sign those players.

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
07/25/2022 4:34 pm

I don’t understand why this Watson thing is such a big deal. We have a former president that said if you’re famous you can grab’em by the ….. Seems to me Watson just took him seriously. 😁

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  probablyamistake
07/25/2022 5:18 pm

I was under the impression that Watson dropped the salad and grabbed his wiener

did he sexually assault someone other than doing indecent things in their precense?

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  steve_chiefs
07/25/2022 6:00 pm

Have no idea. Haven’t really followed the story.

upamtn
Reply to  probablyamistake
07/26/2022 11:26 am

yeah, well … said former President was just as wrong and should have been boycotted by voters, so there’s that

will be interesting to see what Cleveland fans do once the season starts (and, of course, depending on what, if any, suspension is handed down by the league)

personally, I’m dubious of much happening considering the lack of transparency and action on the whole Snyder/Redskins affair that went on for YEARS

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
07/25/2022 3:54 pm

Surprise??? ERIC FISHER ON — LINE #1 (re-sign Eric NOW!!!!)

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gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  gonzangkc11
07/25/2022 4:07 pm

Fisher was an asset in run blocking, featuring a PFF run blocking grade of +73.3, his pass blocking was below average (with a PFF pass blocking grade of just +61.0)—as he allowed 41 total QB pressures and 7.0 sacks in 490 total pass blocking snaps in 2021.
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Still not too far removed from his late 2020 season torn Achilles, it appeared as though Fisher’s quick twitch athleticism and lateral quickness weren’t quite all the way back for the former #1 overall pick—but both could still improve the further removed he is from surgery.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  gonzangkc11
07/25/2022 4:22 pm

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gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
07/25/2022 3:52 pm

***IR***

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  gonzangkc11
07/25/2022 3:54 pm

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  gonzangkc11
07/25/2022 4:35 pm

Well that didn’t take long

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  probablyamistake
07/25/2022 5:19 pm

seems some already said that like when we took him as a premier UDFA after the draft

ChiefDog
Reply to  steve_chiefs
07/25/2022 5:22 pm

This was his first surgeon:

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steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  ChiefDog
07/25/2022 5:23 pm

good one!

steve_chiefs
steve_chiefs
Reply to  steve_chiefs
07/25/2022 5:24 pm
NovaChiefs
07/25/2022 3:04 pm

Unfortunately, unless we want to forgo Chiefs football (an I don’t see any reason to punish the Hunts or Chiefs for the sins of Cleveland), not much.
I wasn’t going to give any of my money to the Brown’s anyway. I can avoid all other NFL, but again, wasn’t going to be spending anything with them not Chiefs related.
This is kind of on Cleveland. If he starts after 8 weeks, and they sell out, then Cleveland doesn’t care. If his jersey sells, Cleveland doesn’t care.
I can’t boycott his sponsors. He doesn’t have any left that I know of. I can refuse to watch any game he plays in, and might do that. That would get their attention if every Browns game had X% less viewership.
Can’t think of anything else.

zulu trader
zulu trader
07/25/2022 2:42 pm
zulu trader
zulu trader
07/25/2022 2:16 pm

Are there criminal charges pending against Watson??
Serial sexual predator? That’s pretty strong. Criminal charges?

All civil proceedings. I think Watson deserves a medal

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 2:56 pm

and really, who gives two F**KS about how some famous multi-millionaire chases pussy?

upamtn
Reply to  zulu trader
07/26/2022 11:32 am

in that case, maybe one should ask: who gives a FUCK about how some famous multi-millionaire plays football? or plays golf, or frisbee, or if he gets married or buys his wife a car or what EVER … why should we give a rat’s ass?

NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 2:57 pm

I realize you are being flip, but that’s about the stupidest thing I have ever seen you type.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/25/2022 3:04 pm

you are right about one thing.

can you answer my question? Do you know if there are criminal charges?

I don’t pay any attention to Watson and a bunch of bitches saying stuff for $$$. Not interested The subject is not important (unless it’s in ArrowheadGuys)

NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 3:11 pm

No, no indictments were issued. Not saying there won’t be, but with all the settlements I’d say unlikely.
I’m only paying some attention, so I know broad details only. Still, saying he deserves a medal?
30+ women accused him of the SAME thing. He might not have forced himself on them, but what he did was clearly not welcome.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/25/2022 4:40 pm

bullshit – grown women.

as much money as Watson has he sexual assaulted me, too! At which attorney do I apply?

NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 6:16 pm

Given your selection of postings, this attitude is no surprise

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 4:43 pm

and Tony accused Watson of being a “serial sexual predator”

way outta line

NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 6:18 pm

That might be a little strong, but he’s clearly a serial offender

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/25/2022 4:39 pm

and I often think you’re stupid too.

and you just proved it

NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 6:16 pm

Snappy comeback, there, Zulu. Hope you didn’t miss any work putting that together.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/25/2022 7:09 pm

more proof

NovaChiefs
Reply to  zulu trader
07/25/2022 7:11 pm

You are really good at this.

upamtn
Reply to  zulu trader
07/26/2022 11:30 am

damn, where’s the DV button when you need it …

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
07/25/2022 12:56 pm

I want the suspension to be for the whole season. Then I want him to sue. Then the NFL should allow him to play until his court date. Hope the court date is for after the end of the season. Watson loses and gets suspended for the entire next season, then he loses a lot more money.

It may rub Watson the wrong way, but that is what got him in this situation to begin with.

NovaChiefs
Reply to  Severely Concussed
07/25/2022 2:57 pm

For it.

Nasrani
Nasrani
07/25/2022 11:14 am

I can’t remember the details of it, but Ray Rice was suspended and then never re-signed. Similar to Adrian Peterson (who, I believe, played a smattering of games after the suspension was lifted). I don’t believe they were suspended for all that long (though again, I can’t recall exactly), but I also believe enough damage was done to their careers to where they could never catch on anywhere else.

That refusal to re-sign these two players may speak more to team owners than to the league as a whole, however. I’m not sure what league ownership/commissioners as a body will do vis-a-vis Watson, but I don’t think he’s going to play in the NFL again, even if his suspension is short.

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NovaChiefs
Reply to  Nasrani
07/25/2022 3:06 pm

Peterson signed with Washington. Someone else, too. He came back, he just didn’t have any juice left.
Cleveland is so far in debt to Watson, they can’t let him sit. The only chance they have is if SOMEHOW they can negate that contract.

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