Cleveland Browns star quarterback Deshaun Watson has been levied an 11-game unpaid suspension, plus a $5 million fine for his role in sexual misconduct allegations from 30 different women.
In a case that’s dragged on since March of 2021, arbitrator Judge Sue Robinson originally gave Watson a six-game suspension, as she stated his offenses were non-violent. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL appealed her ruling, called him a “predator” and forced the stiffer suspension. The situation has provoked many different opinions, with some believing it was justified and others believing the first punishment levied would have sufficed.
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Jake Paul is a YouTube sensation-turned-celebrity boxer with millions of followers whose opinion has influence in the social media environment. He became the latest celebrity to offer his opinion on the Watson verdict. During an episode of his “BS With Jake Paul” podcast, Paul brought the subject up with his guest, Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Paul’s co-host DCUT was there as well.
Tyreek Hill Won’t Take Deshaun Watson Bait
Paul first tried to get Hill’s opinion on the matter, but Reek quickly shut down any chance of him speaking on it by saying:
“I ain’t speaking on that, all right.”
That didn’t stop the others from chiming in on it, starting with Paul who said, “Deshaun Watson, bro. What are you doing? How are they going to let him play? I don’t get that.”
DCUT responded to Paul, and defended Watson’s right to play again.
“No, he deserves to play, bro. That’s all I’m saying. We ain’t going to talk about it, though. So let’s just cut that. Let’s cut that conversation. You see — ”
Paul continued to ramble on, hoping to keep the argument going.
“You see the Jaguars? What were they saying? Like a sicko or something? You sick f**k, you sick f**k? They were chanting like. You sick f**k! when he took the snap. Wow.”
Paul continued with his attack on Watson.
“Do you think Deshaun Watson will need a male therapist from now on?” Paul asked. “Does Deshaun Watson have to have a male massage therapist and, like, a Nest camera?”
Paul seemed like he was trying to be serious, but this was all about joke time at the expense of Watson. It could also be viewed as insensitive to the alleged victims as well.
Watson’s Situation Hurts Browns Chance At Super Bowl
Watson being suspended throws a monkey wrench into the plans of the Browns, who really believe they have a Super Bowl-ready roster with him under center. By the time he returns it will be over 700 days since he last played in a meaningful football game. That’s a lot to ask for anyone, but especially a quarterback who needs to develop timing and trust with his receivers and offensive line.
A part of Deshaun Watson’s attorney’s answer to the civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct filed against him: pic.twitter.com/BuV4jO1zmw
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The Browns find themselves in a bad luck situation again. The franchise will ask two journeymen to lead the way in Jacoby Brissett and Joshua Dobbs; not exactly guys you want to go into battle with long term. The Browns hope they can keep the ship upright and have a winning record when their star signal-caller is eligible to touch the gridiron.
Then he can start earning that massive, five-year and $230 million fully guaranteed contract he signed after being traded in March. Until then he’s going to be open season for clout-chasers looking for some quick clickbait.