Last week an independent arbitrator suspended Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games. The NFL officially appealed the light punishment on Thursday. The league announced Friday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to oversee the appeal.
According to The Associated Press, the NFL doesn’t believe that a six-game suspension isn’t close to what Watson deserves.
“The NFL is seeking an indefinite suspension of at least one year and a fine around $8 million, a person familiar with the filing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter isn’t public knowledge, also said Watson would be required to undergo evaluation and treatment as determined by medical experts before he could be reinstated.”
The Cleveland Browns have desperately attempted to manage the Watson situation. The problem is, while ownership is releasing statements saying Watson feels remorse. Deshaun Watson’s attorney is releasing statements maintaining Watson’s innocence. Watson himself has said he “did nothing wrong” after the initial six-game suspension was made public.
The last time we heard from Deshaun Watson was on June 14 when he said: "Like I said, I never assaulted anyone. I never harassed anyone. I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything."
At what point has he expressed any public remorse? https://t.co/l9HZ8nvKtL
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 1, 2022
The NFL is in a good position. Nobody outside of Browns fans wants to see Watson on the field this season. At some point, Watson will have served his punishment and should be allowed to play again. But not for the 2022/2023 season.
Too often, the NFL has made the wrong decision in these cases. When the initial six-game suspension was made public, fans were quick to point the NFL has a heavier hand for lesser offences.
Calvin Ridley: 17 games, betting
Vontaze Burfict: 12 games, targeting
DeAndre Hopkins: 6 games, PED
Martavis Bryant: Indefinitely, Weed
Josh Gordon: 25+ games, Weed
Darren Waller: 16 games, substance abuse
DeShaun Watson: 6 games, 25 SV accusations
— Tristen Kuhn (@KuhnTristen) August 1, 2022
As for Cleveland fans, it may be time to take a long look in the mirror. Understandably, Brown’s fans are excited to have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL on their team. However, to dismiss the allegations levied against your quarterback and take an “us vs the world” attitude is nonsense. Browns fans with a morsel of dignity should be embarrassed by how the fan base is acting.
— Shawn Davis (@Shawn216cle) August 7, 2022
This is not Tom Brady vs Roger Goodell in Deflategate. This isn’t the New Orleans Saints motivated for their city after a devestating hurricane. Deshaun Watson has proven he’s not a good human being. Deshaun Watson used his celebrity and power to have licensed misuses perform sexual acts on him. Deshaun Watson’s behaviour was predatorial. Deshaun Watson is a predator.
Cleveland Browns fans need a stark reminder that NFL football is not real life. This isn’t a movie where the hero will clear his name. Deshaun Watson settled most of the lawsuits filed against him because he’s guilty. Grow up.
I'd bet Cleveland Browns fans $1000 dollars that if Deshaun Watson wasn't on their team, they would not be defending him
— One and Dunne Radio (@OneDunneRadio) August 4, 2022