Deshaun Watson at Cleveland Browns, contract, details, salary, charges, lawyers, reaction, updates, quarterback market

Imagine if you’re a long-suffering Browns fan. Imagine if you are a woman. Or someone who respects women.

Can you in good conscience support the Browns now?

Or imagine if you’re just an NFL fan. Most of us are. It is, after all, our national pastime.

Can you in good conscience support Deshaun Watson?

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How can you not, at the very least, be in conflict?

When Vince Lombardi repeated those immortal words — “winning isn’t everything, but it’s the only thing” — he couldn’t have imagined an NFL in which morality takes a vacation and he said is more valued than she said… at all costs.

Because as always, if you can play, you don’t have to pay.

Deshaun Watson after a Texans game in 2020. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Oh yes, Roger Goodell and company will surely act to save face when he imposes a politically correct six-game suspension – which will amount to a lost pocket change for Watson – intended to show what amounts to the policy of zero tolerance of the league on the new face of the franchise in Cleveland in accordance with the personal conduct policy.

Alas, there is no zero-tolerance policy for a 26-year-old Zero who could be big enough to lead a franchise to its first Super Bowl championship.

Watson emerging from shady and disturbing civil assault and harassment and nine criminal and sexual charges of his assortment of injured massage therapists with the biggest contract in NFL history? A reward of $230 million fully guaranteed over five years (A$310 million)?

As they say on Nickelodeon: Slime Pays.

Of course, Watson is free to earn a living again after a year as a football leper. That’s not the problem. At issue is his landmark award after a grand jury decided there was insufficient evidence for a criminal trial. Which does not fall into the realm of innocence until proven otherwise.

The desperation to win a Super Bowl caused three other teams – the Falcons, Saints and Panthers – to crumble to land it. The Falcons were ready to throw Matt Ryan, one of the most stylish people in all of sports, into the river. Why did the Browns leave Baker Mayfield? They wanted an adult quarterback. So they sell their souls for Deshaun Watson.

To get rid of Watson, the Texans got three first-round picks, one third-round pick and one fourth-round pick and forked over to a fifth-round pick.

Yet another reminder that while Darth Vader could help a team win, the inevitable suitors won’t care much, if at all, about their character.

The attorney for the 22 women who accused Watson of sexual assault and misconduct in civil lawsuits said he has yet to hear from the Browns or any other NFL team.

Tony Buzbee said ESPN John Barr that none of his clients have received messages from teams interested in Watson either.

“The Browns organization hasn’t contacted me,” Buzbee said.

“I didn’t expect them to and I can understand why they didn’t. But, knowing what I know, they probably should have.

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Kneeling for racial injustice guarantees you a prime blackball life, while supposedly kneeling over the dignity of female victims gets you a fully guaranteed boon.

The owners of the Browns are Jimmy Haslam and his wife Dee. The owner of the Saints is Gayle Benson.

What price for fame?

As longtime NFL writer Peter King said Monday, “The Browns have sold their souls for a football player who has 22 open charges of sexual assault or sexual harassment against him.”

The Women Sports Foundation has honored and celebrated Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians as the 2020 Equality Champion for his gender equality and commitment to diversity. Arians had previously hired assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar and assistant defensive line coach Lori Locust before the arrival of Jackie Davidson, who had previously worked for the Jets, as director of research on football.

“If they’re the best people to help you win,” Arians said, “let’s hire them. … It’s the same thing I said to my daughter a long time ago — it’s all here for you. Work hard, put your nose to the grindstone and don’t give up. Never give up; just keep fighting for it.

Deshaun Watson earns a lot of money. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

The Giants hired Laura Young in February as director of coaching operations, and Angela Baker – formerly a member of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Browns – as a fellow minority coach and offensive quality control coach. . Giants general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll were guest speakers at the sixth annual NFL Women’s Football Career Forum recently. They came from a progressive Bills organization.

(In the 2021 NFL season, women made up 38.8% of the NFL league office, 25.3% of team senior management, 3.1% of team CEOs and presidents, and 1.5 % of team assistant coaches, according to the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in the annual Sport newsletter.)

The NFL has enthusiastically courted the female fan certainly since groping Ray Rice’s domestic violence disciplinary horror, but especially looking the other way at Commanders owner Dan Snyder and his history of toxic culture tarnishes. the record.

Deshaun Watson leaves for Cleveland. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

“I grew up as a Browns fan,” a friend of mine wrote to me in sports media.

“I was a Browns fan before Deshaun Watson and I will be a Browns fan after Deshaun Watson. No one could condone what he did in any way, and I can’t support the human. But if the League National football allows him to play in games I’m not giving up my fandom of a team because they’re trying to upgrade to QB and he was a natural fit It’s a big PR success Some fans will leave the team. But the sport is a fantasy land where a guy can do what Watson did and still play. It’s not the first case and it won’t be the last.

Does anyone remember the movie “Draft Day” when Browns general manager Kevin Costner didn’t recruit QB Bo Callahan with the first pick due to character issues?

Should Watson settle the outstanding cases against him, he should know he will wear a Scarlet Letter for the rest of his career. But should he win a Super Bowl? Goodell will present him with the Lombardi Trophy, and all will be forgotten, if not forgiven, in Cleveland.

Portions of this article first appeared on the New York Postand has been reproduced with permission.

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