Kevin Stefanski on Deshaun Watson: I’m going to let legal proceedings play out

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Browns coach Kevin Stefanski faced questions Wednesday on the new allegations against quarterback Deshaun Watson. Stefanski repeatedly said he would let the process “play out.”

“We’re here making sure we get good practice in. The guys did a nice job out there today,” Stefanski said, via video from Cleveland 19. “I’m not going to comment past that. I’m going to be respectful of the process, be respectful of the legal proceedings.”

The New York Times published a story Tuesday contending Watson booked massage appointments with at least 66 women over 17 months. Twenty-four of those women have filed lawsuits against Watson.

“For me, I’m going to be respectful of the investigation, of the legal proceedings,” Stefanski said. “I’m going to let that play out.”

The NFL is conducting an independent investigation, with Watson facing potential discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy. League investigators previously interviewed Watson in Houston.

Stefanski was asked whether he worried the matter could linger over the team all season.

“With anything, we’re trying to just focus on today,” Stefanski said. “I can’t see past today, truly. That’s kind of where my focus is.”

20 responses to “Kevin Stefanski on Deshaun Watson: I’m going to let legal proceedings play out

  1. Like he has a choice. I don’t think circumventing the legal process is on the menu.

  2. I really hope the Browns get burned on this one. They have a good Quaterback (Mayfield) who showed class by playing through injury and the team rewards him by trying to get rid of him.

  3. What else is he supposed to say? Watson is slimy and he’s never going to get through this until he admits it, apologizes and works these lawsuits out.

  4. No No No just listen to Rusty he says there’s nothing to see here, and it’s all perfectly normal behavior, so there’s really no reason to wait coach

  5. The Browns need to ride out the storm and hope that when the dust settles in a year (or two) they still have a QB.

  6. One thinks Browns fans hope the “process” includes voiding the insane contract and going back to fundamentals of football.

  7. What is he supposed to say? Once you give the keys to the organization to your “star” quarterback in the form of $230 million all guaranteed, the head coach is just a pawn going forward. After a few quiet months this scandal is exploding each and every day now.

  8. Don’t you think it would have been smarter to say this 230 million dollars ago?

  9. Me thinks the time to be “respectful” of the “legal process” was before you offered him $230 million guaranteed. But what do I know?

  10. Can’t see past today? A great coach needs to be thinking 5 moves ahead, certainly further ahead than just today. I’ve been rooting for Stefanski from the get, but talk like this makes him sound stupid and unprofessional. Not that Belicheck would have ever put himself in this position, but he’d at least indicate a plan B, C, D, E and F is in place that looks past today. Yikes.

  11. spiderjohn says:
    June 8, 2022 at 5:47 pm
    The Browns need to ride out the storm and hope that when the dust settles in a year (or two) they still have a QB.
    ——————————
    If that QB’s name is Watson, then the storm won’t have ended…

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