Fans give Deshaun Watson “enthusiastic reaction”

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The decision of the Browns to trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson elicited mixed reactions from the team’s fans. Some loved it, off-field issues notwithstanding. Some hated it, given the off-field issues.

There was no sign of negativity on Saturday, for the first public practice of training camp. As explained by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Watson received an “enthusiastic reception” from fans who attended the session.

Watson was enthusiastic about the enthusiasm. He lingered long after practice ended to sign autographs, pose for photographs, signed his cleats and gave them to a couple of kids who beat him in a game of rock, paper, scissors, and exited in his socks.

This doesn’t mean that some fans of the team have become unconcerned about the arrival of a man who faced 24 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions. (Twenty of them have been settled.) It just means that none of those fans attended practice on Saturday, or that none of them felt comfortable turning an inherently positive event into something that included even a hint of protest.

Regardless, the passage of time tends to make even the worst things a little better, especially since a horrible start to the summer (from a P.R. perspective) has yielded to a three-day hearing that seemingly went far better for Watson than expected and a month of no developments, which is far better than a month of  more bad developments.

Now, everyone continues to wait for the decision of Judge Sue L. Robinson as to whether Watson will be suspended (he probably will be) and the length of it (the Browns, we’re reported, are bracing for eight games).

For now, all the Browns can do is get ready for Week One, which is happening regardless of whether Watson is there and for how long he won’t be.

“I can’t wait for us to get to [play with him in games], whichever week we see him,” tight end David Njoku told reporters on Saturday. “Hopefully, sooner than later.”

That’s the basic reality for players and those fans who aren’t concerned by the allegations. All that matters is getting one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL on the field. And until they know how long he’ll be gone, the focus continues to be preparing for the games to come.

“We have to just take each day as it is,” Njoku added. “Whoever we have, we have to put our best foot forward and just keep working.”

They’ll continue to work while they continue to wait. It shouldn’t be much longer. Then again, it’s surprising it has taken as long as it has.

42 responses to “Fans give Deshaun Watson “enthusiastic reaction”

  1. I don’t think Watson will be so enthusiastic about the enthusiasm when he’s on the road.

  2. Everyone deserves a 2nd chance but man, there’s a lot of people that just look past what he did.

  3. If it helps our team win … in the end or even beginning.. we really don’t care about the actual sins … says most teams.

  4. I guess the simplicity of the situation is over the heads of many people; he did nothing wrong, and no one can prove otherwise…

  5. The AFC North is gonna be tough, except for the Steelers, who would gladly give the Browns’ 3 number 1’s to get Watson…

  6. Oh good – all must be forgiven. I was worried he kneeled or something.

  7. Buzbee did a great job of spinning this. Everyone is judging without knowing the facts

  8. Nobody outside of their own fan base will casually root for the Browns again.

    Nobody.

  9. Philly fans would boo you so hard, you would never want to step foot in that city again. Trust me. I live there.

  10. He did not sit a year, he refused to play for the Texans and demanded a trade. A little after that, everything came out about the things he’s done. So to say he sat a year, time served, not exactly accurate.

  11. Was it when he arrived, or when he was leaving? If they are cheering this scumbag, that doesn’t say much for Browns fans.

  12. amaf22 says:
    July 31, 2022 at 11:32 am
    pathetic. what a sad, sad fanbase.///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Give it a rest already. 15 other teams’ fans were salivating over the chance to get him so don’t sit here and insult us like we’re somehow an anomaly here. Truth is he did nothing more illegal than indecent exposure, everyone knows this now. Nobody cares about the 37 dudes sittin at every bar every night waiting for the girls to get as drunk as possible so they can make their move. Those guys are ok tho right? Not a single thing has been proven so to call us sad just shows us that you’ve already went to Fantasyland in your head and decided his guilt. So who is really sad and pathetic, the loyal fans who are sticking by their team, or someone that lives their life based on assumptions? Get a life, if you don’t like us, there’s the door.

  13. Man…is it ever going to be Brutal for DW as well as Cleveland as a whole when (if) they play on the road for now on. Congrats Brownies! You just overtook DC for most despised team in the league.

  14. I don’t know folks…what Michael Vick did was pretty disturbing and he want on to 6 or 7 more years of gainful NFL employment. Guess that’s what Cleveland fans are hoping for.

  15. You can’t be anonymous standing in a crowd, so of course none of his detractors bothered to show up and voice their displeasure. Why should they, when they can talk about him behind the comfort and protection of their keyboards? Just like most of the PFT posters do on a daily basis.

  16. So as long as he sucks up to the fans who didn’t want him there,it’s all good now? Under normal circumstances,he probably wouldn’t let fans within a hundred yards of him,much less sign and give away player-used memorabilia. Clown show in Cleveland…

  17. OJ is still in the Bills ring of honor. Watson is a model citizen compared to the Juice. Desparate fan bases rally around their own deviants.

  18. Poopy Mcpoopface says:
    July 31, 2022 at 4:45 pm
    amaf22 says:
    July 31, 2022 at 11:32 am
    pathetic. what a sad, sad fanbase.///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////Give it a rest already. 15 other teams’ fans were salivating over the chance to get him so don’t sit here and insult us like we’re somehow an anomaly here. Truth is he did nothing more illegal than indecent exposure, everyone knows this now. Nobody cares about the 37 dudes sittin at every bar every night waiting for the girls to get as drunk as possible so they can make their move. Those guys are ok tho right? Not a single thing has been proven so to call us sad just shows us that you’ve already went to Fantasyland in your head and decided his guilt. So who is really sad and pathetic, the loyal fans who are sticking by their team, or someone that lives their life based on assumptions? Get a life, if you don’t like us, there’s the door

    ———

    Exactly, it’s not like he physically assaulted women like other star players whose fans gave them a pass

  19. The “He did nothing wrong and you can`t prove otherwise crowd” are as bad as he is!
    I don`t care what team he played for i couldn`t root for that guy and look my mother, wife , sister or daughter in the eye. Nobody really believes a professional athlete with his resources is getting 66 messages in 17 months from instagram because of the quality of messages their giving. The pathetic show Haslim put on bringing his wife and daughter out was sad and a fan base so desperate to win they cheer Watson deserves them both.
    It`s not an accident they have been terrible since Haslim got their.

  20. Strange, another paper writes Watson received a lukewarm reaction from fans with only a smattering of applause.

  21. heat256 says:
    July 31, 2022 at 5:45 pm
    How many of them would leave him alone with their daughter?
    __________________________________________________________________________

    Normal people would say none, right? Remember how many people left their kids alone for days with Michael Jackson after multiple allegations of inaapropriate behavior with other children? You can never underestimate what people will do.

  22. Its hilarious we dont see the same outrage for Robert Krafts actions who did the same exact thing and received no suspension. And if anyone thinks that was Krafts 1 and only massage I have some swampland in Florida to sell you

  23. “Hiring prostitutes is legal in most of the world” that acts like he made an agreement beforehand for paid sex with prior consent. He didn’t. He misled women into situations they weren’t comfortable with under the pretense of a professional service and tried to coerce added favours out of them which was his whole goal into the first place. If he had just paid 26 prostitutes i wouldn’t care.

  24. I dig seeing you morally noble folks lose their minds over this. Convicted of nothing, accused of trying to holla at massage therapists. We all see what we want to see. Anyone knocking the Browns fan base know zero about what it’s like to be a Browns fan and always are shook when they see CLE on top of best fanbase lists.

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