Jimmy and Dee Haslam say Deshaun Watson has been “remorseful,” Judge Robinson found he hasn’t

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On Monday morning, Judge Sue Robinson issued her decision regarding Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Monday afternoon, Browns ownership issued a statement that expressly respects her decision while implicitly disregarding a key piece of it.

Said owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, “Throughout this process, Deshaun and his representation have abided by the newly created and agreed upon process for the NFLPA and the NFL to defer to the objective Judge Sue L. Robinson to comprehensively review all information and make a fair decision. We respect Judge Robinson’s decision, and at the same time, empathize and understand that there have been many individuals triggered throughout this process. We know Deshaun is remorseful that this situation has caused much heartache to many and he will continue the work  needed to show who he is on an off the field, and we will continue to support him.”

They say they know Deshaun “is remorseful,” even though Judge Robinson — whose decision they supposedly respect — specifically found as an aggravating factor in determining the suspension of six games that he has a “lack of expressed remorse.”

So the Haslams can’t claim credibly Deshaun has expressed remorse and that they respect Judge Robinson’s decision, since that decision includes a finding that he has failed to express remorse. And if the Haslams are referring to Watson expressing remorse regarding the impact of the allegations on others such as family members and the Browns organization, that’s the kind of hair splitting that has no place in a supposed embrace of and respect for the decision reached by Judge Robinson.

Speaking of credibility, Judge Robinson politely and tactfully concluded that Watson has none, at least not when it comes to his categorical denial of the accusations made against him. And that’s a pretty important point. In Judge Robinson’s assessment, he failed to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth on the most significant aspect of the entire situation. If the Haslams truly respect and accept Judge Robinson’s decision, they’re respecting and accepting the fact that, in her professional assessment, Deshaun Watson’s testimony wasn’t believable.

22 responses to “Jimmy and Dee Haslam say Deshaun Watson has been “remorseful,” Judge Robinson found he hasn’t

  1. And that’s the key. The allegations are bad and they are true. But worse than the behavior alleged are the denials and lack of any remorse for what he did.
    Watson is a great player and this, as bad as it is. should not end his career. But he should not be allowed to take the field until he comes clean.

  2. Remind me again what punishment the Patriots owner got for visiting a “massage” parlor.

  3. That’s what I’d say too if I just gave a guy 230M, so let’s not pretend this is news.

  4. Dee Haslam should have to personally supervise all Watson’s massages by team trainers

  5. More lies. Lie after lie, dodge after dodge. No remorse, no morality, no dignity. Just craven greed and pursuit of the almightly dollar.

    Watson isn’t remorseful. You can’t have remorse when you haven’t even acknowledged what you’ve done.

    This is how abusers operate. They use their power to get what they want and then to shield themselves from accountability. They express no regret because they have none.

  6. It seems likely that the lack of expressions of remorse are most due to the fact that Watson still has unresolved cases pending with those who have not already settled with him.
    Making such statements could lead to them then being presented by opposing prosecutors as evidence to strengthen their case/s against Watson.
    Otherwise, I would think Watson would have already made such statements by now, not necessarily out of true contrition mind you, but as a professional athlete being directed to do so by his agent/handlers/marketing team.

  7. there’s a difference between being remorseful about the situation and being remorseful about the accusers.

  8. Roethlisberger was suspended 6 games (only serving 4) which is the same as Watson. Watson will serve them all and probably won’t benefit from the collective amnesia that the public had about Ben. That’s fine. Both are predators imo but the outrage on these threads feels extreme. There is a precedent.

  9. Just a bad bad look for the NFL. It ain’t over yet. With that dog/pony show over, Rog will just step in and do wtf he wants to do anyway.

  10. crappygovernment says:
    August 1, 2022 at 6:26 pm
    Playoff wins: Tebow 1, Deshaun Watson 1

    Lamar Jackson: 0

  11. “monarch76 says:
    August 1, 2022 at 7:41 pm
    Looking forward to Watson taking the field with a 4-2 record. Let’s go!”

    has brissett ever won 66% of his starts???

  12. That’s what happens when you essentially give a sociopath 10 million for a years paid vacation and follow that up with a 230 million dollar contract all the whole fining him about 345k for what he did. Yeah he will learn his lesson from that.

  13. brownsfan28 says:
    August 1, 2022 at 4:46 pm
    So the ruling with centered around if she thought he had remorse or not?

    Yes being remorseful shows that you understand what you did was wrong and take responsibility for your actions .Deny Deny Deny shows you are not taking responsibility .

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