Jimmy Haslam: Browns will “respect and honor” the Deshaun Watson appeal process

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Last week, the Browns issued a strange statement in the aftermath of the decision from Judge Sue L. Robinson, who suspended quarterback Deshaun Watson for six games. The Browns, among other things, seemed to be trying to get the league to respect her ruling. For obvious reasons.

Now, with designee Peter Harvey considering the NFL’s appeal of the matter, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is embracing a step that the team had hoped the league wouldn’t take.

“I’ll just say we’ll respect and honor the process,” Haslam said at the league meeting in Minnesota convened for the purpose of voting on the purchase of the Broncos, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

The Browns also were ready to “respect” Judge Robinson’s decision. The league, which embracing her factual findings, have disregarded her ultimate decision, believing the league believes it didn’t go far enough.

The Browns also insisted that Watson has shown remorse. Judge Robinson found that Watson has not.

There’s one sliver of overlap between management and labor in this case. The NFL Players Association and the Browns both want to minimize Watson’s absence. Remorse or no remorse, player and team want player back on the field.

Still, the Browns know that their broader interests require them to behave as one of the 32 member organizations of the NFL. They’ll “respect and honor” the appeal process. They’ll also likely dislike the outcome.

That said, there’s a silver lining for the Browns in the possibility of a full-season suspension. A 17-game ban would toll Watson’s contract for a full year, extending his commitment through 2027 and dropping his base salary in 2023 from $46 million to $1.035 million.

29 responses to “Jimmy Haslam: Browns will “respect and honor” the Deshaun Watson appeal process

  1. Please, another snow job from the owner that signed Watson for millions guaranteed. Respect not in his vocabulary.

  2. 16 game suspension so the Browns still lose the year on the contract, but he can’t play until a meaningless week 18 game.

  3. as they say cant win without a top tier QB. soon enough the Browns will have that.. the Browns go from pretender to contender..

  4. “I’ll just say we’ll respect and honor the process,” Haslam said
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    does he really have a choice

  5. Now if they would just “honor and respect” women they never would have signed the dirtbag

  6. The appeal process also includes the right of the union to take the case to federal court. So basically Haslam didn’t really say anything…

  7. henrythehorse says:
    August 9, 2022 at 11:44 am
    as they say cant win without a top tier QB. soon enough the Browns will have that.. the Browns go from pretender to contender..

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    Pretender to Predator

  8. Too bad the NFL cant respect the Player Conduct Policy which called for a maximum of a 6 game suspension.

  9. It was only the media implying that the Browns would not respect and honor the decision. In fact, they already knew when they signed him that he’s getting a full year. It’s no coincidence that his contract is structured around him missing 1 season.

  10. “We will respect and honor the process”…unless we don’t like the outcome.

  11. pftpro says:
    August 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    The appeal process also includes the right of the union to take the case to federal court. So basically Haslam didn’t really say anything…

    Absolutely WRONG. Once the league makes a final ruling, it’s over. Here is the actual language of Article 46 on the disciplinary process:

    The Disciplinary Officer’s disciplinary determination will be final and binding subject only to the right of either party to appeal to the Commissioner. The appeal shall be in writing within three business days of the Disciplinary Officer’s decision, and any response to the appeal shall be filed in writing within two business days thereafter. The appeal shall be limited to arguments why, based on the evidentiary record below, the amount of discipline, if any, should be modified. The Commissioner or his designee will issue a written decision that will constitute full, final and complete disposition of the dispute and will be binding upon the player(s), Club(s) and the parties to this Agreement.

  12. If there were no charges filed against Watson and there was no case presented in front of a Jury to decide guilt or innocent because of settlement, what is preventing Watson from filing a defamation suits against fans and media for referring to they “the victims” and he “the predator”. If he knows this is all lies and slander to his name, I would be suing the bejesus out of everyone until my name is cleared. He can’t do that without ruining his entire football career. That’s the conundrum.

  13. If 31 NFL Owners are upset about this whole thing and Haslem then they should, while they are all together, vote to strip him if his Franchise and force a sale of the Cleveland Browns. This time l accept the Schottenstein Families offer and allow them to buy and clean up the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL.

  14. Haslam has done nothing as an owner to lose the franchise. He is not a competent owner, to be sure, but if Snyder still owns the Commanders, and Ross still owns Miami, then there are no grounds to strip Haslam of the franchise.

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