Following preseason debut, Deshaun Watson has no comment on his apology

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, after months of proclaiming that he did nothing wrong, apologized to the women “impacted” by his behavior in an interview that was televised before his preseason debut on Friday night. After the game, Watson had nothing to add.

Via Jake Trotter of ESPN.com, Watson declined to comment on his apology, or to further address the situation.

Watson’s sudden reversal comes at a time when rumors are rampant of a potential settlement with the NFL. Appeals officer Peter Harvey has yet to issue a ruling, nine days after the league exercised its right under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy to seek a longer suspension than the six-game ban imposed by Judge Sue L. Robinson. The policy requires the appeals process to be expedited, but it contains no deadline for the issuance of a decision.

As one source explained it on Friday, Harvey is delaying the ruling to give the NFL and the NFL Players Association a chance to work out a compromise.

The league currently holds all the cards. However, a settlement would avoid a potential challenge to the suspension in federal court. The NFL possibly hopes to avoid arguments that would compare the punishment imposed on Watson to discipline (or lack thereof) experienced by owners for actual or potential violations. Under the Personal Conduct Policy, owners are supposed to be held to a higher standard.

Judge Robinson found that Watson committed four instances of non-violent sexual assault. Those findings are binding on the appeal process. She also found that he wasn’t truthful with investigators, and she described the conduct as “egregious” and “predatory.”

Watson reportedly is willing to accept an eight-game suspension and a $5 million fine. The question is whether he’d go higher under either category in order to resolve the situation — and whether the league will go below the potential floor of 12 games.

27 responses to “Following preseason debut, Deshaun Watson has no comment on his apology

  1. The best possible outcome at this point is for Watson to be a miserable failure, for Haslam to have to pay him the full quarter billion anyway, and for the Browns to lose every game this year.

  2. if the NFL settles they are done. This guy got a quarter billion dollars fully guaranteed, and is now getting to pick his own punishment. That is flat out appalling.

  3. Please no compromise. This scumbag has no remorse, as he’s clearly stated, and deserves to be made an example of.

  4. He was exposed in his last year in Houston. His stats got fat in junk time on a 4-12 team. He’s not worth the attention.

  5. It’s pointless for him to say anything. People have already judged him and no matter what he says he will be ridiculed. Just move forward.

  6. To say that this guy is a day late and a dollar short is a massive understatement. He, and whoever advises him, are clueless fools.

  7. Of course he had no comment…because it’s all scripted…an act….and after the game, he didn’;t have his lawyer there to tell him what to say.

  8. Fakest apology ever. Looked like he was rushing through it so he wouldn’t forget the words.. clearly written for him and rehearsed.

  9. Why should he? He most likely didn’t want to do it in the first place and wasn’t sincere. He is remorseful about the money he is going to lose and the arrogant way he and his legal team made error after error. Therefore after all that has happened he reluctantly apologizes hoping to save some cash. He could care less about the women impacted or woman in general, it only about $$$$ IMO.

  10. Why should he care? This is how he thinks women should be treated. Nice role model ya got there, Brownies.

  11. He has no comment on his apology because it had no meaning except to try and get a lesser sentence. What a fricking phony. He’s creepy.

  12. Two other interviews he says he did nothing wrong, now ohhhh I’m sorry I’m wanting to be a better person. PR stunt for sure, NFL and Browns continues look bad. Two years, fifty million fine, clean up stadium after each game. That would be a better person.

  13. He basically said the usual IM sorry IF you were offended, Nothing to see here keep it pushing forward.

  14. People want an apology, he gives an apology, now he has to comment on the apology? Have you people stopped to listen to yourselves?

  15. 1-5 completion, no first downs. Starting center out for season. Now let him sit out 8-10 more games and when he comes back he’s going to be even rustier. No mattter the suspension the clowns overpaid for damaged goods and it will be fun to watch the team and the predator fail as usual.

  16. evrybdyhas1 says:
    August 13, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Why should he? He most likely didn’t want to do it in the first place and wasn’t sincere. He is remorseful about the money he is going to lose and the arrogant way he and his legal team made error after error. Therefore after all that has happened he reluctantly apologizes hoping to save some cash. He could care less about the women impacted or woman in general, it only about $$$$ IMO.

    ************

    You are literally describing the NFL’s motivations as well.

  17. Its so obvious Floria has his boxers in a bunch because he knows the Steelers cant hang with Watson

  18. Watson has been a PR nightmare from the beginning. Just when you think it can’t get worse it does. Not addressing the interview that was shown before the game says a lot. It’s a joke that even negotiating a settlement is even on the table. This guy just doesn’t get it, he really thinks he did nothing wrong. He needs serious counseling over the course of the next year while he is suspended. Then after he is re-evaluated he can then apply for re-instatement. If the NFL was smart they would put as much distance between themselves and Watson right now, he is too toxic for the game and it would be a weekly monkey show in whatever city he shows up to play in.

  19. I’m still perplexed at why the Browns or any team had any interest in Watson. Horrible front man for your franchise. Traded away multiple picks then doubled down on stupid with $230M guaranteed.

  20. He’s already a millionaire many times over. He could never play another down and be set, beyond most peoples dreams, for life. You seriously think he cares?

  21. It would be hard to believe that anybody would think Watson’s apology is sincere. The time for a sincere apology has long passed. This scumbag deserves the book thrown at him. Permanent ban would be true justice. Even a year is not enough.

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