Joel Bitonio on road fans booing Deshaun Watson: “More than ever, Cleveland against the world”

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On Friday night, Jaguars fans gave Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson the business, with boos and a three-word chant that went viral.

Whenever Watson is cleared to play, the reaction will be a new reality for the Browns, whenever they play away from home.

“You know, I think once Deshaun came out of the game we got booed less, but you go to a road game they boo you anyway, so you know what I mean?” Joel Bitonio told reporters on Sunday, via Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal. “So we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure, it seems like more than ever, Cleveland against the world, so we’ll be ready for it.”

Bitonio is right. Fans always boo the road team. Watson gives them more basis for booing. A different reason for derision. And it’s something that will likely follow Watson for the remainder of his career.

Most teams would welcome that, if it means having a quarterback of Watson’s caliber. It still remains to be seen when the Browns will get him on the field, and whether he’ll still play like he did before sitting out all of last year and likely most, if not all, of this season.

97 responses to “Joel Bitonio on road fans booing Deshaun Watson: “More than ever, Cleveland against the world”

  1. Browns are a non-factor just like they have been for a long time. Franchise is a mess and it’s sad because they have such a loyal and enthusiastic fan base.

  2. No. It’s Cleveland against dignity, honor, decency, respect for women, and just basic goodness of character.

    It’s Cleveland showing that none of those things matter.

    The Browns have been underdogs for ages. Now they’re just disgusting.

  3. Nah, it’s not Cleveland against the world.

    It’s the Haslams and Watson against women.

  4. BTW to the former Browns fans out there, you still have time to hop on the Bills bandwagon, but do it quick cause the Lake Shore Limited is about to leave the station.

  5. Cleveland against the world? More like Cleveland shooting itself in the foot…

  6. Seriously , this can’t surprise anyone. If anything needs to change it’s the ridiculous amount of time it has taken the league to make a decision. There really can’t be any facts new to this situation in months. I would expect booing at every stop

  7. Cleveland places too much importance and relevance upon itself.
    Most of the rest of the world doesn’t spend any time thinking, worrying, or hating on Cleveland.

  8. If Joel Bitcoin demanded a trade he wouldn’t have to play with a sexual predator and he could join in on the booing!

  9. Wow. To pull Cleveland into the DeShaun Watson ridic-fest is perhaps the best thing to happen to Cleveland. Whatever.

    REAL organizations know how to win.

    Meanwhile this is what Haslam & Co. peddles.

    Seriously, NFL?

  10. The BEST way to turn this franchise around is new ownership…plain and simple. I’m really surprise they don’t have clause’s in the ownership contracts saying if you can’t put a winning franchise on the landscape for 10 straight years ya gotta sell! That would definitely motivate some owners.

  11. No tolerance, this kid should be made an example of by being banned for life. Absolutely no excuse other than $.

  12. More than ever, Goodell is a disgusting disgrace to human kind and the ultimate cheater.

    Article 46 has up and disappeared yet again, but it is what he testitied that he had power with, over any nfl decision with regards to “integrity” when framing Brady and the Pats (again).

  13. Imagine using your QBs sexual assaults on women as motivation for play on the field.

  14. Browns Fans I know were not happy with this move or Watson. The three word reference may be heard in Cleveland as well as on the road.

  15. Please…throwing all of Cleveland in the same foxhole as Watson?

    That’s a bad look…shows a tin ear for the issue at hand.

  16. When the Browns are the visitors I would play that Billy Squire song everytime Watson stepped on the field.

  17. Who is Joel Bitonio and why is he running his mouth? I’ve never heard
    his name mentioned before yesterday.

  18. From a competitive standpoint, any competitor will be motivated by this to shut these ignorant dopes up. Bitonio is correct. Road fans always boo you. Heck Baker Mayfield even complained on 2 separate occasions that the home crowd was making too much noise for him. What a clown he is. Good Luck Panther fans. You will find out soon enough.Dont say I didnt tell you so

    The NFL only cares about this issue when a player does it. They certainly dont care when owners do it. See Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, and Robert Kraft

  19. Maybe so, but so far that whole “Cleveland against the world” thing has just been a bunch of Cleveland getting trucked by the world.

  20. Remember that 14 other teams were interested in Watson. Your favorite team was likely one of them.

  21. There’s a difference between fans at Mile High booing Pat Mahomes then Steeler fans booing Watson. I just wonder if fans at The Dawg Pound will have the guts to boo him. First pick he throws in front of the home fans, look out.

  22. Most teams would welcome that, if it means having a quarterback of Watson’s caliber.

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    Most teams would welcome scorn, ridicule and disgust to have a below average 4-12 QB? Yeah, I doubt that.

  23. I have never booed anyone in sports. However, things change, some folk got it coming.

  24. kevpft says:
    August 14, 2022 at 5:29 pm
    No. It’s Cleveland against dignity, honor, decency, respect for women, and just basic goodness of character.

    It’s Cleveland showing that none of those things matter.

    The Browns have been underdogs for ages. Now they’re just disgusting.
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    10000% agree.

  25. If Cleveland was stupid enough to sign this scum bag, then they deserve to have the world against them.

  26. The city of Cleveland will forever be remembered as the city that accepted Deshaun Watson in with open arms.

  27. What he needs to realize is it’s not Cleveland against the world, it’s the world against Watson. There seems to be quite a few Watson sympathizers on this board. If you had these allegations against you in the work place with a ton of publicity you’d be fired. Racist words and comments get people fired. You don’t think this would?

  28. Hah, funny as always. There are the Browns, then about 29 teams that wish they had Watson, then there is KC and Green Bay. The other 29 keep misstating the facts, ignoring the grand jury rulings, and ignoring the NFL investigation admitting there was no evidence of assault, coercion or force.

  29. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    August 14, 2022 at 6:16 pm
    From a competitive standpoint, any competitor will be motivated by this to shut these ignorant dopes up. Bitonio is correct. Road fans always boo you. Heck Baker Mayfield even complained on 2 separate occasions that the home crowd was making too much noise for him. What a clown he is. Good Luck Panther fans. You will find out soon enough.Dont say I didnt tell you so

    The NFL only cares about this issue when a player does it. They certainly dont care when owners do it. See Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, and Robert Kraft

    425Rate This
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    Kraft did what? Having consensual sex is nof a crime. Bible thumpers are so annoying.

  30. Hah, funny as always. There are the Browns, then about 29 teams that wish they had Watson, then there is KC and Green Bay. The other 29 keep misstating the facts, ignoring the grand jury rulings, and ignoring the NFL investigation admitting there was no evidence of assault, coercion or force.

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    I think the chargers, bengals, bills, and more disagree with your statement.

  31. “Kraft did what? Having consensual sex is nof a crime.”

    Actually it is a crime. Cops often arrest Johns and Prostitutes.

  32. With their acquisition and support of Deshaun Watson, the Haslam’s have brought an entirely new meaning to “the mistake by the lake”. Guys like Joe Bitonio rally around their team because that’s what team chemistry is all about, but introducing the Deshaun Watson circus into the clubhouse has got to be a brutal blow for guys like him. Their NFL careers are being effected by this decision. I feel sorry for the Cleveland players and fans for having to suffer through the obviously poor ownership and management decisions being made.

  33. Man, I feel for the Cleveland players. I wish the media would leave them alone. This is Watson’s circus. HE should be on the hot seat answering these questions, not the good guys.

  34. Some people around here really hate facts don’t they? Oh well, keep crying. Better get used to it.

  35. touchback6 says:
    August 14, 2022 at 7:12 pm
    howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    August 14, 2022 at 6:16 pm
    From a competitive standpoint, any competitor will be motivated by this to shut these ignorant dopes up. Bitonio is correct. Road fans always boo you. Heck Baker Mayfield even complained on 2 separate occasions that the home crowd was making too much noise for him. What a clown he is. Good Luck Panther fans. You will find out soon enough.Dont say I didnt tell you so

    The NFL only cares about this issue when a player does it. They certainly dont care when owners do it. See Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder, and Robert Kraft

    425Rate This
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    Kraft did what? Having consensual sex is nof a crime. Bible thumpers are so annoying.

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    Google image search Robert Kraft. There is no way that was consensual. Made to do it because she’s a sex worker? Yes.

  36. Joel,… get use to it cuz it’s not going away anytime soon,… it might take years for the opposition fans to shut up. Until then they will continue to verbally harass Watson and the Browns all game long.
    This is on the ownership group. If you can’t deal with it,…. then get out.

  37. redright8167 says:
    August 14, 2022 at 6:26 pm
    Remember that 14 other teams were interested in Watson. Your favorite team was likely one of them.

    1022Rate This
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    No, come on now. I believe there were 4 teams who were seriously interested in him. Sure at first there may have been 14 or so who were curious, but that was just basic interest, seeing what Watson would cost, looking into all Watson had done, stuff like that. Most of them then decided they were no longer interested after looking into it. In the end, there were just 4 who were truly interested.

  38. Ironically, many fans in general were cheering for Cleveland considering their brutal run since returning to the league in 1999. 3 winning seasons, that’s it. Not to mention an 0 – 16 season, Hue Jackson, Johnny Manziel, etc. Yikes.
    This was a team that had Jim Brown, Ozzie Newsome and many other great players back in the day. Very sad.

  39. Just be thankful your preseason games against Philly is a home game haha. Philly fans are ruthless.

  40. therealtrenches says:
    August 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm
    Please…throwing all of Cleveland in the same foxhole as Watson?

    That’s a bad look…shows a tin ear for the issue at hand.
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    A bad look? I guess you should look at Cleveland’s crime rate versus the national average.

  41. If none of the disgusting sexual predator things ever happened, I still wouldn’t want Watson on my team. It’s way too much money and way too many draft picks for an unproven quarterback.

  42. itsizzi says:
    August 14, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Man, I feel for the Cleveland players. I wish the media would leave them alone. This is Watson’s circus. HE should be on the hot seat answering these questions, not the good guys.

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    Good guys speak up and say something. The players, in Cleveland and otherwise, have been really silent on Watson. Silence is acceptance.

    Where are the players’ voices? They seem more than ready to speak out on some kinds of social issues, but not others. Where is the rejection of Watson’s behavior among the players? So far all the focus has been on Watson himself and the league discipline process. At some point I think the question needs to be: where is the backbone among his peers?

  43. It is truly remarkable the depth of delusion of so many fans. Do you truly believe “your” team would not have done what the Browns did if they were in the very same position? Do you truly believe “your” team has a higher ethical standard? Wow, just wow. I laughed out loud when Harbaugh talked about the higher bar in Baltimore. And he said it with a straight face, too.

  44. Add Bitonio to the chorus of weirdos who refuse to expect Watson to be accountable for his actions.

  45. Poor browns fans,desperately trying to justify the organizations terrible choice of qb

  46. kevpft says:
    Where are the players’ voices? They seem more than ready to speak out on some kinds of social issues, but not others. Where is the rejection of Watson’s behavior among the players? . . . At some point I think the question needs to be: where is the backbone among his peers?
    ==

    Nailed it.

  47. This is far more than routine jeers that every road team hears. Think about the good old days at Veteran’s Stadium … x 1,000,000. The servant leader will hear it for the rest of his career, if not the rest of his life.

    DeShaun Watson, a name that will live in infamy.

  48. Hey Joel, leave the city of Cleveland and the loyal Browns fans out of your mess that your scummy owner made. Jimmy Haslem should of done jail time for running a scam on his own gas station customers, but it seems that this is just the way Jimmy rolls as a business man. The guy will twist, turn, and do any underhanded thing possible to be successful at business, morals be damned. If you continually do bad things, eventually karma will catch up with you and it will hammer you Jimmy. It should be fun to watch it play out, looks like you’ll be learning the hard way.

  49. Only a matter of time until browns bandwagon fan lebron James comments on this with the usual rhetoric we all come to expect and will be blaming the usual people he cries about all the time for it

  50. I feel sorry for the die-hard Browns fans and the players who did nothing wrong. This is the fault of ownership and Deshaun Watson,and no one else. Neither has any respect for women,obviously.

  51. Putting aside the disgustingness of signing Watson, how is that Cleveland against the world thing working out for the last half century? Not to mention that for most of the world Cleveland is just that city where the river caught on fire and they don’t hate on them. They feel sorry for them. You have to have accomplished something as a sports franchise to be hated…

  52. The Haslams were sleazy enough to try and eliminate financial penalties for Watson by reducing his salary this year to $1 million. That is such a slap in the face to the women he preyed on. I have no sympathy for the Browns organization. The fans didn’t have a chance because the Haslams have destroyed the team.

  53. The chants were not wrong. He makes my skin crawl seeing him. I hope he never plays another down.

  54. just wait until the boos happen in cleveland. and trust me they will. If he doesnt play at a pro bowl level from snap one of the regular season, the fans will turn on the predator very quickly.
    Cleveland fans have no leash for any QB, let alone one given a record contract and promoted as the savior of the team.

  55. If he was your son and made bad decisions at 23 years old, would you crucify him? Seriously?

  56. No Joe it’s just no one wants to cheer for a sexual predator. Nothing to do with Cleveland bud.

  57. What horrendous ownership / management in Cleveland. They deserve all the bad karma in the world for rewarding this predator with the biggest guaranteed contract ever. Disgraceful on every level.

  58. Every NFL fan who doesn’t have something wrong in their brain would rather lose without him than win with him.

  59. Cleveland here: We never wanted this guy from day one. Our guy is in Carolina. Thanks for nothing Jimmy. Do us a favor. SELL THE TEAM.

  60. Imagine drawing a line in the sand and standing shoulder to shoulder with the accused sexual assaulter because they wear the same colors.

  61. It’s hard to believe that there is a worse owner than Woody Johnson but Hassan may be the worst owner of all time..this makes the Herschel Walker trade look like a steal.I also hope Mayfield wins a ton of games with Carolina

  62. In this case, It’s good against evil and the Browns are without a doubt sponsoring evil!

  63. No, the more people learn about what actually took place and how little punishment Watson is receiving there will be more hell to pay.

    At some point maybe even after he’s served his suspension “Me too” or another womans group will get ahold of this and it’ll be bad.

  64. Man, I sure hope Bitonio & the rest of the team don’t read PFT comments. I’d hate for them to just quit on the fans & the city because of Watson.

  65. pummer says:
    August 14, 2022 at 5:31 pm
    BTW to the former Browns fans out there, you still have time to hop on the Bills bandwagon, but do it quick cause the Lake Shore Limited is about to leave the station.

    ………………

    The Bills of today are gonna be just like the Bills of the 90s…. Just good enough to get there, but can’t get it done

  66. Yeah, as a Browns fan, I think I’ll pass on hopping on the Bills bandwagon, not with that coaching staff. The bonehead decision-making at the end of regulation against the Chiefs almost rivals Carroll’s in that Seahawks-Pats SB.

  67. The world against Cleveland’s owners/management. Players and fans not a part of this horrendous decision

  68. Paul M says:
    August 14, 2022 at 8:01 pm
    It is truly remarkable the depth of delusion of so many fans. Do you truly believe “your” team would not have done what the Browns did if they were in the very same position? Do you truly believe “your” team has a higher ethical standard? Wow, just wow. I laughed out loud when Harbaugh talked about the higher bar in Baltimore. And he said it with a straight face, too.
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    Hate to tell you this Paul but the Ravens would not have signed Watson, and many other teams would not have signed him. If you are a Browns fan you need to live with the fact that you have a low class, immoral ownership group. Live with it and stop trying to bring other ownership groups down to their level

  69. Browns against the world, world against serial predator that shouldn’t have a job. I’m ok with this.

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