Deshaun Watson: “I take accountability for the decisions I made”

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Deshaun Watson has come a long way from his press-conference talking points about never harassing, assaulting, or disrespecting any women.

Watson, who apologized for the first time last Friday for his alleged misbehavior during massage-therapy sessions, has issued a statement confirming that his situation has been settled by the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

“I’m grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization,” Watson said in a statement posted by the team. “I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made. My focus going forward is on working to become the best version of myself on and off the field and supporting my teammates however possible while I’m away from the team. I’m excited about what the future holds for me in Cleveland.”

Watson will begin his suspension on August 30. He’ll return after the Week 12 game against the Buccaneers. Just in time for a Week 13 trip to Houston.

31 responses to “Deshaun Watson: “I take accountability for the decisions I made”

  1. I suspect Cleveland fans will find a way to pretend he’s not a total scumbag by week 12.

  2. He is a defective human that denied everything up until a week ago… no accountability has been taken and everything he is saying is for public consumption instead of actual accountability.

  3. This isn’t what accountability looks like. This is what a desperate person does to try to get back in the good graces of what he got caught at doing. He denied everything right up to the bitter end.

  4. If he was sorry for his actions why did he engage a campaign of denial, smearing his accusers?. Watson’s statements reeks of insincerity and is nothing more than self serving image control. Instead of trying to emulate other major sports in trying to eliminate such pernicious behavior, the NFL has lowered the standards of acceptable actions.

  5. Interesting they released this news on Thursday which is always a slow news cycle.

    Just in time for it to be overshadowed by the preseason games in which a lot of starters will play.

  6. Notice how his statement doesn’t take real responsibility for his actions? It’s vague, and designed to not open him up to legal responsibility in civil suits. It would be refreshing if he just OWNED his actions. But this is as close as it gets, I guess. Sad.

  7. And his first game after the suspension will be in Houston, after that, in Cincinnati. If the Browns were smart, they would hold him for two more weeks and not play him until week 14 when they play at home.

  8. He’s a complete liar and fraud. This is how abusers talk. There can’t be any accountability without acknowledging what he did, and he hasn’t acknowledged it at all. This is just the same spin that every narcissistic abuser uses on their victims.

    The NFL has signed off on an abuser getting away with it. They are now complicit.

  9. Can’t wait to see what the league does to the Texans for their involvement…probably nothing though…!!!

  10. Sue Robinson says otherwise, and I’ll take her word over a serial sexual assaulter.

  11. So he`s taking accountability and apologizing for his actions while still denying he did anything wrong?
    Wow! and the NFL still let him off that easy? The NFL can blame the union or the arbitrator all they want but they are the ones that failed their fans and all women!

  12. NOW he takes accountability? A hollow statement if I ever heard one. He’s only sorry that he got caught. I hope he does at least try to become a better person,but it takes a lot more than 3 months to break an addiction.

  13. “Just in time for a Week 13 trip to Houston.”

    The NFL will never let doing what they insist is the right thing to do get in the way of the almighty ratings. They are the absolute kings of situational ethics. It’s kind of disgusting.

  14. Stick to your guns Deshean. Sue the league, just as your lawyers has stated openly will happen with a long suspension. Your choice if sexual activity was very poor……but you did not commit Sexual Abuse to Consenting Adult females. Goodell made this him vs You. Sue. Your image is tarnished forever……based on some made up definition of Rogers.

  15. A serial sexual predator is allowed to play in the NFL. Those who defend him and the league are almost as bad as Watson. The NFL and its surrogates in the media will spin this eventually and Watson will be made out to be some sort of sick hero. As his criminality goes unpunished. I am sorry..

  16. Sunday, December 4…Ratings will be in the stratosphere for all of the wrong reasons.

  17. The fact the league will let this piece of garbage to allow himself to still claim innocence after he settles 23 cases and says he takes accountability for his actions? Sending bit of a mixed message to say the least.

  18. If the NFL Constitution says the maximum amount someone can be fined $500,000, why was he fined $5 million?

  19. “I take accountability for the decisions I made”…you mean I take responsibility for all the lives I have ruined…now I fixed it for you, Deshaun…

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