Much was said and also not said in two events on Friday regarding the Cleveland Browns introducing quarterback Deshaun Watson as their new starter just a day later. second grand jury elected to oppose the three-time Pro Bowl selection nomination still faces 22 civil lawsuits related to multiple allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.
As was the case last year, Watson maintain his chastity but rolled his eyes when he said he “didn’t know” that the Browns had offered him a five-year contract believed to be worth $230 million with the money fully guaranteed when he co-signed. agreed to waive the no-trade clause last week to go to Cleveland.
Each Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Browns general manager Andrew Berry was asked directly during the press conference: “Do you and the organization believe there has been no wrongdoing?”
Berry replied, “We feel very confident in the person Deshaun. We put a lot of faith in him. And we believe that when he joins our community and our organization, he does. will have a positive impact.”
Curious Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam didn’t attend that press conference but talk to members of the media in a Zoom conference later in the afternoon. According to a transcript shared by Scott Patsko of Cleveland.com, they were asked if “they don’t believe the 22 allegations from the women who filed the lawsuit” against their new QB1.
Jimmy Haslam replied: “I think we’ll just say what we’ve said before, and that’s we trust the legal process. “I think due process still exists in our country. The length of time we spent researching him led us to the decision we made.”
Florio notes that these are “yes or no” situations presented to people who don’t take any oaths but still manage to jump around whether they believe Watson’s disclaimer or not.
“I have never assaulted any woman,” Watson said emphatically in front of the microphone and camera. “I have never respected any woman.”