Does anybody else have Deshaun Watson fatigue?
I am tired of hearing and talking about Watson and what he may or may not have done or tried to do with 20, 30, 40, 50 or according to the New York Times, 66 massage therapists.
It’s time for Roger Goodell and the NFL to make a decision on Deshaun Watson.
While it is not clear if the NFL has completed their investigation or close to completing it, I have had enough.
At the very least, he can go on the Commissioner’s Exempt list for now. Watson wouldn’t be allowed to practice or attend games but he would still get paid.
Initially, I was thinking 6 or 8 game suspension for Watson but now I am thinking a year but if I were Goodell, knowing how the Browns worked his contract, I would leave him on the exempt list until every lawsuit is settled and then hand down the suspension punishment.
After reading the article from Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times, it is time for the NFL to act. Just when it seemed like the Watson story was ending, the stories and interviews done last couple of weeks show we are not even close to a resolution.
I am not sure how much money it will ultimately cost Watson but at what point does he look at the cost of the potential settlement versus whatever he is paying his attorneys?
I am sure the Cleveland Browns and NFL would like Watson to do what he can to settle this, much like Rusty Hardin said last week that the Dolphins wanted him to settle them before they would agree to a trade. In that interview last week, Hardin said 18 of the 22 were willing to settle.
Now we are up to 24 lawsuits. That number could grow after the New York Times reported Watson booked massage appointments with at least 66 different women over 17 months, from fall 2019 through spring 2021.
While no criminal charges are coming, for now, partly in my non-legal scholar opinion, because it is tough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a he said-she said with little evidence. We do know Watson has embarrassed the Shield – and I cannot imagine the league letting him play while these cases are still not resolved.
It’s time for Roger to do something.
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