Cleveland Browns star Deshaun Watson received a six-game suspension from the league after more than 20 women accused the NFL player of being sexually inappropriate to them. The ruling was made earlier this morning after it was found that the 26-year-old quarterback violated the league’s personal conduct policy. Although Watson has received disciplinary action, not everyone believed the league’s ruling was harsh enough.
TMZ reports that The National Organization of Women responded to Watson’s six-year suspension, calling it “unacceptable, insulting, and dangerous.” The organization, which lobbies for gender and constitutional equality, also called out the Browns for giving Watson a multi-million dollar contract despite facing over 20+ lawsuits.
They re-structured his contract to make the majority of his $46 million first-year payout a “signing bonus,” not tied to him playing actual games.
Shame on the Cleveland Browns for rewarding Deshaun Watson and shame on the NFL for perpetuating a system where money talks, and women aren’t heard.
Deshaun Watson must not be allowed to profit from his horrific behavior, and the NFL must change its business model that allows, enables, and hides sexual misconduct into one that respects women and holds abusers accountable.
Deshaun Watson has settled 23 of the 24 lawsuits against him as of Sunday. It’s also worth noting that the NFL didn’t officially hand down the suspension; instead, it was given by former U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson. The National Organization of Women believed this is another case of “women being unheard.”
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