Deshaun Watson’s decision ignites social media, backlash pours in as quarterback faces six-game suspension

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly suspended six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, sparking a fierce backlash on social media over what is being perceived as a lenient decision.

Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson released a 15-page finding finding Watson violated policy, but there was insufficient evidence to warrant an indefinite suspension, ESPN reported.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson returns to pass during NFL football practice in Berea, Ohio on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson returns to pass during NFL football practice in Berea, Ohio on Friday, July 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

The NFLPA released a statement Sunday night ahead of the ruling that it would stand by Robinson’s decision and urged the NFL to “do the same.”

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“A former federal judge – jointly appointed by the NFLPA and the NFL – held a full and fair hearing, read thousands of pages of investigative materials and considered both sides’ arguments impartially,” the statement said. . “Every player, owner, business partner and stakeholder deserves to know that our process is legitimate and will not be tarnished by the whims of the League office.”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, right, talks with quarterback Jacoby Brissett during NFL football practice in Berea, Ohio on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, right, talks with quarterback Jacoby Brissett during NFL football practice in Berea, Ohio on Friday, July 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/David Dermer)

“That is why, whatever his decision, Deshaun and the NFLPA will stand by its decision, and we call on the NFL to do the same.”

However, the reaction on social media has apparently not been positive – drawing comparisons to the NFL’s full-season suspension. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley and others.

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Watson had recently settled 23 of 24 lawsuits in Texas where he was charged with sexual assault, according to the attorney representing the women. In July, the Houston Texans settled with 30 women after the team was accused of ignoring concerns and allowing Watson. The terms of the settlement have been kept confidential.​​

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during off season practice for the Cleveland Browns at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on June 1, 2022 in Berea, Ohio.

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during off season practice for the Cleveland Browns at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on June 1, 2022 in Berea, Ohio.
(Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

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The NFLwho previously requested an indefinite suspension, could still appeal the decision.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.