The NFL cannot seem to avoid controversy.
The last two seasons, players have had to deal with the unconstitutional COVID mandates.
Now one shocking incident proves an NFL sex scandal isn’t going away.
The saga of Deshaun Watson continues.
Watson evaded indictment on two dozen allegations of sexual misconduct with masseuses he messaged online, but he’s still settling the civil cases.
Also, Watson has yet to receive final word on his suspension from the league.
Based on precedent for offenses that did not garner a criminal conviction, a judge recommended Watson be suspended for six games.
However, the NFL appealed the decision because Commissioner Roger Goodell is seeking an indefinite suspension that lasts at least one full season.
Watson is also getting hammered in the court of public opinion.
He started the Cleveland Browns’ first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Jaguars fans let Watson have it.
Fans chanted “you sick f*ck” after he took the field.
— Blitz Guy (@BlitzGuyOG) August 13, 2022
Watson also got booed mercilessly, and the crowd cheered when he threw incomplete passes.
— Will Wodka (@Will_Wodka) August 12, 2022
Fans also had a family-friendly chant for Watson when he was on the field.
If you think Jaguars fans aren’t classy, we had a clean version for the kids pic.twitter.com/xKk1lNXlUz
— Rev. Eric Dunn (@ericvdunn) August 13, 2022
Watson has a long way to go before his sexual indiscretions will be forgotten, or at least forgiven.
During a press conference, Watson issued an apology, saying, “Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation…The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”
Such platitudes are not going to do him any favors in the short term.
Ironically, Watson’s attempt to prove his “character” ended up burying him.
He had the opportunity to pay off an initial accuser quietly, but instead chose to publicly challenge the claims.
That’s when the floodgates opened and over 20 other women came forward.
The Watson episode is a nightmare for the NFL.
Watson is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and he recently signed a $230 million contract with the Browns.
The NFL wants that star power on the field, but the league also cannot be perceived as light on sexual misconduct, especially in the #MeToo era.
Watson has created a massive headache for himself and the league.