Browns owner Jimmy Haslam insists he would ‘absolutely’ bring Deshaun Watson back to Cleveland

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam insists he would ‘absolutely’ bring Deshaun Watson back to Cleveland today, despite the QB star’s 11-game ban and a $5million fine for dozens of sexual misconduct allegations: ‘Isn’t he ever meant to be part of the company?’

  • Jimmy Haslam defended the team in exchange for Deshaun Watson on Thursday
  • Watson was suspended for 11 games over allegations of sexual misconduct
  • He is now expected to make his debut in December against the Texans

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has no regrets about acquiring Deshaun Watson after the quarterback was suspended 11 games on Thursday for sexual misconduct allegations.

When asked, Haslam said he would “absolutely” re-sign Watson today, despite being accused by two dozen women of sexual misconduct in civil lawsuits.

‘Is he supposed to never play again?,’ Haslam opined. “Is he supposed to never be part of society? »

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam doesn't regret trading for Deshaun Watson

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam doesn’t regret trading for Deshaun Watson

“We gave Kareem Hunt a second chance and it worked out pretty well.”

Hunt was released by the Chiefs in 2018 after a video emerged of him assaulting a woman in a hotel.

However, as a twitter user noted, Hunt and Watson’s “second chances” are very different.

Hunt, a Pro Bowler with the Chiefs, was cut by Kansas City and picked up by Cleveland on a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

In Watson’s case, the Browns traded three (and counting) first-round picks to Houston for him, and he was later given a five-year, $230 million contract extension by Cleveland.

Watson will now miss much of the first year of that contract after the NFL and players’ union settled the league’s appeal of Watson’s suspension.

Watson maintained his innocence on Thursday, but apologized to those he had

Watson maintained his innocence on Thursday, but apologized to those he ‘triggered’

He first received a lighter six-game suspension by an independent referee.

As part of the terms of the suspension, Watson will have to “promptly submit to a professional evaluation by behavioral experts and follow their treatment program,” although the former Houston QB maintained his innocence on Thursday.

Watson used deliberate language to discuss the allegations, saying his apology on Thursday was for the people he “triggered”, and apologized last week “to all the women I’ve touched”.

“I continue with my career and my life, and I continue to stand on my innocence,” Watson told reporters on Thursday.

“Just because colonies are happening doesn’t mean a person is guilty.”

Watson was also fined $5 million, which will be in addition to $1 million contributions from the NFL and the Browns to create a $7 million charity fund that will be used to educate young people about the sexual assaults.

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center released a statement to DailyMail.com in light of the suspension.

‘Cleveland Rape Crisis Center stands with those hurt by Deshaun Watson.

“While traditional avenues of criminal justice may have failed his accusers, the current NFL and NFLPA settlement of increased penalties is a step toward validating their experiences. Healing comes to survivors in many forms.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center believes in and supports survivors. Continuous headlines trigger for many. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, online or by calling/texting (216) 619-6192.’

Watson is now set to make his debut against the Texans - his former team - on December 4

Watson is now set to make his debut against the Texans – his former team – on December 4

Watson also released a statement in response to the suspension.

“I am grateful that the disciplinary process has been completed and I greatly appreciate the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization,” Watson said.

“I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take responsibility for the decision I made. My goal going forward is to work towards becoming the best version of myself on and off the pitch and to support my teammates as much as possible while I’m away from the team.

“I’m excited for what the future holds for me in Cleveland.”

Watson can practice until August 30 and can be reinstated on November 28.

His first game, assuming he’s healthy, will be against the Texans on Dec. 4.

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