Last week, Andrea Thome, wife of MLB legend Jim Thome, said that her family has cancelled its season tickets following the Cleveland Browns’ acquisition of Deshaun Watson.
“Officially cancelled our Browns season tickets today and asked for a refund as they were paid in full,” Thome tweeted. “Very sad after 40 years as a fan, but this is my line in the sand. I believe women. Especially when there are 22 of them. That press conference did nothing to change my mind.
“They may not give us a refund. But I sent the letter today. If @Browns won’t refund—-I will auction off every single game and publicly donate every cent to different women’s crisis charities in N.E. Ohio, raising awareness week by week during the season.”
Jim Thome’s wife is serious about how heartbroken she is that the Cleveland Browns would trade for a QB like Deshaun Watson, who has so much controversy hanging over him.
This week, she was back on Twitter to announce she received from one of Deshaun Watson’s accusers.
“I wouldn’t wish the last 48 hours on anyone, but this letter is why it was worth it,” she tweeted. “I stand by my decision and none of threats, name-calling, false-accusations or character assassination makes any difference. Other peoples opinion of me is none of my business.”
“I am one of the women assaulted by Deshaun Watson. My name is [redacted].
“I saw your tweet, and that you took a stand by giving up your season tickets. Anyone who says that you are virtue-signaling or that it ‘doesn’t matter’ is wrong,” the woman wrote. “It matters to me. Any tweet or comment I see that speaks against sexual violence against women is one more reason for me to keep going and not feel utterly hopeless.
“I have been at my lowest point the last couple of weeks, and I just wanted to say thank you.”
Andrea added that the Browns have since refunded their money and she has every plan to donate that cash to women’s charities in the Cleveland area.
Thome’s original tweets came on the same day that the Browns held a press conference to introduce Watson, who maintained his innocence on multiple occasions.
“I never assaulted, I never disrespected and I never harassed any woman in my life,” he said. “I wasn’t raised that way. My mom and my aunties didn’t raise me that way over the course of my life. That’s not in my DNA. As far as the details of the things that they’re alleging, I can’t speak on that because there’s an ongoing investigation. But in the future, once everything’s resolved, I would sit down and love to talk about it.”
Two different grand juries have declined to indict Watson on sexual misconduct charges. But while Watson has not been criminally charged, he still faces civil lawsuits and potential punishment from the NFL.