The fallout from the Deshaun Watson suspension continues after the announcement of his six-game suspension came down.
Sue L. Robinson suspended Watson for six games after more than 20 women came forward alleging Watson made inappropriate sexual advances during personal massage sessions from 2020 to 2021.
Hours after that decision, the Rape Crises Center released a statement to state how disappointed they were by the ruling.
“Cleveland Rape Crises Center is disappointed by the decision,” the statement read. “The 6-game suspension given dangerously mirrors the flaws in our criminal justice systems and sends a grave message to our communities. Far too often those in positions of power and celebrity who commit violence against others are not held accountable for their actions.”
The league had pushed for an indefinite suspension of at least one year and at least a $5 million fine for the 26-year-old Watson during a three-day hearing before Robinson in June.
Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints brought by 10 of the women.
If the league fails to appeal the decision, Watson could suit up for as many as eleven games in 2022. If the Browns can keep their heads above water until he gets back, they could make a serious run to the postseason.
Watson can continue to practice and play in exhibition games before his suspension begins the first week of the regular season.
Watson has developed into one of the league’s elite QBs, throwing for 4,823 yards and 33 TDs in 2020 despite playing on a Texans team that went just 4-12.