The Cleveland Browns described their research and investigation into Deshaun Watson and the allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct against him as, “extensive.” It’s right there in a statement that the team released Sunday announcing the trade.
“We are acutely aware and empathetic to the highly personal sentiments expressed about this decision,” Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam said in a statement. “Our team’s comprehensive evaluation process was of utmost importance due to the sensitive nature of his situation and the complex factors involved. We also understand there are still some legal proceedings that are ongoing and we will respect due process.
“It was pivotal that we, along with Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski, meet with Deshaun to have a straightforward dialogue, discuss our priorities, and hear directly from him on how he wants to approach his career on and off the field. He was humble, sincere and candid. In our conversations, Deshaun detailed his commitment to leading our team; he understands and embraces the hard work needed to build his name both in the community and on the field. … We are confident in Deshaun and excited about moving forward with him as our quarterback and supporting his genuine and determined efforts.”
Tony Buzbee told ESPN’s John Barr that none of his clients have spoken with a representative from any team.
“The Browns organization did not reach out to me,” Buzbee said. “I didn’t expect them to do so, and can understand why they didn’t. But, knowing what I know, they probably should have.”
Bar added, “Previously, NFL investigators did speak to a limited number of Buzbee’s clients.”
Deshaun Watson will no longer face criminal charges for alleged cases of sexual misconduct, but he is still dealing with 22 civil lawsuits for claims surrounding his disgusting behavior.
Whatever the case may be, there’s no going back for Cleveland. The trade is done, and Watson will collect every penny from a five-year, $230 million extension that’s fully guaranteed.
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