The Cleveland Browns are done with the Baker Mayfield era after they agreed to trade for Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson posted an edited picture of himself in a Browns uniform on Instagram with a caption saying, “Cleveland, LETSSSS GOOOO!! #DawgPound Ready To Work!” He has since been introduced to the local media and meeting with his new teammates.
It was just last week when a Harris County grand jury declined to charge Watson over allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct. Watson still faces 22 civil lawsuits, many of them alleging sexual assault and misconduct. The NFL is also investigating the accusations and if Watson is found to have violated league rules, he likely would be suspended.
One Sirius XM NFL Radio seems to see a huge problem with what happened with Watson and what the league did to a former NFL QB.
Amber Theoharis, who is also an Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, took to Twitter and called out the league for blackballing Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee during the Anthem while Watson gets traded to a new team and gets paid nicely to do so.
“One QB kneels during the nat’l anthem & was/is essentially blackballed. The other QB had 22 women accuse him of sexual misconduct & the browns give him $230mil bc he’s good at football. Women/minorities continue to take L’s & it hurts every time we are reminded where we stand.”
Watson has told the Texans he is willing to waive his no-trade clause for the move and will reportedly receive a five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million contract from the Browns. It would be the highest guaranteed money given to a National Football League player, according to ESPN.
After the grand jury declined to indict Watson, the quarterback told reporters in Houston that he was ready to get back on the field.
“It’s definitely a very emotional moment for me. I know we’re far from being done of handling what we need to handle (legally),” Watson said. “I thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for letting the truth be heard.”
Watson, having been selected for three Pro Bowls in his five seasons with the Houston Texans, did not play during the 2021 season because of investigations into the allegations.
Colin Kaepernick is still trying to make his way back in the league.