Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson fields questions Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson fields questions about his 11-game suspension during a press conference at the NFL team’s training facility in Berea on Thursday. Watsonsuspension 3

Now that the NFL has comes to terms with Deshaun Watson on a suspension for 11 games during the 2022 season, not everyone was pleased with the decision.

Despite Watson’s hefty suspension by the league, the attorney representing the women who sued Watson, Tony Buzbee, was not happy with the NFL or Roger Goodell, calling the commissioner  a “paper tiger.”

“The message today to all victims is clear, if you believe you have been sexually assaulted by a powerful person, keep your mouth shut and go away,” Buzbee said. “The NFL has certainly demonstrated that its ownership and the organization doesn’t care.”

Buzbee then encouraged women who have survived and suffered because of sexual assault to keep fighting and not let this decision keep them from telling the truth.

Watson was only going to serve a six-game suspension, but outcries from the public and within the NFL itself led to a push for harsher punishment for the Cleveland quarterback.

Although Watson was never convicted of his crimes, he did end up paying out millions of dollars to his victims. Despite the harsher punishment, there are still those questioning why Watson is still able to play this year while Calvin Ridley, who was suspended for a year for gambling, was treated differently.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.