Deshaun Watson

On Friday, before the Cleveland Browns preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, quarterback Deshaun Watson offered an apology of sorts to the 24 women who accused him of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.

Watson was speaking with Aditi Kinkhabwala on the Browns Countdown pregame show when he appeared to admit that he was at fault for the allegations and that he was “truly sorry.”

“Your eligibility is still in question,” said Kinkhabwala. “And although this appeal is ongoing, I have to ask you: “The initial ruling from Judge Sue. Robinson made a very specific point of saying that your lack of remorse played into her decision-making. It’s been part of the narrative surrounding you. What is your response to that?”

“Look, I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation,” said Watson. “The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”

Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2022 NFL season. However, the NFL is currently appealing that decision and is said to want a much longer suspension. Meanwhile, Watson has reportedly said he would accept an eight-game suspension if that helped close the circle on this dark drama.

While he awaits the next steps in his suspension drama, the NFL world had some strong reactions to Watson’s comments on Friday night. Many people either didn’t believe that Watson was actually remorseful or they felt that it was simply part of a way to ensure the NFL would accept an eight-game appeal decision and put the issue to bed.

The apology might help Watson with the NFL but it doesn’t seem to have done much in the court of public opinion.

[Cleveland Browns]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.