Talent trumps something within the NFL — and Jimmy Haslam is aware of that.
“We strongly believe [Deshaun Watson] deserves a second chance,” the Cleveland Browns owner said last week. “We gave Kareem Hunt a second chance and that worked out pretty well.”
A couple of days later — marching to the beat of the drum that Haslam began taking part in — a few disgusting “adults” confirmed up on the stadium in “support” of their star quarterback. There was a person promoting T-shirts that learn “BITCH GIVE ME A MASSAGE!” within the staff’s colours, together with what seemed to be a father-and-son duo that confirmed up with indicators “FUCK THEM HOES” and. “FREE WATSON.”
Way to remain stylish, Cleveland.
Beyond being a reminder that the Browns are a franchise that may at all times welcome gifted gamers who’ve performed unhealthy issues to ladies, Haslam gave each man — and girl — that doesn’t consider ladies, or at all times assumes that they’re mendacity about undesirable sexual acts or advances which have been made in opposition to them, the inexperienced mild to behave like it is a dialog about redemption when it’s solely about income.
If Watson weren’t good at soccer, Haslam wouldn’t have signed him to the biggest assured deal in NFL historical past. He doesn’t care about Watson’s soul, he cares about his funding. And that’s not an opinion, it’s a truth.
“And you can say, ‘well that’s because he’s a star quarterback.’ Well, of course,” said Haslam about what’s the true purpose why the franchise is standing behind Watson.
In a sequence of tweets final month, ESPN reporter Kimberley A. Martin chronicled some fan reactions towards Watson at follow. The scene of kids frolicking towards him was irritating. And it’s not prefer it was the children’ fault, because the blame is on their dad and mom. I imply, how else do you assume they acquired there? Somebody needed to take them to follow in order that they may get autographs and a pair of their “hero’s” cleats.
It’s a far cry from how issues had been final summer season for Watson, as he was caught on digital camera strolling off the sector at a Houston Texans follow when he requested the media, “Why y’all always filming me every day? It’s the same shit,” as if he isn’t the explanation why he had no less than 24 sexual misconduct lawsuits filed in opposition to him.
The method you stroll and speak modifications while you’ve realized that you just’re Teflon in your staff proprietor’s eyes.
Over the subsequent few months, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how followers — of all ages — reply to Deshaun Watson. Will he get booed on the street and be supported at residence? Or in a couple of months, will individuals have “moved on” to focus solely on soccer?
But what we do know is that these youngsters who had been holding up indicators and getting autographs from Watson had been there due to their dad and mom. And while you understand that these youngsters will in the future change into dad and mom, you begin to perceive how this cycle continues.