One question for the NFL: How many female accusers does it take before acting against Deshaun Watson?
To say that the allegations are “deeply disturbing” does not count as action. Everyone is “deeply disturbed” by what we are seeing. These words have also become so watered down that they don’t mean as much as they did before. I am deeply disturbed when my wireless connection goes down.
But back to the original question. Is there a specific number? Do five women say Watson behaved inappropriately? We passed that number a long time ago. Is it 10? Passed that too. Fifteen? It’s very March. Twenty? Surprisingly, we also left this number in the dust.
Now we are at 22 women suing Watson, some of them bringing various (but similar) charges of sexual misconduct, including catching them, exposing themselves, touching them with her genitals, cumming on them or them. force them to put their mouths. on his genitals.
Even if you think half of them are lying, or their lawyer Tony Buzbee is a clown orchestrating it all, that still leaves a lot of female accusers. Are they all lie? Each of them?
The NFL has been rather calm as one of the ugliest stories in recent league history unfolded before the country. This inaction must change. This inaction gives the impression that the NFL doesn’t care. While one of the only tools Commissioner Roger Goodell can use, the bye list has not been used before during the offseason, putting Watson in it would send the message that the NFL has at least minimal interest. for the question.
Because right now the league seems completely disinterested. It looks flawless, like he’s waiting for everything to end, like it’s a normal news event like an exchange. Maybe if Watson was riding a soccer ball, the league would take action.
In fact, Nike has taken tougher measures than the league. It’s a problem when a shoe company is morally and ethically beyond you.
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There are many reasons why the league should act, and every hurdle raised by Watson’s defenders continues to be crossed. Watson has an excellent reputation, say his supporters. Bill Cosby too. Hey, wait a minute, none of them went to the police. One just did. The avocado is a carnival barker. It may be true, but if it is all wrong, it is one of the biggest fakes in history, and Buzbee does it at his peril. All the women are anonymous. No longer. Two have come forward this week.
Ashley Solis, the first woman to sue Watson, spoke to reporters on Tuesday.
“Deshaun Watson assaulted and harassed me on March 30, 2020, in my own home, doing what I love most: massage therapy,” Solis said. “I replay the incident over and over in my head, like I’m trying to wake up from a horrible nightmare. Only this nightmare is real.”
Even if you want to believe that all of Buzbee’s clients are lying as part of a mass conspiracy, the woman interviewed by Illustrated sports is not one of his clients.
Of IF story: “Watson was on his back the whole session. Massaging her abdomen, Mary says she noticed “different liquids on her stomach.” She remembers wondering if it was really pre-cum, thinking to herself, “ It can’t be what I think it is. In the last five to 10 minutes of the session, Mary says Watson started pushing her pelvis into the air again, this time much faster. “At that point, I recognized it for what it was,” says Mary. She says she told him. he needed to “calm down”. He stopped, the session ended, and she left the room to let him get dressed. ”
Does this sound wrong to you?
One of the biggest arguments against the NFL taking action now is that you have to allow due process or wait for criminal charges.
But the NFL hasn’t always cared about due process or criminal charges in the past. When Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was charged with sexual assault, the NFL suspended him for six games. There was a police investigation but Roethlisberger was never charged with a felony.
The letter Goodell wrote to Roethlisberger in 2010 was remarkable and could easily apply to Watson today.
“The personal conduct policy makes it clear that I can discipline” even where the conduct does not result in a conviction for a crime “, for example when the driving” presents an inherent danger to the safety and well-being of another person “.” Goodell wrote.
“As the district attorney concluded, the full investigative record shows that you contributed to irresponsible alcohol consumption by purchasing [or facilitating the purchase of] alcoholic drinks for underage students, “Goodell wrote,” at least some of whom were probably already intoxicated. There is no doubt that heavy drinking that night put you and the students at risk. The Personal Conduct Policy also states that discipline is appropriate for conduct that “undermines or endangers the integrity and reputation of NFL players, NFL clubs or NFL players.” Either way, your conduct meets this standard. “
“I agree that the allegations in Georgia have been disputed and have not resulted in criminal proceedings against you,” Goodell continued. “My decision today is not based on a finding that you violated Georgian law, or a finding that differs from that of the local prosecutor. That said, you are held to a higher level as as an NFL player, and there is nothing about your conduct in Milledgeville that can remotely be described as admirable, responsible, or consistent with the values of the league or the expectations of our fans. “
That’s not to say Watson should be suspended. It’s because Goodell has said publicly that convictions aren’t the only action, and what matters is whether the conduct “undermines or endangers the integrity and reputation of the NFL.”
We also know the NFL loves to talk about its importance to women when it suits them. The league has women’s highs, where it boasts of all the advancements women have made in the sport. Goodell, during the first edition in 2016, stressed the importance of women in the league.
“We believe in diversity,” said Goodell. “We think we are better as an organization when we have good people at the table. We have great people at the table. We also see that on the pitch. Sarah (Thomas) was our first official from the NFL on the court this year, and she’s done a fantastic job, and we’re very proud of her. “
“You can see that progress is being made,” he said. “And our commitment is that we’ve got something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure that when we have an opening, whether in the squad or at the league level, we’re going to interview a diverse roster of candidates. Well, we’re going to make that commitment and we’re going to formalize that we as a league are going to do that with women too in all of our leadership roles. Once again, we will continue to make progress here and make a difference. “
It’s good that the NFL is empowering women.
However, there is no better message to show women they matter than to take action against Watson.
So, we come back to this question, NFL:
How many women does it take?