Deshaun Watson accusers' attorney slams NFL commissioner after settlement news

The NFL and Watson settled on an 11-game suspension.

by Dzevad Mesic
Deshaun Watson accusers' attorney slams NFL commissioner after settlement news

Attorney Tony Buzbee slammed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the league reached a settlement with Deshaun Watson. Buzbee, the attorney representing the 24 women who accused Watson of se*ual misconduct, wasn't happy after seeing that the league settled with Watson on an 11-game suspension.

For weeks, it was reported that Goodell was seeking at least a one-full season suspension for Watson. The Watson case ended with the two sides settling on an 11-game suspension and a $5 million fine. "By settling this matter the way he has, Roger Goodell has proven one of two things: either his recent rhetoric was utter baloney, or his bark is much worse than his bite," Buzbee said in a statement to the media.

"My belief is that he is nothing more than a paper tiger."

Buzbee slams Goodell for settling with Watson

Buzbee suggested the NFL missed out on a chance to properly punish Watson and to send out a strong message. "The message today to all victims is clear, if you believe you have been se*ually 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. To all se*ual assault survivors, do not allow this recent 'punishment' to deter you. Keep speaking up and keep speaking out. Your voice matters.

You are making a difference. We stand with you." Meanwhile, Watson vowed to focus on becoming a better individual after settling his case with the NFL. Also, Watson apologized to everyone who was affected by this situation.

"I'm grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization," Watson said in a statement released by the Browns.

"I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made. My focus going forward is on working to become the best version of myself on and off the field and supporting my teammates however possible while I'm away from the team.

I'm excited about what the future holds for me in Cleveland." The Watson saga is finally over and there are no more questions. Watson will miss the Browns' first 11 games of the season and will be allowed to play toward the end of the regular season. Jacoby Brissett will likely be the Browns' starting quarterback while Watson is suspended.

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