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NFL World Reacts to Deshaun Watson Suspension

Deshaun Watson NFL Reaction

Over the last year and a half, the Deshaun Watson saga has been at the forefront of nearly every news cycle. On Monday morning, Judge Sue Robinson levied a six-game suspension against the Browns’ star quarterback for his 24 accused sexual assaults.

The next step is a possible appeal from the NFL, as the NFLPA has said that they won’t appeal. An appeal by the NFL would put the decision in the hands of commissioner Roger Goodell.

One of the intriguing elements of this is what Judge Robinson said about the suspension. She claimed that the sexual conduct allegations were “nonviolent” which is what led to the short suspension.

How Judge Robinson phrased her decision was baffling. Was she trying to say that “nonviolent sexual misconduct” is somehow better than that of a violent nature? This set the internet on fire.

The suspension itself invoked a lot of reaction and emotion from all sides of the internet.

One of the bigger narratives surrounding the suspension is the direct comparison to others, including Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He was suspended for at least the 2022 season for sports gambling, including betting on his own team. Other players were mentioned as well, including former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. He was also suspended six games for a sexual assault allegation.

Tyler Forness contributed to this report