Deshaun Watson suspends ‘kiss on the cheek’, says women’s lawyer in civil lawsuit
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Tony Buzbee, the lawyer representing the women who accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct, has harshly criticized the six-game suspension handed to him earlier this week.
Twenty-four women have filed lawsuits against the Browns quarterback, and former federal judge Sue L. Robinson gave Watson what Buzbee says was an extremely light sentence.
“Six games isn’t even a pat on the wrist. It’s a kiss on the cheek,” Buzbee told reporters at a Thursday news conference. through athletics.
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Buzbee also told reporters that despite having two dozen women in the forefront, the NFL has only spoken with 10. Of those 10, only four cases were presented by the league at Watson’s hearing.
“It really makes you want to scratch your head and wonder what’s going on,” buzbee said.
Buzbee said he offered more of his clients to the NFL, but they refused — they also withheld affidavits from several of the accusers.
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Despite Buzbee’s criticism of the NFL, the league appealed the suspension, hoping for at least an entire season suspension.
However, Buzbee criticizes what the real end result will be.
“We are here today with a message for the NFL”, he said. “That message is simple and hopefully clear: Every victim of sexual assault is watching Roger Goodell and the NFL right now. And this idea that Mr. Goodell is going to turn it over to someone independent, we don’t ‘let’s not buy.’
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Watson was not criminally charged but made civil settlements with all but one of the women.