Robinson’s decision pales in comparison to the league-wide suggestion of a year-long ban for Watson, who has been accused of misconduct and sexual assault by more than 20 women (Watson has settled lawsuits with all but one accuser).
Assuming there’s no appeal, Monday’s announcement ensured that Cleveland gets its star quarterback for more than half its games this year. That should only bolster the Browns’ chances of making to the playoffs…or beyond.Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski spoke with reporters following the decision. When asked whether he had read Robinson’s full report, Stefanski said he hadn’t, but that he felt Watson was moving in the right direction.
Kevin Stefanski hasn’t yet read the Robinson report, but says that he still very much believes Deshaun Watson is working to be the best version of himself every day. #Browns pic.twitter.com/IHVGcS7rwK— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) August 1, 2022
Stefanski also said he respects Robinson’s decision, as well as any other potential proceedings the NFL or NFLPA may pursue in the coming few days.
#Browns HC Kevin Stefanski’s statement on the ruling from Judge Sue Robinson that Deshaun Watson should be suspended 6 games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. pic.twitter.com/328JKI5j4O
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) August 1, 2022
When asked how he’d respond to fans of the team who are women and feel aggrieved about Robinson’s ruling, Stefanski was more or less diplomatic, saying that he had a lot of sensitivity and “empathy” for those who felt unease with the nature of Watson’s punishment.
— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) August 1, 2022
Stefanski also made mention that this ordeal has prompted him to check in women across his life, including within the organization and in his personal life.
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski says he feels “incredible empathy” for people who feel impacted by the 6-game suspension given to QB Deshaun Watson:
“I’ve spoken to women in our organization … in the community, and that’s something that I’ll continue to do.” pic.twitter.com/fxhu5YbyXf
— The Recount (@therecount) August 1, 2022
The Browns head coach was never going to say very much and continued to walk a fine line when answering questions and didn’t deviate much from the script. No one expected him to.
If Watson’s suspension goes into affect without league appeal, he will miss out on six game checks totaling $345,000.