“Cleveland against the world” – Browns guard Joel Bitonio said the team will have to get used to chants like ‘sick f**k’ with Deshaun Watson on the field

Cleveland Browns guard Joel Bitonio feels the team has to endure even more hate during Deshaun Watson's presence on the field during games

Deshaun Watson and Joel Bitonio
Deshaun Watson and Joel Bitonio
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Deshaun Watson has created more buzz than legendary quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers this offseason. In March 2020, the former Houston Texans QB was accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 women. This offseason the cases against Watson were amassed to over 24 but almost all of these cases were settled.

After a thorough investigation retired Judge Sue Robinson handed Deshaun Watson a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. However, the NFL decided to appeal the verdict and is looking for a lengthy or indefinite suspension along with a hefty fine on the quarterback. And looks like it’s going to get worse for the Browns QB from here on out.

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Jaguars fans booed less once Deshaun Watson was off the field

Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson

On Friday night, the Cleveland Browns played their first game of the 2022 season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Deshaun Watson played a few snaps in the game and was greeted with boos and a three-word chant by the Jaguars fans. A video went viral in which fans were chanting “You sick f**k” as Watson lined up behind the center for the snap.

Joel Bitonio, guard for the Cleveland Browns said that the team will have to steel up for the hate they will receive whenever Watson steps up as the signal-caller. “You know, I think once Deshaun came out of the game we got booed less, but you go to a road game they boo you anyway, so you know what I mean?” Bitonio told reporters on Sunday, via Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal. “So we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure, it seems like more than ever, Cleveland against the world, so we’ll be ready for it.”

Bitonio is right. Fans have always booed the visiting teams but the Browns will be subject to a different or special kind of booing because of Watson. From the looks of it and people’s reactions during the entire Watson saga, this will follow the 26-year-old quarterback. Most teams in the league will be ready to accept this backlash from fans if it meant having a quarterback of Watson’s caliber.

However, Deshaun Watson showed how truly sorry he was for all the pain he caused the women as he publicly issued an apology a few days back. “I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation, the decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward,” Watson said.

It’s still unclear how long the Browns quarterback will be suspended since the NFL has asked for a longer sentence. Additionally, it still remains to be seen how Watson will perform after missing out on the entire last season and most or all of the 2022 season as well.

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