Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns have been all over the headlines in recent times. Ideally, they’d like to be in the news for the blockbuster trade that sent Watson to Cleveland and to be fair, that did happen, but it’s the press conference to welcome Watson that’s really breaking stories.
There are a number of things that could be talked about when it comes to Deshaun Watson. His incredible play with the Texans comes to mind. His massive trade or his even bigger contract that he just signed. However, this is Deshaun Watson after all. The only thing people want to talk about when it comes to him is his sexual misconduct allegations and the media at his press conference with the Browns held nothing back.
When asked about the allegations, Deshaun Watson responded saying “I understand these allegations are serious. I never assaulted any woman. I’ve never disrespected any woman. I was raised to be genuine and to respect everyone around me.” That’s to be expected as is normally the case with allegations like this. Lawyers are always telling their clients to keep quiet and Watson basically did that.
Recently, John Middlekauff reacted to the press conference and unleashed a bit of a rant about it, crediting the media for asking the uncomfortable questions and keeping things real.
John Middlekauff wasn’t surprised that Deshaun Watson was defensive during the press conference
In a segment of the ‘3 and Out’ podcast, John Middlekauff was quoted saying “A lot of people reacted saying, ‘it’s a disaster.’ I don’t know how it wasn’t gonna be a disaster. Because there was only one thing the fans were thinking and that the media was gonna ask. The media was asking literally everything we were thinking and I think it was healthy.”
Middlekauff further added “I was not shocked to see them defensive. They were always going to say the politically correct line. So when Deshaun Watson got up there, he really wasn’t going to be able to say anything. So we didn’t learn anything new. One issue I do have is that Deshaun said he didn’t come for money. Bullsh*t. Ultimately this was a massive money grab for you and your agent and there’s nothing wrong with that but do not look at everyone and act like the money didn’t matter.”
Middlekauff also added “I think it’s insane that the Browns did it(paid Deshaun Watson so much guaranteed money). But, it also speaks to how desperate they were to get a quarterback into the building. He got $80 million more than Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers got back-to-back MVPs and this guy hasn’t played in a year and is gonna get suspended. It was just an absolute sh*tshow. Tough questions needed to be asked and they weren’t gonna have answers and they didn’t and it was a bad look.”
Unfortunately for both Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns, this isn’t over yet. The cases aren’t just going to disappear. Once that is finally sorted out, the NFL will very like give Watson a suspension. There’s a lot more to struggle through but the Browns certainly knew that going in and they’re clearly willing to do so to have a franchise quarterback.