Game Attendees Go Off on Embattled QB Deshaun Watson

During his first game back on the field amid allegations of sexual misconduct, NFL fans didn’t hold back their anger towards quarterback Deshaun Watson — shouting profanities, booing and taunting the player throughout the game.

Twenty-five masseuses accused Watson of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct between March of 2020 and March of 2021.

During his debut as quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in their preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday, Watson was greeted with vulgarities from the crowd of Jacksonville fans.

A video posted to Twitter showing his first play as a member of the Browns featured jeers and boos ringing throughout the entire stadium. Another Twitter user who was closer to the field shared a similar video of the angry crowd’s reaction to Watson, where the boos were much louder.

The booing was reportedly so audible that it could be heard on the Jaguars’ TV broadcast, according to a clip posted by one Twitter user.

Another video shared on Twitter by podcaster Eric Dunn showed fans in the end zone behind Watson chanting “no means no” as the quarterback stepped onto the field.

Barstool Sports posted a video featuring Jaguars fans in the end zone chanting “you sick f***” at the quarterback as he broke the huddle and lined up for the first play.

In response to the allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct against him, NFL disciplinary officer and former federal judge Sue L. Robinson suspended Watson for the first six games of the 2022 season on August 1.

The NFL has since appealed Robinson’s decision, and has requested a harsher penalty for Watson’s actions under the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Brown’s quarterback sat out of the entire 2021 season amid a dispute with his former team, the Houston Texas, prior to the news breaking of the sexual assault allegations.

Two Texas grand juries declined to criminally prosecute Watson, and he has since settled most of the cases out of court with the women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

During a pregame interview with CBS Sports correspondent Aditi Kinkhabwala, Watson issued an on-camera apology. A clip of that interview was shared by the Browns on Twitter.

“I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation,” Watson said. “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.”

Kinkhabwala noted that Watson’s “lack of remorse” was taken into consideration when determining the length of his suspension.

The quarterback did not have a strong start to his debut on the Cleveland Browns. Watson completed just 1 of 5 passes for a total of 7 yards, with no touchdowns, in the Browns’ 24-13 preseason victory over the Jaguars.