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The Cleveland Browns, everyone's favourite punching bags in the last 20-30 years has just gotten revenge and literally gave the NFL one of the biggest black eyes it ever received.

 

I don't know if i should applaud or be agast.

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I’m honestly kind of baffled that people are so surprised/outraged by the lightness of all of this. If we’ve learned anything over the past decade it’s that money is always going to protect money, and :censored: everything and everyone else. It’s the only thing that matters not just to the NFL, but to the vast majority of American culture. Even the good that’s done is most often done with the ulterior motive that it’ll help profit margins in the long run. 
 

Just look at the Calvin Ridley suspension. He got absolutely dumptrucked for something completely innocuous in comparison to the Watson thing, but the difference is that it broke the one rule the NFL really has. Don’t :censored: with the money. As long as you avoid that, you can do anything you want. You can rape and beat women, steal from charitable organizations, discriminate based on race/class/sex/etc, you can even murder someone and face only the lightest scrutiny for it. These are all things the NFL has in their somewhat recent past. We know this to be true. But :censored: with the money? That’s the real sin, according to the NFL. 

 

The NFL is nothing more than a microcosm of our completely rotten to the core culture. 

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47 minutes ago, dont care said:

How can the league appeal when they are the ones who came with the punishment?

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/deshaun-watson-browns-nfl-suspension/tmgtu9pzyg2zjdbgn6wknzot

 

From this article...

 

"The length of the suspension was the decision of retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson, who oversaw the Watson disciplinary hearings in June. She noted that Watson's "non-violent sexual conduct" helped him avoid a longer suspension."

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48 minutes ago, TBGKon said:

"The length of the suspension was the decision of retired federal judge Sue L. Robinson, who oversaw the Watson disciplinary hearings in June. She noted that Watson's "non-violent sexual conduct" helped him avoid a longer suspension."

 

 What?!

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8 hours ago, DG_ThenNowForever said:

Amazingly, it gets worse:

 

 

 

The only way THAT part is acceptable is if all of Cleveland's massage therapists are big, sweaty, fat, ugly men.

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City of Cincinnati has denied the Bengals formal request  for using temporary banners showing Paul Brown Stadiums new name. No new name has been announced yet, but the Bengals were looking into selling the naming rights. The city is citing zoning codes for the denial. Those codes being:

-Temporary signs are to be made with cloth or other light fabric. The Bengals want vinyl.

-Some signs would excede size restrictions.

-The signs would be up for the entire season, beyond the 30 day, four times per year limit for temporary signs.

-Some signs would cover windows.

 

The Bengals are petitioning for an exception, with a hearing set later in August.

 

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Unlike the Steelers, I hope they partner with a local sponsor. Third party corporate stadium names tend to always suck, but I would think something that is close by and tolerated by the locals would be more accepted. It won't though because profit is key here, so it'll probably be named after some banking company based in Texas.

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Her job wasn't to determine what kind of suspension Watson deserved.  He job was basically to consider the precedent the NFL had set for punishments for other transgressions and to decide where he fit into that spectrum, and she claims that what Watson did to 4 women (they can't consider all of the others) wasn't the same as punching your wife in the face and knocking her out.  I disagree with her assessment, but I still think it's worth noting what her job was and wasn't.

 

I think the notion of a "non-violent" sexual assault is nonsense, but the bad guys here are the NFL for being so light on things in the past.  Had they established more of a precedent, she wouldn't have had any option but to side with them.

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5 hours ago, dont care said:

How can the league appeal when they are the ones who came with the punishment?

 

They weren't.  They wanted more of a punishment, but agreed to arbitration to avoid battles with Watson and the PA.  Either side can appeal the ruling, but here's the thing - the appeal is decided on by ROGER GOODELL, which kinda makes you wonder what's the point of arbitration if he can make the ultimate call if he wants to?

 

So it's basically like this: Goodell says a year, the PA argues so they agree to go to arbitration, arbitration says 6 games, the league appeals and Goodell says a year.  The arbitration is basically theater, unless Goodell is just too afraid of the legal challenges.

 

Watson already said he's fine with it (because of course he would be) but he should probably appeal just for fun since it'd be hard to hear a guy's appeal and then give him more time.  It would be a defensive appeal - but it won't happen.

 

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9 hours ago, habsfan1 said:

Does the Cleveland Browns management dept even care about football or their fans?

They care about winning football games, but not the fans. The Browns make it easy to dig at them for this, but if he was at Carolina or Atlanta I'm pretty sure we'd be saying the same thing about those teams. Also, the Browns owner got mad at the Nordeke (Columbus Crew supporters group) for his non statements on issues affecting women, both with the Browns and overall with certain court decisions. So we're not really surprised by his (Haslam and Watson's actually) lack of compassion for the victims.

 

https://www.dispatch.com/story/sports/mls/columbus-crew/2022/04/03/crew-supporters-banners-deshaun-watson-sexual-assaults-survivors/7262189001/

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