Houston — Quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled in the first game against his former team.
Watson, returning from an 11-game suspension for committing sexual assault and violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, as defined by the league, will lead the Cleveland Browns in a touchdown drive against the Houston Texans on Sunday. I couldn’t
Cleveland beat the league’s worst team 27-14 behind two defensive touchdowns and a Donovan Peoples-Jones punt return score.
Watson had 131 yards on 12 of 22 passes in just 700 days of regular-season games. He also threw an interception in the end his zone, negating Cleveland’s best offensive scoring opportunity.
Despite NRG Stadium being half-empty, Watson was loudly booed before the Browns snapped throughout the game.
“They should boo,” said Watson. “I’m Cleveland Brown now. We’re on a business trip, so they’re supposed to boo.”
The Browns traded Watson in March to send three first-round draft picks to the Texans. Cleveland then signed Watson to his five-year contract worth $230 million. This is his highest-paid contract in NFL history.
Watson asked the Texans to trade him after the 2020 season. He was then accused of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct by more than 20 women during massage sessions before he missed the entire 2021 season.
Some of the women were scheduled to attend Sunday’s game, according to attorney Tony Busby.
This summer, Watson agreed to settle 23 of the 24 civil lawsuits against him. Two of his lawsuits against him remain unresolved, including his one filed on Oct. 13. Two of his other women filed criminal charges against Watson but did not sue him.
Watson was not criminally charged. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and said people were not interested in hearing him talk.
As part of a suspension between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, Watson had to pay a $5 million fine and enter a treatment program.
On Thursday, for the first time since August, Watson refused to answer “non-football questions.”
After Sunday’s game, Watson was asked if he had any remorse for behavior the league described as “predatory” and “horrible”, which led to his suspension. refused to answer.
“That’s what we’ve answered before, legally and clinically, and they don’t want me to say that.” The stoppage was tough, but at the same time my main focus as a footballer today is to be 1-0.”
“I was so excited to be back on the field today.
Watson took a break during Sunday’s pregame warm-up to sign autographs for fans wearing the Browns’ or Texans’ No. 4 jerseys. Watson also posed for selfies and pictures with his fans.
Houston season ticket holder Sara Flores, who got Watson’s autograph on the Texans’ red No. 4 jersey, said she believes Watson is “100%” innocent of the allegations against him.
“Someone as successful as he would never risk a career like that,” she said.
In the parking lot outside the stadium, a Texans tailgate set up a mock massage table and a mannequin wearing a Texans jersey from Watson said, “Free Unlicensed Massage!!! Now offering #4.” I had a sign with it written on it.
A fan nearby wore an orange Browns shirt that read “FREE WATSON” on the front and “ALL HE WANTED WAS A HAPPY ENDING” on the back. As fans approached his NRG stadium, he led the chants of “Here we go Brownies” with his two women wearing brown Watson his jerseys.
Inside, a Texans fan held up a sign that read, “I’d rather be 1-9-1 than have Deshawn Watson as quarterback.”
Scottish Houston fan Stewart Mathieson, who purchased a pre-game sideline pass for the game, reused his blue Texans Watson jersey with the message “JUSTICE 4 WOMEN.” The front of the jersey had the words “BROWNS SHAME” sewn under the number 4.
“Some of my friends from the Browns [in Scotland] I gave up supporting the team because of Watson,” said Matheson, who flew for the game with his nephew Christopher. yeah i boo him ”