Steelers Fans React to Deshaun Watson’s ‘Crap’ Suspension

Getty Deshaun Watson is sacked by the Steelers' T.J. Watt.

As the calendar turns to August, news NFL fans have been awaiting for the better part of a year just came down the pike: Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

If the ruling stands (the NFL has three days to appeal), Watson will miss just one divisional matchup — the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 3. He will return in Week 7 to face the Baltimore Ravens.

The ruling of Sue L. Robinson, the judge appointed jointly by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, has very little to do with the nature of the accusations themselves because there was not enough evidence to justify an indefinite suspension, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Robinson’s ruling was about how badly Watson tarnished the NFL and its shield, hence “violating the personal conduct policy.”

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About violations, the NFL states: “Conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL.”

NFL fans, particularly in the AFC North, have been closely watching the news awaiting a decision on Watson’s ban. Watson’s case drew increased interest from Steelers fans when the quarterback was traded from the Houston Texans to the Browns in March.

Steelers fans were quick to respond to the news of the brief ban.

Steelers Fans Predictably Unhappy

We remember a time all too well when a certain Steelers quarterback by the name of Ben Roethlisberger found himself in hot water after he was accused of sexual assault in 2008 and 2010.

Charges were never brought against Roethlisberger, and both cases were dismissed. Still, Roethlisberger was suspended for the first six games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. A week before the Steelers’ Sept. 12 opener, Commissioner Roger Goodell reduced the ban to four games.

While the NFL brought only five cases to Robinson, Watson was accused by 24 women of sexual assault. So, of course, Steelers fans are going to be livid.

One fan tweeted, “You can call me biased because I’m female and a #Steelers fan, but only six games for Deshaun Watson is total crap.”

“It’s the rest of AFC north’s duty to make Watson’s life a living hell for the next decade,” tweeted one fan.

Another Steelers fan doesn’t believe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will appeal the ruling. “Whatever y’all, doubt coward Roger Goodell does anything. James Harrison would have been exiled. FEED ME DESHAUN WATSON,” he tweeted.

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Another fan tweeted, “I get it, you have to base the punishment on evidence and the fact no court has found him guilty. Still how can a normal person not look at this case and say things don’t add up and he’s not guilty? No one visits that many therapist just for massages. It’s why I hate the system.”

Pittsburgh shock jock Mark Madden made a good point with his tweet. “One key factor that gets ignored: The Steelers wanted Ben suspended, feeling he was out of control. They gave the NFL no pushback. The Browns just want Watson to play, &Watson was going to sue.”

93.7 The Fan’s Josh Rowntree added, “Deshaun Watson had 22 more accusations against him than Ben Roethlisberger had, and got the same initial suspension.”

Another fan had a similar response: “6 games only? SMH.”

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