Laura Heinz was driving close to her dwelling 15 miles south of Cleveland when she first heard the information about her beloved Browns buying and selling for Deshaun Watson.
She was appalled.
Introduced to the Browns by her father, Heinz has been a season ticket holder since 1999, when the present staff was born after the unique Browns decamped for Baltimore to change into the Ravens three years earlier.
When Cleveland traded for Watson on March 18, he confronted civil lawsuits from 24 feminine therapeutic massage therapists who described numerous ranges of sexual misconduct that commissioner Roger Goodell simply this week described as “predatory.” (All however a type of instances has now been settled.) The Browns then gave Watson an unprecedented deal: a totally assured five-year, $230 million contract with wage backloaded to mitigate the results of any league suspension.
“I was very, very upset,” Heinz stated.
She stated she instantly known as her Browns ticket rep to complain. Ultimately, a supervisor provided to refund her tickets a number of days later.
“I’ve been a Browns fan for 50 years; one player is not going to stop me from being around them,” she stated. “Ultimately, what it comes down to is, if someone’s a die-hard Browns fan, they’re still going to want them to do well. But it doesn’t mean we can’t be upset about what they’ve done, and how everything came about.”
The NFL has seen its share of ugly incidents earlier than, significantly in terms of gamers mistreating girls, from Ray Rice’s 2014 knockout of his then-fiancée, which threatened Goodell’s maintain on his job, to Kareem Hunt (now Watson’s teammate), who kicked a lady in a resort in 2018. Both incidents had been caught on video, however via all of it, the followers got here again.
So what’s the reception been like for Watson in Cleveland?