Editor‘s note: This story contains reports of sexual assault. If you or someone you know has survived a sexual assault, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or https://www.rainn.org.
Fans who attended Saturday’s MLS game between Nashville FC and Crev in Columbus, Ohio, held signs of support for the alleged victims of Deshaun Watson’s sexual assault.
During the 22nd minute, fans in the Nordeke fans’ section on Lover.com Field held 22 signs that read “We believe in Jane Doe”, a reference to 22 active civil lawsuits against Watson alleging sexual harassment and assault.
The Browns, who along with the team are owned by the Haslam family, bought Watson at a store with the Texans on March 18. They then signed a five-year, $ 230 million contract with the quarterback.
Two grand juries in Texas have refused to file criminal charges against Watson. He is still facing 22 civil lawsuits due to numerous explicit incidents of sexual abuse. Reports include Watson, who allegedly refused to cover his genitals and forced women to put his penis in his mouth. Watson and his lawyer denied working.
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The Haslam sports group issued a statement stating that it plans to discuss the purchase of Watson with a group of Crev fans, known as Nordecke.
“We respect the ability of our fans to express themselves as long as they adhere to club policies and procedures,” said Jacob Myers in a statement from Columbus’ dispatch. Last week we scheduled a meeting with the Nordecka board and our group of investors and operators to discuss this topic, as well as others, as we continue our intentions to create a constructive, positive and transparent relationship to best support our players and fans. Hose. ”
The civil evidence is ongoing, and it started on the same day when the grand jury met. Watson reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment during his first two statements, but answered questions under oath a few days after the end of the criminal proceedings.
As the civil proceedings continue, here is what happened on and off the field since Watson’s last video.
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