Browns followers put collectively lewd tailgate earlier than sport vs. Jets


Someone spent time and money to make this.

Somebody spent money and time to make this.
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It’s not like girls who watch the NFL didn’t know this was coming. In spite of everything, we’ve been down the highway too many instances, seen too many followers defiantly carrying Ray Rice or Ben Roethlisberger jerseys. We’ve, towards our higher judgment, delved into the feedback surrounding gamers accused of harming a girl on social media too many instances, solely to see that it’s not only a few unhealthy apples who defend athletes who hurt girls and need ailing on the remainder of us, calling us “cunts” and “hoes” and “bitches.” We’ve by no means been let down by underestimating the sinister nature of the NFL fan who likes a participant MORE as a result of he’s accused of brutalizing girls. And fortunately crows about it each likelihood he will get.

Even figuring out all that, I’m undecided anybody was ready for the sheer viciousness of the “help” Deshaun Watson has been getting from Browns followers. Watson was suspended for 11 video games by the NFL again in August, for what can solely be described as harrowing therapeutic massage periods with unsuspecting girls (which he continues to disclaim). Up to now, Watson has settled claims of assorted types of sexual assault and misconduct with 30 of them. That’s proper, THIRTY. THIRTY girls.

You’d suppose that, for rational and logical folks, it will stand to cause that, at any time when 30 folks independently share comparable experiences with the identical particular person, there’s in all probability at the least some fact to it. However for a lot of male sports activities followers, it’s simply proof of the depths girls will go to with a purpose to connive and scheme their means into getting cash out of an harmless man.

Bitches, amirite?

In fact, it’s exhausting to solely blame a fan base when the pinnacle of the group (on this case Browns proprietor Jim Haslam) instantly gave them tacit permission to behave as they’re, mentioning that their intercourse pest QB is the true sufferer right here:

“And I battle a bit bit — is he (Watson) by no means presupposed to play once more? Is he by no means presupposed to be a part of society? Does he get no likelihood to rehabilitate himself? That’s what we’re going to do. And you may say, ‘effectively that’s as a result of he’s a star quarterback.’ Nicely in fact! But when he was Joe Smith he wouldn’t be on the headlines every single day.”

Well, Jim, what I can tell you is that Watson is not supposed to play football for a good long while — let’s say a game for every victim? And you can’t start talking about rehabilitation and redemption when the man remains to be publicly claiming his innocence and denying he did something fallacious.

In fact, give a bunch of testosterone-laden jerks an inch they usually’ll take a mile. Haslam’s refusal to criticize Watson in even the slightest phrases gave some Browns followers all of the gasoline they wanted. And now we’re right here:

And right here:

And right here:

And the picture that actually took the cake this weekend was this one:

First off, completely satisfied endings tailgaters, let me disabuse you of your authorized misapprehension: Blissful endings, in the way in which this tableau is implying, are INDEED unlawful with out the consent of each events. Take a number of moments and skim what among the girls who accused Watson need to say about how these massages allegedly went down.

Second, why are there so many ladies fortunately concerned on this? What, precisely, is the large joke about sexual assault allegations? On condition that, in our lifetimes, 81 % of ladies will expertise some form of sexual assault or harassment, I’d like to know. Actually. Let me in on the joke.

On condition that so many (all?) of those pics look like taken at Browns video games, Deadspin reached out to the Browns to ask what, if something, the group is doing to discourage followers from, you already know, overtly mocking sexual assault survivors. Are followers with “vulgar” shirts and indicators getting tossed? Are indicators being taken away from folks? Has anybody been banned from First Power?

Particularly, the FirstEnergy Stadium Fan Code of Conduct, which the Browns hyperlink to on their web site, particularly prohibits the “use of inflammatory language,” in addition to “offensive or vulgar clothes.” It additionally dictates that indicators and banners “should be in good style” and that “administration reserves the best to find out what indicators are in violation of stadium coverage and confiscate indicators which are in violation stadium coverage.” And whereas the “completely satisfied endings” show reportedly happened within the notorious Muni tailgate lot exterior FirstEnergy, even a press release from the Browns, letting followers know this type of habits is NOT okay, would go a good distance in the direction of shutting down the rampant misogyny that’s taken over Twitter and, apparently, Cleveland.

On the time of publication, the Browns had not responded to our emails.

Then once more, girls are used to being disenchanted by the NFL, which likes to trumpet how many people watch however steadfastly refuses to undertake any motion which may validate our humanity. In spite of everything, as Jim Haslam so starkly reminded us, Deshaun Watson is a star quarterback, and ladies usually are not.

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