Tony Buzbee slams Roger Goodell over Deshaun Watson suspension

The lawyer for the roughly two dozen women who accused Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct slammed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the league agreed to an 11-game suspension and $5 million fine for the Browns quarterback on Thursday.

Tony Buzbee said Goodell — who sought a longer suspension for Watson after a judge handed down a six-game ban — sent a message to victims that they should not speak up.

Tony Buzbee (c.) criticized Roger Goodell for the NFL's 11-game suspension of Deshaun Watson.
Tony Buzbee (c.) criticized Roger Goodell for the NFL’s 11-game suspension of Deshaun Watson.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell
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“By settling this matter the way he has, Roger Goodell has proven one of two things: either his recent rhetoric was utter baloney, or his bark is much worse than his bite,” Buzbee said in a statement to multiple outlets. “My belief is that he is nothing more than a paper tiger. The message today to all victims is clear, if you believe you have been sexually assaulted by a powerful person, keep your mouth shut and go away. The NFL has certainly demonstrated that its ownership and the organization doesn’t care.

“To all sexual assault survivors, do not allow this recent ‘punishment’ to deter you. Keep speaking up and keep speaking out. Your voice matters. You are making a difference. We stand with you.”

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson practices Thursday after he was handed an 11-game suspension.
Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson practices Thursday after he was handed an 11-game suspension.
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