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From Deshaun Watson to Trevor Bauer, accused abusers return to sports – Rolling Stone

From Deshaun Watson to Trevor Bauer, accused abusers return to sports – Rolling Stone

With the holidays arrival of the season and the New Year almost upon us, it is a moment of reflection. Some reunite with their loved ones, exchanging gifts and kindness. Others travel to broaden their perspective or celebrate/mourn in solitude. The world of professionals sports has chosen to ring in the holidays by reinstating a trio of alleged abusers in the three major sports leagues: the NFL, MLBi N.B.A.

He came first Deshaun Watson, the star quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Watson, 27, has been accused of sexual misconduct by 24 women stemming from a series of alleged predatory encounters during sports therapy massage sessions. Despite the disturbing allegations, the Browns opted for a 5-year, $230 million contract. And, after serving a miserable 11-game suspension from the NFL, with his compliance officer determining that he “used his status as an NFL player as a pretext to engage in a premeditated pattern of behavior predatory toward multiple women” and reached settlements with 23. of his 24 accusers, Watson was cleared to return to the field on Dec. 4, starting against the Houston Texans. The Browns even invited several of the women who settled with Watson to the game. (He played miserably.)

Lauren Baxley, the only woman who refused to settle for Watson, wrote about how disappointed she is in the NFL and its fans in a rolling rock op-ed.

“How can my life make sense when masses of people continue to support the return of a talented monster?” she wrote “To say I’ve lost faith in humanity would be an understatement.”

Then it was Trevor Bauer’s turn. On December 22, ESPN reported that an independent arbitrator had reduced an MLB suspension for violating it domestic violence policy from 324 games to 194 and that the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher would be reinstated. Despite serving only 144 games of his suspension, Bauer received credit for the time he spent on MLB’s restricted list.

“While we believe a longer suspension was warranted, MLB will respect the neutral umpire’s decision, which upholds baseball’s longest active player suspension for sexual assault or domestic violence,” MLB said in a statement. more details at this time.”

Bauer, a 31-year-old former Cy Young winner who had been charged by many cheaters, was first charged with sexual assault in June 2021, when a woman was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order after she accused him of physically and sexually assaulting her twice in April of that year. (Bauer has denied the allegations and is suing the woman for defamation.) During MLB’s investigation, it was revealed that two other women had sought protection against Bauer for domestic abuse (which Bauer also denied). The LA district attorney declined to file charges against Bauer earlier this year, and the Dodgers have until Jan. 6 to decide whether to hold or release him.

If all that wasn’t enough, on December 23, two days before Christmas, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets “were gaining momentum in talks about a new deal” with forward Miles Bridges, and that “there is optimism that a deal could be reached in the relatively near future.”

Bridges, 24, was arrested in June for domestic violence. Days later, his wife Mychelle Johnson took to Instagram to detail how the 6’7″ basketball star allegedly assaulted her in front of their two young children and that this latest incident was part of a pattern of abuse reported by The Daily Beast. He posted photos of his bloodied and bruised body.

Mychelle Johnson, wife of NBA player Miles Bridges

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“I hate that it has come to this, but I can no longer remain silent. I have allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible, and traumatize our children for life,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not allow anyone who can do such a horrible thing to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I am not. I will not allow the people around me to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s really SICK. It hurts my heart because I’ve always had hope, and as much love and as scary as this is to me, it’s time to stand up- me”.

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She continued: “I will no longer be silent to protect others because I value myself and my children more than anyone’s ‘image’… a broken nose, wrist, broken eardrum, torn neck muscles since choked to sleep and a severe concussion I don’t need sympathy I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else I just want this person to get help my kids deserve better that’s all I want .It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, most importantly I am scared and hurt for my children who witnessed everything. Please respect my family’s privacy and stop the rumors and the disgusting accusations.”

Bridges pleaded no contest to felony domestic violence in November, but was sentenced to only three years of probation and no jail time thanks to a deal with prosecutors. He still faces a possible suspension from the NBA.





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