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'I apologize once again': Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson, team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam issue statements after 11-game suspension

'I’m excited about what the future holds for me in Cleveland.'
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson takes part in drills during the NFL football team's training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.

CLEVELAND — Following the announcement of a settlement between Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson and the NFL and NFLPA, two statements have been released from the Browns organization.  

Their statements came following the announcement of an 11-game suspension and a $5 million fine for Watson. Watson will take the field for the first time in a Browns uniform against his former team, the Houston Texans.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson 

“I’m grateful that the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization. I apologize once again for any pain this situation has caused. I take accountability for the decisions I made. My focus going forward is on working to become the best version of myself on and off the field and supporting my teammates however possible while I’m away from the team. I’m excited about what the future holds for me in Cleveland.” 

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Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam 

“As we have previously conveyed, Deshaun and his representatives have abided by the NFL and NFLPA structure awaiting a final decision and we have respected the process. Now that a decision on discipline has been reached, we understand this is a real opportunity to create meaningful change and we are committed to investing in programs in Northeast Ohio that will educate our youth regarding awareness, understanding, and most importantly, prevention of sexual misconduct and the many underlying causes of such behavior. Since Deshaun entered our building, he has been an outstanding member of our organization and shown a true dedication to working on himself both on and off the field. We will continue to support him as he focuses on earning the trust of our community.”

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