January 27, 2023

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Deadspin Fool of the 12 months: Cleveland Browns followers

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It seems like we’ve spent all yr, or not less than a good portion of it, speaking about how horrible Cleveland Browns followers have been. Pre their crew’s signing of quarterback Deshaun Watson, we had been all in a position to snicker at their followers as loveable, delusional losers who thought they had been going to get to the highest of the mountain with Baker Mayfield. They weren’t as innocent as, say, Chargers or Seahawks followers, however they weren’t going to hurl battery-laden snowballs at Santa Claus, both.

Quick ahead to 2022 and an abomination of a press convention, whereby Browns proprietor Jimmy Haslam said his perception that Watson was deserving of a “second probability,” despite the fact that he at that time (nonetheless?) had not taken any accountability in anyway for the veritable cornucopia of sexual assault allegations in opposition to him. (Here’s the half the place I legally should let you know that Watson has denied all allegations in opposition to him.) It was that day that Haslam gave his fan base free rein to embrace Watson and all the luggage that got here with him, saying just about what everybody knew — positive, Watson was accused of some actually odious conduct. BUT he was additionally a star quarterback within the Nationwide Soccer League. There’s nothing a professional athlete can’t get away with if he’s ok.

After serving an 11-game suspension levied by the league, right here’s the place Browns followers stand right this moment:

Oh, and in case you, a typical Cleveland Browns fan who doesn’t assist sexual assault in any manner, are on the brink of hit “ship” on that e-mail, yelling “nOt aLL bROwNs fANs!” at us, let’s not faux these virulent misogynist takes are a one-off:

There are many followers in these pics, loads of followers laughing, ignoring, and, most notably, not objecting to what’s happening round them. And there are tons extra examples of the place these got here from. It appears each week extra of those photos pop up. Even Pittsburgh didn’t lean into Ben Roethlisberger this difficult. NFL followers are recognized for excusing a number of dangerous conduct by their groups, however “We don’t care if our QB (allegedly) sexually assaults unsuspecting ladies” looks like slightly a lot, even for the NFL. However hey, hold working these “No Extra” commercials in the course of the Tremendous Bowl, Rog!

There’s loads of blame to go round on this one: The NFL, for being afraid to droop one in every of its stars for a complete season or extra, Jimmy Haslam, for his bare cynicism in bringing Watson to Cleveland, and the followers, for embracing the whole circus. However the followers are the true object of the ire of the Idiots of the 12 months Academy, as a result of not a single one in every of you has to do that. You might have, and ought to have pushed again in opposition to your proprietor. You might have refused to purchase Browns merchandise. You might have, SHOULD have put administration within the awkward place of getting to elucidate to followers why they needed to have an accused of sexual misconduct by greater than 30 ladies on their crew. There’s actually nothing on this for you. Look:

You offered your souls for nothing.

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