Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape and kept playing.
Based on the info that was coming out I thought Watson was looking at jail time. That doesn't appear to be the case any more so to Carreramia's point, people will move on. Watson is a moneymaker for the NFL so they will work to make this go away. If this was Cam Newton, Joe Flacco or someone on the 18th green they would be forced to walk away.
Apples to Oranges man. I get the comparison, but there are some stark differences that matter.
Big Ben was accused by one lady of rape in a bathroom at a club. He said that it was consensual. You can argue either way as it’s his word against hers.
Watson on the other hand, has been accused by 22 women, 10 of which have gone to the police, thus far, and two of which aren’t involved in the civil litigation. It’s hard to say that it’s his word against hers, and hers and hers and hers and hers ……………
Big Ben maintained some sense of the “benefit of the doubt,” while Watson is looking like a serial predator.
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Not in the eyes of the NFL. I get what you're saying and I agree, but my point is that the NFL will make this go away to the extent that it won't interfere with Watson making huge money for the league...unless some undeniable piece of evidence puts him behind bars. Even then, who knows how quickly they'll attempt to move on from the story.
Maybe this is a better comparison. Mike Tyson served prison time for rape, yet boxing and big corporate knew he was an enormous money maker for them. Hollywood even cashed in on his stupidity. How many big Pay Per View fights did they all cash in on? I had actually forgotten about the Tyson rape until this conversation. Amazing that an action like that, which should define his public image, is an afterthought for so many of us because of how the media guides our brains.
Legal advisors are keeping Watson quiet right now. Something will come out to change the narrative or at least cast a level of doubt on the accusers. I just think there is too much money for the league to lose (which is a very sad statement if he is a legit assaulter).