The accusations are disgusting and should be career-ending if true
You can do the whole “he’s innocent until proven guilty” shtick, and that’s fine, that’s your prerogative. I live in a world where if 20 different people accuse you of the same thing; at the very least you’re not someone I want to be associated with. The testimonies that involve Deshaun Watson are disturbing, to say the least, and if he wasn’t a good quarterback no one would be defending him.
He might be innocent (though unlikely) and some may just be going after him for some money. Sure. That doesn’t change the fact that Watson has admitted to these encounters. He admitted they happen, he just disagrees with the context. So let’s take the illegality out of it; who does that? Who propositions 20+ strange women for sexual favors? That is a sign of a man who has no willpower or self-control. Baker Mayfield is lambasted for not talking to the media after a bad loss. Commentators say he’s “not a leader”, but those same guys think that it’s ok to proposition strangers for sexual favorites? How is that is somehow more preferred?
“He didn’t talk to media, he’s the worst!”
“He actively cannot be around women because he might do something awful; total franchise guy.”
If you don’t want either, that’s fine, I respect that. You’re at least consistent. That’s not the case for a majority of fans, however.
You can go with the “well he’s a sex addict” approach. Bold. Sure, he might be but we already saw what an addict looks like at quarterback in the last decade in Johnny Manziel. He was unreliable. You don’t think Waston is going to be unreliable? Addicts relapse all the time, there is no certainty that Watson, even if he is a sex addict (and not a predator), will stay clean and clear in Cleveland.
There are too many issues, legally and morally that make Watson a bad idea for not just Cleveland but the other 31 other teams in the league. If you want to go get Russell Wilson or Carson Wentz, fine, at least they’re good dudes, but Watson?
Whether it’s sex crimes or sex addiction, the man has proven he can’t make good decisions off the field so why would you trust him with the keys to the team on the field? Do we really want to be the next Pittsburgh? No, no thank you. We should actively want our franchise to be respected for who plays for it.