It’s fair to say the Cleveland Browns’ Jimmy Haslam is a worse owner than Dan Synder.
Think about how bad Dan Snyder is. The dude can’t even keep his stadium together in one piece, and opposing fans are getting hurt falling all over each other. The man has a laundry list of lawsuits and accusations against him, and his team is just pathetically bad. Let’s not even talk about how Washington threw away Robert Griffin’s career and thought they could do better than Kirk Cousins. And in spite of all that, Jimmy Haslam is worse.
It takes a truly inept owner to tank his team’s goodwill just 18 months after going to the playoffs and beating the Stealers. That’s exactly what Halsam did in 2022. his decision to trade for Deshaun Watson was horrid when it happened. Now though? With all the new information coming out about Watson, from the NDA’s to the payments to people who provided him “protection”, the apologizes for making women cry during massage appointments and all the rest that we know and don’t know it’s hard to say that it isn’t the worst trade in the history of football.
Ok, so bad people exist in sports. We get that. Watson is acting like he’s the victim when it’s beyond obvious he’s got issues, issues he doesn’t think he has, but he’s on Revis Island if he actually thinks that. To which I mean, he’s alone.
Deshaun Watson will forever be Jimmy Haslam’s legacy
So Watson is going full victim complex right now. That’s expected, the man clearly has issues, who’s to say he doesn’t have something like narcissism? Would explain his behavior. So Watson’s behavior toward these women is bad.
It’s really bad, yet Haslam made the trade. Ok, just bringing him in is bad enough. Then he traded three first-round picks and an additional three picks to get him. That’s a big haul for a player who needs constant supervision. Sure glad the Browns got their “adult” at quarterback.
That’d be bad enough, then they gave him $230+ million in guaranteed money.
A man with 24, and counting, lawsuits centering around his sexual misconduct allegations (and worse), who had at least 66 massage therapists in the span of 18 months and fails to see that he may have a problem. Or that he is the problem.
Haslam is that guy who sunk his team to get his guy and while he may have that shiny new toy he’s always coveted, all it’s doing is ruining his team’s perception and the reputation of every player, coach, and support staffer who’s still on the team.
The Browns will never be able to recover from this as long as Haslam and this regime are intact. They are, fair or not, forever tainted by this scandal.