ESPN’s Molly Qerim weighed in on Deshaun Watson’s sexual assault allegations. After 16 lawsuits against the Texans QB, Qerim urged the NFL to do more than just take the matter “under review”.
After 24 total claims, Querim suggested that the NFL put Deshaun on the Commissioners Exempt List. The Exempt List is a special status that can be placed on players by NFL teams during unusual circumstances. The List includes all the players who have been declared by the Commissioner to be temporarily exempt from counting within the Active List limit.
A 14th woman has filed a civil suit against Deshaun Watson, alleging sexual assault and other inappropriate conduct.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) March 23, 2021
Deshaun Watson is either a legit sexual predator or this is one of the most ruthless character assassinations in sports history and either way holy hell.
— 🎙Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) March 23, 2021
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said last Wednesday that the matter falls under the league’s personal conduct policy and is under review. Being one of the few female sports media personalities, Qerim took it upon herself to push the NFL to be more proactive.
Molly Qerim spoke up on the NFL’s investigation
“Given the seriousness and quantity of these allegations, we are talking fourteen lawsuits and twenty-four total claims, and we are only ten days in,” Qerim said. “I personally, as a woman, would like to hear more from the NFL. ‘The matter is under review’ is just simply not enough.”
“So, we have an opportunity here to be proactive rather than reactionary. That has been the knock on the NFL. You can get in front of it you can acknowledge it. You can condemn the behaviour and address it.”
“If I am the NFL, I am putting Deshaun Watson on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. I look at it this way. He is getting protected and getting paid. He needs to lay low, and they need to deal with this,” Molly Qerim added. “And when, and if, his name is cleared, then he can return.”
“But when I am saying twenty-four total claims against him. You can’t have this man on the football field right now. Address it. He can continue to get paid, and he can return when he clears his name.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) March 23, 2021
Molly Qerim spoke up on the opportunity for the NFL to show that they have the desire to protect women. With nearly half of the NFL’s viewership coming from women, women support the NFL and it’s about time the NFL reciprocates the same.