Browns’ Deshaun Watson ‘truly sorry to all the women I affected’

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For the first time, Deshaun Watson apologized to the women who have accused him of sexual abuse.

Watson spoke to Cleveland 5 News during their pregame show before the Browns’ first preseason game in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, which he started under center.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson takes part in drills during training camp Aug. 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson takes part in drills during training camp Aug. 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.
(AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

“I want to say that I am truly sorry to all the women that I have affected in this situation,” he said via ESPN.

“The decisions I made in my life that put me in this position, I definitely want to take back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I’m a real person of character, and I’m going to keep pushing forward.”

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Watson has previously said he has “no regrets” for his actions, but it appears he has had some time to reflect.

The NFL suspended Watson six games for his alleged actions during massage sessions as detailed in lawsuits filed by 25 women. One woman ditched her suit and Watson settled in with 23 others.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during training camp at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus in Berea, Ohio, July 28, 2022.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) during training camp at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus in Berea, Ohio, July 28, 2022.
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The quarterback was suspended by a retired federal judge, and the NFL is appealing the suspension for at least a full season.

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“I know I have a lot of work to put in, especially on the field to be able to make sure I’m ready to play when the time comes when I can step back on the field,” Watson said.

“But the biggest thing is also that I want to continue with counseling and I want to make sure that I grow as a person, as an individual for my decision-making on and off the field. I want to make sure that I just develop in community as much as possible, and that’s for the Cleveland community, that’s the NFL community and beyond.”

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson prepares to throw a pass during training camp Aug. 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson prepares to throw a pass during training camp Aug. 1, 2022, in Berea, Ohio.
(AP Photo/Nick Cammett)

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Watson completed just one of his five passes for seven yards Friday in what was his first NFL action since the 2020 season.

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