Jimmy and Dee Haslam own the Cleveland Browns of NFL and also manage Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew.
In the Columbus Crew’s first home game since the Browns traded former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, fans raised 22 signs that read “We believe Jane Doe” during Saturday’s Major League Soccer game against Nashville SC.
The demonstration took place in the 22nd minute of the game regarding the 22 civil lawsuits filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee. The signs were put up by the Columbus fan self-help group Nordecke.
The lawsuits were initially filed under the alias Jane Doe in 2021, alleging that Watson, who played four seasons with the Texans, committed sexual misconduct and sexual assault during massage therapy sessions.
After a Harris County grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, the Browns traded him in March, giving the quarterback a new contract that included $230 million in guaranteed money.
SEE ALSO: Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson will not be prosecuted in connection with sexual misconduct
Jeff Barger, Nordecke’s communications director, said in a statement to ABC13:
“Nordecke supports our members’ right to express themselves. We have been invited to sit down with owners to discuss this and other projects and we look forward to this conversation. go-crew.”
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