On Monday it was reported that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will serve a six-game suspension without pay this upcoming season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct.
Shortly following the announcement the NFL world was set ablaze as reactions poured in on social media.
Throughout the day several members of the online community compared Watson’s six-game suspension to that of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley who was suspended for an entire season without pay for betting on NFL games.
Calvin Ridley: 17 games, betting
Vontaze Burfict: 12 games, targeting
DeAndre Hopkins: 6 games, PED
Martavis Bryant: Indefinitely, Weed
Josh Gordon: 25+ games, Weed
Darren Waller: 16 games, substance abuse
DeShaun Watson: 6 games, 25 SV accusations
— Tristen Kuhn (@KuhnTristen) August 1, 2022
Calvin Ridley was suspended an entire season for gambling $1500 on NFL parlays. Deshaun Watson got six games for 30 women accusing him of sexual assault.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 1, 2022
Calvin Ridley made a bet that his team will win a game in the NFL
He got suspended indefinitely, through at least the entire 2022 season and possibly more.
He also lost $11.1 million in salary.
Deshaun Watson meanwhile received 6 game suspension, he'll only lose less than $1M. https://t.co/hAt2Ft6TmJ
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 1, 2022
Calvin Ridley suspended 1 YEAR for non-criminal betting on games
Mychal Kendricks suspended 8 games for insider trading
Myles Garrett suspended 6 games for ONE on-field fight
MLB's Trevor Bauer suspended 2 YEARS costing him $60M for non-criminal sexual assault allegations
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 1, 2022
the NFL: …..
Calvin Ridley: “ok well I’m just gonna place one bet real qu-“
the NFL: pic.twitter.com/FPl3dsoRrQ
— Annie Agar (@AnnieAgar) August 1, 2022
Calvin Ridley seeing the Deshaun Watson suspension pic.twitter.com/CWQvo99X9T
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) August 1, 2022
I've covered this league long enough to not be surprised about the disparity between Calvin Ridley's suspension and Deshaun Watson's. But personally, I sure wish the NFL gave more of a shit about sexual violence against women than betting on a few games with no inside info.
— Jeanna Kelley (@jeannathomas) August 1, 2022
How Calvin Ridley is walking into the NFL’s Corporate Office: pic.twitter.com/zxlrOdNadq
— Moody (@EricNMoody) August 1, 2022
Deshaun Watson: 6 games, 30 sexual assault allegations.
Adrian Peterson: 6 games, Felony child abuse
Ray Rice: 2 games, DV
Ezekiel Elliot: 6 games, DV
DeAndre Hoplkins: 6 games, PEDs
Calvin Ridley: 17 games, Betting on a game he didn't play in.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 1, 2022
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