NFL Twitter is frustrated with the way Michaels is covering up the reasons for Deshaun Watson’s suspension and commuting his penalties.
The NFL suspended Deshaun Watson for 11 games because the league determined that allegations that he sexually assaulted more than 20 massage therapists were credible.
There, we just said what Amazon Prime’s Saturday Night Football broadcast, apparently, he wasn’t willing to say.
Al Michaels was on the call Thursday night as Brown battled the Steelers. When it came time to discuss the condition of the suspended Cleveland quarterback, his fans were disappointed and they told him about it on Twitter.
NFL Twitter puts in Al Michaels for Deshaun Watson’s approach
Michaels avoided talking about Watson’s actual misconduct. He then made several insensitive comments regarding the NFL’s actions to protect women in the Watson orbit.
For example, Watson must use an in-house massage therapist and must go into therapy. Michaels told the whole thing into a joke that amounted to the amount of money needed to convince a man that he didn’t deserve to commit more sexual misconduct.
He put the cherry on top with talk of Brown exhuming the remains of Otto Graham to play quarterback for them.
Broadcast partner Michaels Kirk Herbstreet has not escaped criticism.
At least Herbstreit did not put his foot in his mouth, but his silence was noted.
Watson’s status is a sensitive topic for the NFL and its broadcast partners. It’s no surprise that they don’t want to have these conversations. However, people who deal with these parts must take seriously what they discuss.
It will be hard to watch the conversation head towards football only when Watson is back on the field. Coating it with sugar now makes it even more frustrating.