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Sports Brief 8-19-2022

Deshaun Watson

The NFL has officially handed out an 11 game suspension without pay,  as well as a $5 million dollar fine to Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Waston. Watson was accused for sexual misconduct by over two dozen women in 2021. Watson spoke to the media following the punishment.

“I am moving on with my career and life, and I am going to continue to stand on my innocence,” Watson said. “Just because settlements happen doesn’t mean that person is guilty.” 

The Cleveland Browns also released a statement via social media on Watson’s behalf. 

“I’m grateful the disciplinary process has ended and extremely appreciative of the tremendous support I have received throughout my short time with the Browns organization,” Watson said. “I apologize, once again, for any pain this situation has caused, and I take accountability for the decisions I made.”

Watson’s first game since the 2020 season is set to be against his former team, the Houston Texans, on Dec. 4, 2022. 

Fernando Tatis Jr. 

Fernando Tatis Jr. has violated the MLB banned substance policy, testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Tatis said he tested positive for Clostebol after taking a medication for ringworm. 

“I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure no banned substances were in what I took,” Tatis said. “I failed to do so.”

Tatis is suspended 80 games for the violation, which will go into the beginning of the 2023 season. 

Tatis’ full official statement can be read here. 

San Diego Padres general manager, A.J. Preller called the news “very disappointing” and said the team was hoping to see more maturity out of the 23 year-old star shortstop. 

“He is somebody, from the organization standpoint, we’ve invested time and money into,” Preller said. “We were hoping from last offseason to now there would be some maturity and obviously, with the news today, it is more of a pattern and it is something we have got to dig into.”

Tatis has missed the entirety of this season due to a motorcycle accident last offseason which broke his wrist. The Padres signed Tatis to a 14 year $340 million contract in 2021. 

Texas Rangers fire Woodward and Daniels

The Texas Rangers fired both head coach Chris Woodward and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels. Woodward was in the midst of his fourth season as manager for the team, posting a total record of 211-287. Assistant coach Tony Beasley will act as interim manager for the remainder of the season.

Daniels was with the Rangers for 17 years as their general manager for their only two world series appearances in 2010 and 2011. Team owner Ray Davis said he contemplated the move for months. 

  “Bottom line is, we’re not good and we have not been good for six years,” Davis said. “To be competitive moving forward, I felt like we needed to make that change.”

The Rangers have not made the playoffs or had a winning season since 2016, and have finished last in their division in four out of the last five full seasons. Chris Young will take full control over general manager duties for the team. 

Serena Williams

In an article written by herself in Vogue Magazine, Serena Williams announced her plan to retire from the game of tennis. 

“I am here to tell you I am evolving away from tennis toward other things that are important to me.” Williams said. 

Williams indicated in the article she could step away after the upcoming U.S. Open starting on August 29. 

The 40 year old Williams is a 39 time Grand Slam champion and second all time women’s Grand Slam winner. Williams has been ranked as the women’s No.1 for 319 weeks in her career, and a record 186 consecutive weeks as the top women’s player in the world. 

Lebron James contract extension 

Lebron James has officially signed a two year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $97.1 million. This extends James’ tenure with the Lakers through the 2023-2024 season with a player opinion for 2024-2025. 

The contract has made James the highest earning player in NBA history, with $532 million in guaranteed money. 

James has reportedly expressed to the team expectations of them  improving and competing for an NBA title after missing the playoffs this past season.

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