Cleveland to host American Massage Therapy Association conference near stadium

How exactly did they think this would look?

Michael Whitaker

The Deshaun Watson saga isn't close to being over, as the controversial Cleveland Browns quarterback was officially suspended for the first six games of the upcoming 2022 NFL season due to his multiple allegations of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions; the NFL has since announced their official appeal of the relatively short suspension with the reported aim of at least a full year. 

But in the meantime, you can go ahead and categorize this particular story in the theme of "Things you couldn't make up if you tried". The American Massage Therapy Association will hold its annual conference at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland.....right in sight of First Energy Stadium, the home of the Browns. 

The AMTA has released the following statement regarding Watson: 

"AMTA strongly believes that any client who steps over the line to inappropriate touch should face the legal consequences. And it’s disappointing to see such a relatively light punishment from the NFL levied toward Deshaun Watson in their findings of his violation of the league's personal-conduct policy. 

If the NFL is concerned about professionalism and upholding high standards in the league, creating a safe workplace for all members of athletes’ care teams should be a priority. We hope the league is taking measures to ensure that the massage therapists on the Browns’ personnel and throughout the NFL, as well as those supporting individual athletes, are able to work in a safe and professional environment.

The alleged behavior, and the language used by the legal team and others involved in this case put professional, licensed massage therapists at risk by condoning inappropriate conduct in a massage environment."