At 10:08 a.m. Houston time, Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson walked onto the NRG Stadium field to warm up for his first regular-season game in exactly 700 days.

Within minutes, the gates opened and a smattering of Watson's No. 4 jerseys, in Cleveland and Houston colors, dotted the stands around him. One of those blue No. 4 Texans jerseys, however, had been repurposed.

Stewart Mathieson, a Houston fan from Scotland who tries to attend a game every couple of years, bought his jersey when Watson was still throwing touchdowns for the Texans. He admitted he was upset when Watson demanded a trade from Houston. But when the allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct during massage sessions against Watson started surfacing, Mathieson says he became outraged.

"I didn't know if he was guilty," Mathieson said. "But then 24... women come forward, there's something there."

Along with his nephew, Mathieson bought pregame sideline passes for Sunday's game. He turned his Watson jersey into a statement, with the message "JUSTICE 4 WOMEN" on the back and "BROWNS SHAME" stitched below the No. 4 on the front.

"In America, money can buy you justice. ... You can buy the best attorneys," Mathieson said, shortly after walking past Watson's entourage -- which included Watson's agent, David Mulugheta, and marketing manager, Bryan Burney -- hanging near the Browns tunnel. "Some of my Browns friends [in Scotland] have given up supporting the team because of Watson. ... Am I going to boo him? Yeah, I'm going to boo him."

After serving an 11-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy by committing sexual assault, as defined by the league, Watson returned to the field against his former team.

Watson was suspended after being accused by more than two dozen women of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct during massage sessions; some of those women attended the game.

Behind a pair of defensive touchdowns and a punt return score, the Browns defeated the NFL's worst team, 27-14. But the spectacle of Watson's return overshadowed all, including the final score.