Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s short-term NFL fate is very much in doubt at the moment.
Currently Watson’s representatives are in talks with the league regarding whether he will be able to play in the foreseeable future. As things presently stand, it’s unclear what they will decide.
Watson has been mired in legal and personal controversy for more than a year after being accused by 26 women of sexual misbehavior during massages or similar procedures.
The proceedings have done considerable damage to Watson’s brand, which once upon a time was very strong.
Recently, fans unearthed old video of Watson and adult movie star Mia Khalifa. For obvious reasons, it went mega-viral:
Deshaun Watson had Mia Khalifa over at his crib hooping in a maid outfit. He diabolically horny
— Jimmy (@jimmy_koski) May 25, 2022
Reactions to the clip largely speak for themselves:
This is when I knew he was lying. This is high-level nasty. No way this ended well https://t.co/Yg6jKW3aTg
— Anthony Sain (@SainAsylum) June 14, 2022
lmao this dude is something else https://t.co/gNKlavN1mI
— rotisserie rotator (@man_ditch) June 10, 2022
I forgot all about this. https://t.co/pvvzDIOGfZ
— How Hard Is It To Answer? (@AnswerThePole) June 8, 2022
Whatever they say he did, he did it and he guilty on all charges https://t.co/bbjYsKWXyX
— FREAKO Never Broke Again (@Lattoshusbnd) June 5, 2022
When you factor in Watson’s leaked troubling personal DMs and deeply uncomfortable text messages that in specific order explain his odd reported sexual proclivities, this has been a rough stretch for this entire ugly ordeal.
In recent weeks, chatter has even intensified regarding the Browns getting their trade for Watson reversed. The talk got so loud that the Houston Texans had to come out and address it.
It is unclear where all parties go from here. According to NFL insider Josina Anderson, the NFL and Watson’s team have hit a roadblock on punishment settlement talks.
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 24, 2022
“I’m told there’ve been recent attempts by the NFL, the NFLPA [and] Deshaun Watson’s advisors to negotiate a discipline settlement,” she wrote.
“However talks involving a potential number of games missed ‘fell apart’ not being on the same page. As of now, process moves forward, per league sources.”
How will this entire drama surrounding Watson ultimately end?
Time will tell.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.