Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson found himself in the headlines once more this week for various legal reasons.
Not long ago, a woman filed a lawsuit against Watson accusing him of assaulting her during a massage session.
Given Watson’s history, the allegation was immediately taken very seriously.
This week, however, evidence emerged that seemingly went against what the woman was claiming.
As part of the proceedings, Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin filed a series of paperwork that included screenshots of text messages the woman allegedly sent to Watson.
They largely speak for themselves:
#Browns QB Deshaun Watson filed a motion for sanctions after the latest lawsuit against him—claiming this woman’s allegations against him weren’t given a “reasonable inquiry” by the law firm before filing suit, providing messages they suggest may show “a case of unrequited love.” pic.twitter.com/31PUUUB0TG
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) October 26, 2022
Reactions to the text messages, the implications involved and what all this means poured in immediately.
They were fairly polarized:
Ok we got proof for this one fair enough https://t.co/vNYWV1tw6D
— sam hubbard enthusiast (vince) (@qsmartreviewer) October 26, 2022
— the Bandalorian (@boss__almighty) October 26, 2022
this is why innocent till proven guilty is a phrase https://t.co/7IpSHG0qUc
— This isnt Nate (@NateIsHere_) October 26, 2022
I need her @ for research purposes https://t.co/H2AGVrpJOy
— Creole Scarface (@YD5Racks) October 26, 2022
And there it is! How many others in the same regard? Innocent until proven guilty, a young black man with a lot of money is an easy target for this culture’s bias, greed, racism, and desire to destroy others and find joy in their suffering. https://t.co/F9li3uD89M
— BrownsFanFeesta (@BrownsFanFeesta) October 26, 2022
This isn’t the first time a series of messages involving Watson have leaked out. Those were far less kind to his account of events.
At the same time, this also isn’t the first occasion on which an allegation against Watson has come under intense scrutiny. Not long ago, a son literally came out and undermined his mother’s account of what Watson allegedly did.
Either way, no matter how anyone chooses to interpret these most recent events, clearly this situation isn’t going away any time soon. Watson will continue to get dragged into these claims. His girlfriend will continue to react to them like only she can.
Pour one out for this NBA player. Now she’s got him for 18 years. https://t.co/4qv4fwBScA
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 26, 2022
And the public will continue to endlessly scrutinize all parties involved.
When will this entire sordid mess finally get resolved?
Time will tell.