Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson found himself in a lot of trouble this week when he was accused of assaulting a woman.
Watson initially decided to get a jump on the accusations by putting out the first statement on the matter.
“As a result of a social media post by a publicity-seeking plaintiff’s lawyer, I recently became aware of a lawsuit that has apparently been filed against me,” Watson wrote in a statement on Twitter.
“I have not yet seen the complaint, but I know this: I Have never treated any woman with anything than the utmost respect. The plaintiff’s lawyer claims that this isn’t about money, but before filing suit he made a baseless six-figure settlement demand, which I quickly rejected.”
One day later, the disturbing details surrounding the incident emerged.
According to TMZ Sports, the woman who made the claim is a licensed massage therapist. She alleges that Watson initially reached out to her back in March 2020 seeking professional services.
“From the moment he arrived at her home, the woman claims Watson made it clear he was looking for a sexual encounter … and when the time came for his massage, he stripped naked on the massage table with only a small towel covering his groin,” TMZ continued.
“The woman claims Watson had brought the small towel himself. During the massage, the woman claims Watson kept directing her toward her genitals — and said he wanted the focus of the massage to be on his ‘groin area.’
“At one point, the woman claims a fully-erect Watson exposed his penis and “purposely touched [Jane Doe’s] hand with the tip.” The woman claims she was ‘shocked and mortified’ and promptly ended the massage and began to cry.”
At that point, she claims that Watson threatened her.
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“I know you have a career and a reputation, and I know you would hate for someone to mess with yours, just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine,” he allegedly said to her.
Over the past few weeks Watson has been in the news for wanting to be traded off the Texans. After explicitly revealing the one team he didn’t want to go to, a list of three teams he’d approve a trade to emerged.
Up to this point, no deal has gotten done.
It remains to be seen how these troubling accusations will impact what at one point appeared to be an inevitable trade.