The Carolina Panthers defeated the Houston Texans 24-9 on Thursday Night Football.
Unfortunately, the game did not come and go without controversy.
Notably absent on Houston’s side, despite them desperately needing a competent quarterback, was Deshaun Watson. The 26-year-old of course has been out of action for the entirety of this young season after demanding a trade and finding himself at the center of more than 20 sexual misconduct claims.
During Thursday’s game, announcer Joe Buck went off on Watson in a way that immediately garnered attention on social media.
The fan reactions spoke for themselves:
Joe Buck when he see’s Deshaun Watson in person after the game pic.twitter.com/9Mj0WUVviQ
— Bobby, No Flay (@JBeans_15) September 24, 2021
Joe Buck reading off Deshaun Watson’s allegations like they’re career accolades lmaooooo
— John Olsen (@jcolsen44) September 24, 2021
Joe Buck: “And here comes Davis Mills, who unlike Deshaun Watson is not accused of sexually assaulting over 20 women.”
Troy Aikman: “You’re right Joe I really respect this kid’s ability to not sexually assault women.”
— Joe (@BarryOnHere) September 24, 2021
Deshaun Watson’s right now when he hears Joe Buck pic.twitter.com/gvc5w0j53b
— Farzin Vousoughian (@Farzin21) September 24, 2021
Shoutout to Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for speaking on Deshaun Watson and not just pretending it’s not weird as hell for a top 5 QB in the world to be sitting. Not acknowledging it does way more harm than good.
— McGarvin L (@PatriotsPOV) September 24, 2021
Here are the facts: Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and sexual assault in 22 civil lawsuits. He has offered some interesting excuses in his defense, along with a bunch of text messages that he claims exonerate him. Fans can draw their own conclusions based on the evidence at hand.
Either way, though – clearly this is a very odd situation all the way around. And the fact that Buck was brave enough to address it deserves respect.
Olympic legend McKayla Maroney. https://t.co/fbY2mhpBvQ
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 24, 2021