Deshaun Watson’s playing future is very much up in the air right now. The Houston Texans quarterback has been embroiled in a particularly troublesome scandal for months now, and as things stand, it doesn’t look like it’s anywhere near close to ending.
It all started when multiple women, primarily those working the healthcare wellness industry, came out and accused him of sexual wrongdoing. The cases are said to have happening during massages, resulting in 20+ allegations of various forms of maleficence.
That said, Watson has maintained this entire time that he committed no wrongdoing.
This week, Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin did a press conference during which he shared some revealing text messages allegedly sent to his client by one of the accusers.
“I’m gonna read to you text messages that she sent Deshaun Watson the very day after the massage that she says so traumatized her,” he said.
“Hey Deshaun. Just wanted to say thank you for trusting me with your massage today. I’ll be here till January 3rd if you’d like to get another one,” one of the messages purportedly read.
No date for the message was provided.
“I hope all is well. I just want to say I apologize for my actions. That was not me and if I could take back that moment..I would. I really devalued my integrity and profession. My sessions have never went like that..I feel really horrible as a person,” another message allegedly read.
Deshaun Watson’s GF with the cryptic post. https://t.co/RHO5BUUm2D
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“This is the woman who later in the lawsuit says [he] forced her to have oral sex,” Hardin concluded.
The insinuation by Watson’s attorney in sharing these messages is clear: he is the victim of a smear campaign.
So where does everyone go from here? Well, there is a reasonable chance that Watson will get suspended for all of next year. If he doesn’t get suspended, however, then there is 1 AFC team that is very serious about making a move for him.
One way or another, it doesn’t look like this matter is getting resolved any time soon.
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.