Quarterback Deshaun Watson reiterated on Tuesday that he is innocent of the numerous allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct during massage sessions that have been leveled against him, reports ESPN. The Cleveland Browns member once again said he does not regret any of his actions, but admitted he regrets the impact the allegations have had on those around him.
“I understand that I have regrets about the impact that [cela a eu] on the community and the people around me,” Watson said. And that includes my family. This includes this organization. This includes my teammates in this locker room who have to answer these questions. That includes Cleveland Browns fans. This includes men, women, everyone around the world. That’s one thing I regret is the impact it had on so many people. It is difficult to manage. »
In the past 15 days, two more civil lawsuits have been filed against Watson, bringing the total number of lawsuits against him to 24 alleging inappropriate sexual conduct during massage sessions.
Attorney Tony Buzbee, who represents the women suing Watson, told WEWS-TV in Cleveland on Monday that two other women plan to sue the quarterback. Buzbee said an Atlanta attorney referred one of the women and the other woman contacted him after watching the episode.Real Sportsfrom HBO which aired a story about Watson.
“We were sent the video of the Watson press conference,” Buzbee said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. We appreciate the Cleveland market and their strong support for their new quarterback, Deshaun Watson. But: given the volume of credible cases filed, the sworn testimony of the senior detective, the undisputed facts and the grief, pain and devastation Watson has caused, we think it would be appropriate to see Deshaun Watson express regret or remorse in the way he treated these women, some of whom have sued and many who have yet to. »
the New York Times reported last week that Watson dated at least 66 different women over a 17-month period, from fall 2019 to spring 2021. The list of 66 includes the 24 women who filed lawsuits against Watson ; a woman who sued Watson, but later withdrew her complaint; two women who filed criminal complaints against Watson, but did not prosecute him; at least 15 therapists who issued statements of support for Watson at the request of his lawyers; at least four therapists under contract with the Houston Texans; five women identified by the plaintiffs’ lawyers during the investigation of their lawsuits; and at least 15 other women, whose dates with Watson, have been confirmed by interviews and records reviewed by The Times.
A few of these additional women spoke publicly for the first time at Times. A woman, who did not prosecute Watson or file a complaint with the police, told the Times that he persisted in his demands for sex acts during their massage.
On March 25, during his introductory press conference with the Browns, Watson said he had “no regrets” over any of his actions during one of the massage sessions. On Tuesday, Watson continued to deny any wrongdoing: “As I said, I have never assaulted anyone. I have never harassed anyone. I have never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything. »
Although two grand juries in Texas declined to prosecute Watson earlier this year, the NFL is investigating whether he violated its code of conduct and interviewed the quarterback in person last month as part of its investigation. At the spring meeting, commissioner Roger Goodell said he believed the NFL was nearing the end of its investigation, but could not provide a timeline for when a decision might be made.
“I can’t control this. I did everything they asked me to do. I answered all questions the NFL asked me honestly, Watson said. I spent hours with these people. All I can do is be honest and tell them exactly what happened. They have a job, so I have to respect that. What we want to do is cooperate. They have to make a decision that’s best for the league. »
Watson was asked if he had considered filing counter suits for defamation due to the damage the suits had caused to his reputation. He said he didn’t focus on that and was just focusing on cleaning up his reputation.
Asked how his legal situation affects him, Watson said, “It’s been difficult” and said he tries to maintain a balance between his mental health and his social life.
“But I have a wonderful family. I have an excellent legal team. And I have a great support group here in this organization, he added. I go every day [en me concentrant] on my task and being the best person I can be,” Watson said. I can’t control what the other side does with the legal process. I just have to keep focusing on being the best Deshaun Watson I can be for this organization. »