Deshaun Watson can take the entire Browns team to Abu Dhabi for what matters to us: He’s not going to erase the 22 sexual assault and misconduct cases he still faces. Whether the announcement that he was inviting his new offense on a trip to the Bahamas was an attempt to garner a modicum of positive press or simply a way to win over new teammates ready to be bought and look beyond his plethora of sins, nobody will accept it. forget the accusations, and the rest of the Browns shouldn’t help normalize his presence on a roster.
The latest news in pre-trial depositions (again, of the 22 civil lawsuits Watson is facing right now) is that he admitted that one of the plaintiffs, Ashley Solis, cried after a massage therapy session, because of USA TODAY. The first of the therapists to go public, at great personal risk, Solis claimed that Watson touched her with her penis during the session. After the shoot, he texted her, “I’m sorry you feel uncomfortable. They were never the intentions. Lmk if you want to work in the future. My apologies.”
Unsurprisingly, Watson states that he has no idea why she was teary-eyed. She will also reportedly meet with the NFL this week to determine if she will face a suspension for violating the league’s code of conduct. Rumors are floating around on Twitter, with the possibility of a three, four or six week suspension, but the reality of the situation is that no one really knows what her suspension will look like. All you have to do is wait and see.
The good news in this is that it’s not just going away for him, at least not for the time being. With non-existent Court orders preventing lawyers from sharing their pre-trial statements, leaks like Solis’ texts, and the clamorous acknowledgment will continue to come from 22 different women who have been brave enough to come out with their names and continue to oppose a public figure. incredibly popular. , even as NFL teams and owners were more than willing to ignore the allegations. Blind enough, mind you, to give Watson the larger guaranteed contract in the history of the game. He has several more pre-trial depositions in June, though the trials themselves aren’t scheduled to start until February, by which time any suspension he faces from the league will likely be over.
At least until the season begins, and at which point no one can guarantee if everyone will be willing to overlook their past for wins, he’s under a harsh spotlight, the trip to the Bahamas be damned. And while I don’t think it’s a fair demand to ask his current teammates to speak out against him, especially since the cases are still ongoing, it’s fair to expect the NFL to step in where the Browns didn’t to condemn his behavior. A sunny vacation, however generous, cannot erase reality.