- The Texans are being brought into the Deshaun Watson case for potentially enabling the QB’s behavior
- The team provided Watson with a venue and an NDA agreement
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Things are going from bad to worse for troubled NFL star Deshaun Watson. A recent piece from the New York Times shows that the passer booked appointments with 66 different therapists over a 17-month period while in Houston.
Those troubles led to a one-year absence for Watson, who sat out all of the 2021 campaign. He’s now in danger of missing even more time with the NFL still investigating his case.
Despite the uncertainty, the Cleveland Browns signed Watson to the largest deal in NFL history, fully guaranteeing his $230 million contract over five seasons.
While Watson continues to battle his legal issues, his former employer is also being roped into the misconduct.
That same NYT article states that the Houston Texans are being brought into the investigation for enabling their star player’s actions.
Houston Texans accused of enabling Deshaun Watson’s behavior
NYT writer Jenna Vrentas stated that Houston’s involvement in the case stems from the team providing Watson with a hotel room to have the massages performed, as well as their providing the passer with an NDA to bring to sessions following an encounter with one particular therapist.
The Times’s review also showed that [Deshaun] Watson’s conduct was enabled, knowingly or not, by the team he played for at the time, the Houston Texans, which provided the venue Watson used for some of the appointments. A team representative also furnished him with a nondisclosure agreement after a woman who is now suing him threatened online to expose his behavior.
Here was the Texans’ response to the accusation of enabling.
The Texans did not respond to specific questions about Watson’s use of team resources. They said in a statement that they first learned of the allegations against him in March 2021, have cooperated with investigators and “will continue to do so.”
Watson, himself, states that the team was not aware of the number of sessions that he was receiving.
More damning could be the NDA, which was provided by team security after one therapist threatened to “expose” Watson for his actions.
Watson went to work at the Texans’ stadium, he found an N.D.A. in his locker. He later said in a deposition that Brent Naccara, a former Secret Service agent who is the Texans’ director of security, put it there after Watson told him about Smith’s Instagram posts.
The NFL world was quick to react to the report on social media.
NFL World reacts to the breaking news
Most are commenting on Watson’s huge deal with the Browns, and the possibility that they may be paying to watch their prized passer sit on the bench.
S/o to the Browns for trading their first round picks over the next three years and giving him $230 million of GUARANTEED money. https://t.co/XDWIYqaHdG
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 7, 2022
Others are backing Baker Mayfield, who the team turned their back on in order to sign Watson. The below comment references a spat in which the Browns referred to Mayfield as a child.
Adult in the room
— Mitchell (@themitchellfink) June 7, 2022
And don’t forget about the Texans in all of this. Will there be repercussions for the franchise for enabling Deshaun Watson’s behavior?
Another stellar story by @JennyVrentas. More reporting on the pattern of Watson's encounters with the message therapists, and how the Texans' head of security (and a former Secret Service agent) put an NDA in his locker, a document he used in subsequent meetings with masseuses. https://t.co/cOwNuxFx3c
— A.J. Perez (@byajperez) June 7, 2022
Incredibly damning for Watson, the Texans, and the Browns. https://t.co/eaE1ScmPPb
— Barry Petchesky (@barry) June 7, 2022
Will this end in an NFL suspension for Watson? Some believe so.
football season is 3 months away. the NFL and Roger Goodell can’t continue to drag their feet with a decision on Watson. they look not only unnerved, but hypocritical regarding their stance on protecting and valuing women https://t.co/QsVN4lsyVZ
— Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) June 7, 2022
I thought, initially, Deshaun Watson would get a hefty suspension this year and/or next, but eventually return to playing football.
After this last week, I'm wondering if he ever takes another snap in the NFL again. https://t.co/G2gG4lwZ2G
— Thad Brown (@thadbrown7) June 7, 2022
We’ll have to wait and see on the league’s verdict.