Deshaun Watson spoke to the media for the first time since late March on Tuesday, discussing the allegations against the quarterback. The newly acquired Cleveland Browns QB continued to announce his innocence by stating what he has said throughout the process.
"I never assaulted anyone. I never harassed anyone or I never disrespected anyone. I never forced anyone to do anything."
—Deshaun Watson speaking to the media for the first time since March 25 pic.twitter.com/7MCiR5uvfo
— ESPN (@espn) June 14, 2022
Watson opened up his press conference with a typical run-of-the-mill happy to be here response that you would hear from any athlete during an opening statement. Watson then opened the press conference for media members to ask questions on the legal allegations around the 26 civil suit allegations against him, a number that seems to continue to grow by the day.
Deshaun Watson asked by Browns reporters why he should be believed over 26 women: "I understand that question and I definitely respect it. … I've been honest and I've truthful with my stance, I never forced anyone, I never assaulted anyone."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 14, 2022
When asked about the allegations of the 26 women involved in the lawsuit, this is what Watson had to say, “I understand that question, and I definitely respect it. … I’ve been honest, and I’ve truthful with my stance, I never forced anyone, I never assaulted anyone.”
Deshaun Watson, asked if he still stood by his March 25 statement that he had “never disrespected” any woman in his life and that he had “no regrets” about any of his actions during any of the massage sessions: #Browns pic.twitter.com/CCH8fOwxmE
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) June 14, 2022
Watson and the Browns are still awaiting the fate of the QB’s 2022 season, with an impending suspension inevitably coming from the NFL. Watson, who hasn’t played since 2020, signed a 5-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract with the Browns amidst the allegations facing Watson. As this story continues to unravel, Watson and the Browns seem to be working with the mindset that its business as usual.