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Deshaun Watson: From poster boy to multiple lawsuits

Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL).

He played college football at Clemson, where he led the team to a national championship win in 2016. Watson was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 12th overall, by the Texans.

Watson guided the Texans to consecutive division titles between 2018 and 2019 and led the league in passing yards during 2020. He also received Pro Bowl honors in each of his three seasons as Houston’s primary starter.

In 2017, Watson donated his first NFL game check to three cafeteria employees affected by Hurricane Harvey who work at the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium. The total amount donated was around $27,000.

He has achieved a lot of accolades in his illustrious professional career in the NFL sport which began in 2017.

However, from March 2021, Deshaun Watson’s career and personal life took a nosedive following multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.

On March 16, 2021, a massage therapist from Houston, Texas filed a civil lawsuit delivered by plaintiff attorney Tony Buzbee against Watson claiming that he touched her with the tip of his erect penis while asking her for sex during a visit to her home for treatment in March 2020.

Watson vehemently denied Buzbee’s claims, stating that “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.” According to the suit, the massage therapist immediately ended their session and began crying after the incident. According to the lawsuit, a couple of weeks later, two additional NFL players contacted the massage therapist and said that Watson had recommended her for massages. The suit also claimed that Watson later reached out to the massage therapist and apologized to her for his actions.

The next day, another massage therapist represented by Buzbee claimed that Watson had met her at The Houstonian Hotel in August 2020 and completely undressed and refused to cover up. She then alleged that Watson directed her to massage his anus and penis and made a movement that caused her to touch his penis. The massage therapist also claimed that Watson had only paid her half the amount of what she charged him for her services. Buzbee later made a post on Instagram stating that there were a total of nine lawsuits filed against Watson alleging assault.

On March 18, 2021, a third civil lawsuit was filed against Watson alleging that Watson forced a massage therapist to perform oral sex on him in an office building in December 2020. The suit claims that Watson forcibly made the massage therapist perform oral sex on his penis and she blacked out a few minutes later. The therapist claims that after Watson left, she was shaken and defecated on herself. The same day, the NFL announced that they would conduct their own investigation into the sexual assault allegations made against Watson.

On March 19, 2021, Buzbee claimed that nine more civil suits had been filed against Watson (bringing it to a total of twelve) and that a total of 22 women contacted his office regarding Watson’s conduct while receiving massages.

Finally, On March 22, 2021, a 14th lawsuit was filed by a woman who called Watson a “serial predator.” The incident allegedly took place in California, just the second of the 14 allegations to take place outside the Houston area.

Authorities have declined to comment on the allegations so far.

The NFL has said it’s investigating the allegations against Watson.

Watson was born in Gainesville, Georgia on September 14, 1995, to Deann Watson and Don Richardson. He attended Gainesville High School, arriving there in the fall of 2010.


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