Report: Texans fine players for attending Deshaun Watson’s restaurant opening

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The Texans have fined multiple players for attending the opening of quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s new restaurant franchise in violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols, Sarah Barshop of ESPN reports.

A social media post taken during the Dec. 15 event at Lefty’s, a cheesesteak franchise, shows six players without masks gathered together for a photo. Watson, a minority owner of the restaurant, is in the photo, along with offensive linemen Tytus Howard, Roderick Johnson and Laremy Tunsil, running back Duke Johnson and receiver Brandin Cooks, per Barshop. Defensive end Charles Omenihu, who was not pictured, also attended the opening, Barshop adds.

The NFL’s COVID-19 protocols prohibit more than three players from gathering together outside the team facility.

Barshop reports that at least one player was fined $5,000 and Watson more because it was his event.

The NFL is investigating.

Watson said during his media session last week that NFL protocols were followed at the event.

“Yes, for sure,” he said. “I mean, we had the masks. We did everything that we were supposed to do. Six feet from different people. It was a restaurant opening. It wasn’t really an event. It was a grand opening of my restaurant.”

24 responses to “Report: Texans fine players for attending Deshaun Watson’s restaurant opening

  1. “We had the masks” Seems kinda telling that he said they had them not that they were wearing them.

  2. cyndis400 says:
    December 22, 2020 at 4:40 pm
    Opening a restaurant?

    Now?

    Gotta say, doesn’t appear too financially intelligent.

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    It’s actually a great time in a lot of areas since there is a huge demand and a short supply for take-out and to-go orders outside of the typical fast-food chains.

  3. OOOOOOOOOO $5,000.00 is just a brutal fine. That sends a powerful message. (It just means the Texans don’t take the protocols seriously).

  4. octavian says:
    December 22, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Social media….the cause of so many fines and suspensions.

    And divorces.

  5. Cheesesteaks?
    Not the healthy things to eat.
    If Covid won’t get you then heart disease will which is still the number one killer.
    Should be fined for not being vegan and cruelty free.

  6. Steve M says:

    December 22, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    cyndis400 says:
    December 22, 2020 at 4:40 pm
    Opening a restaurant?

    Now?

    Gotta say, doesn’t appear too financially intelligent.

    –_——-

    It’s actually a great time in a lot of areas since there is a huge demand and a short supply for take-out and to-go orders outside of the typical fast-food chains.
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    I didnt check to see exactly where this franchise is located but I doubt it’s the only option nearby in Houston. Simply what your saying isnt accurate and doesnt make sense. In addition to the places that already offered take-out and to-go before covid now other restaurants are offering as well to make some of the money back their losing by not being able to have a full restaurant.

  7. Restaurants are a risky venture in the best of times. Why open one now? I mean, if it goes under, Watson isn’t going to hurt, but there are way more sustainable businesses. What these guys need to do is apprentice under the team owners and find out how they made so much money that they can afford to pay multiple millionaires a paycheck instead of starting apparel lines, restaurants, investing in bad real estate and record labels. Oh and COVID.

  8. Thank God the new Corvid19 Relief Bill just passed so he can get the Federal PPP Grant/Loan $$ to pay the bills…….

  9. PackmanFan says:
    December 22, 2020 at 5:39 pm
    Cheesesteaks?
    Not the healthy things to eat.
    If Covid won’t get you then heart disease will which is still the number one killer.
    Should be fined for not being vegan and cruelty free.
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    Why is it Vegans have to let the world know they are? You think a vegan diet is healthy for you? You may not die from the cheesesteak but you’ll prolly get some disease from a vitimin deficiency. Being vegan is just an artsy fartsy way to grandstand and show off , to be hip with the rest of the sheeple Keep it to yourself nobody cares if you’re vegan. Now excuse me while I get some surf and turf with a salad……now that healthy for you.

  10. Still trying to wrap my head around….

    “It was a restaurant opening. It wasn’t really an event. It was a grand opening of my restaurant.”

    Well isnt a Grand Opening an event? This is why the virus keeps spreading at an alarming rate because of stupid gatherings like this. Seems some people including high profile athletes cannot follow simple rules.

  11. How could this happen? Of all people, Laremy Tunsil should be used to wearing a mask. Doesn’t he still have that gas mask back from his Ole Miss days that similarly made it to social media on draft day in 2016?

  12. campcouch says:
    December 22, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    What these guys need to do is apprentice under the team owners and find out how they made so much money

    * * *

    They inherited it.

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