Report: Deshaun Watson will attribute using Instagram massage therapists to COVID-19

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Lawyer Rusty Hardin has said that a response on behalf of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to multiple claims of assault during massage sessions will be provided next week. Someone apparently has leaked a preview of a portion of Watson’s explanation.

According to TMZ.com, Watson used Instagram to find massage therapists because his usual therapist became unavailable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the report, Watson used “various friends, teammates and associates” for recommendations.

While that information has nothing to do with the question of whether Watson engaged in misconduct during the massages (he insists he didn’t; at least 12 women formally have claimed otherwise), it attempts to explain away the perception that Watson deliberately used Instagram to seek out massages that possibly were going to be something more than massages.

As repeatedly explained this week, the activation of the civil justice system means that these allegations eventually will be resolved in court, barring a settlement. The alleged victims will testify, Watson will testify, a jury will hear their words, study their demeanor, and consider any other objective evidence before deciding whether the victims or Watson are telling the truth.

Separate from the legal process is the court of public opinion. Regardless of whether Tony Buzbee’s efforts are succeeding, he has established a considerable head start over Hardin in publicizing the message.

16 responses to “Report: Deshaun Watson will attribute using Instagram massage therapists to COVID-19

  1. Wait a sec, he attributes covid-19 to why we used 21 ( or more ) different women instead of his usual masseuse…by violating NFL and State covid-19 protocols and flying women in across state lines? Even if his word beats out the word of 21 women or more…this would be his second violation of covid-19 protocols. He will definitely face suspension no matter what.

  2. NFL teams provide massages. Of course, they may not provide an attractive young woman to do it. You might have to go to Instagram to get that. This argument isn’t going to work.

  3. For the sakes of those involved, it’s best to ignore the ‘noise’ and not to pass judgement until all the evidence is heard.

  4. If these allegations were false, Watson and his attorney would have gone to the police last month when the plaintiffs asked for a settlement to keep this private. That’s clear extortion. The fact that Watson didn’t do that speaks volumes, much more than any faux sympathy COVID-19 defense like his current attorney is pushing. Watson is acting like a guilty man trying to cover his tracks. He’s done for this season at a minimum.

  5. If Watson used Instagram to seek out massages that possibly were going to be something more than massages, and the therapists said yes, then a judge might think that anything that happened that was possibly something more than a massage, would have had to be consensual. Otherwise the therapists would have said no. But possibly, after being contacted by a lawyer with the enticement of financial gain, perhaps that’s when they decided to go for it. After all, I’m sure the massage industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. People have to do what they have to do to feed their families. There are government programs out there to help small businesses during this crisis. But the lawyer doesn’t get a cut of that money. He’ll get a big slice of Watson’s money.

  6. These accusations are from late 2020, massage places in Texas reopened in May. He needs a better alibi

  7. ajc7nfl says:
    March 20, 2021 at 11:00 am
    NFL teams provide massages. Of course, they may not provide an attractive young woman to do it. You might have to go to Instagram to get that. This argument isn’t going to work.

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    Well, Goodell is famous for protecting star players who are abusers of women. He just covered for Von Miller, for example, even with hard evidence.

  8. Ruh-roh. Is it me, or is this getting worse by the minute? For my team I had been leaning toward not pursuing him and keeping the draft picks – take Zach Wilson at 2, maybe even trade our next two picks down and fill the many and massive holes we have at interior O line, cornerback, linebacker, TE and running back etc lol….now I’m all in on that.

  9. touchback6 says:
    March 20, 2021 at 11:41 am
    ajc7nfl says:
    March 20, 2021 at 11:00 am

    NFL teams provide massages. Of course, they may not provide an attractive young woman to do it. You might have to go to Instagram to get that. This argument isn’t going to work.

    43 4 Rate This

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    Well, Goodell is famous for protecting star players who are abusers of women. He just covered for Von Miller, for example, even with hard evidence.

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    What did Zeke Elliott do to get on the wrong side of Goodell? Or do you call that suspension “protection’?

  10. Yeah, I don’t always assume every athlete is guilty, but when there are this many accusers, I tend to think there is something to the accusations.

  11. I believe it have you seen how ugly this dude is lol there’s a forehead a five head and Watson has a three head. So much for them getting good draft picks the Gm is saying now darn I should have trading him when I could have

  12. These accusations are bogus! Mes up his trade a value by the bs! No matter if he’s innocent it’s n people’s minds now. I got one question! How do every one of these women tell the exact same story if it’s not scripted?

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