Another potential Deshaun Watson plaintiff tells her story to SI.com

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Nineteen women have sued Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson over the past 13 days for misconduct during massage sessions. A twentieth woman has not sued Watson yet; for now, she has told her story to Jenny Vrentas of SI.com.

The woman, known only as “Mary,” said that she provided a massage to Watson in 2019. According to Mary, “Watson’s conduct during their 2.5-hour session . . . was unlike anything she’s experienced from any other client she has treated.”

She says that Watson did not touch her and did not force her to engage in sexual acts. However, she contends that Watson  “did engage in behavior that was both inappropriate and unlike any other interaction she’s had with any of her more than 1,000 clients — including other professional athletes — in her several years working as a massage therapist.”

After roughly 45 minutes into the session, Watson allegedly tossed a towel that was covering him on the floor, saying it was “too itchy.” He then “was lying face up on the table, naked and totally uncovered, something Mary says has never happened during any of her other massage appointments.”

Subsequent behavior from Watson caused Mary to believe that “his intentions were different” than simply obtaining a massage, and at one point she interpreted one of his comments as a suggestion to touch his exposed penis.

Vrentas corroborated Mary’s version of the events by reviewing text messages and social-media messages and by interviewing a family member to whom Mary sport in the immediate aftermath of the massage session.

Vrentas also secured this comment from Hardin: “We are just not in any position to comment in any way right now on another anonymous story or complaint. I just think it’s unfair to ask us to.”

Mary contacted lawyer Tony Buzbee’s firm regarding the complaints that were filed. She told Vrentas that Mary “felt pressured to sign a contract for them to represent her and declined.” Mary is currently working with another lawyer, U.A. Lewis, to explore her options.

“I just want a genuine apology, for us and our community, for putting us in these situations where we don’t know what to do,” Mary told Vrentas. “There are so many people that are against us, saying, ‘Why would he do that? He has no reason to do that. He has a beautiful girlfriend; he has this, this, this and this.’ All of those things are true, but fame doesn’t create character.”

65 responses to “Another potential Deshaun Watson plaintiff tells her story to SI.com

  1. The man wanted to leave the Texans because he thought they didn’t have their house in order. I guess you don’t throw rocks at others if you live in a glass house. Ouch.

  2. What’s fascinating is how everybody said Watson’s reputation was beyond reproach. Nobody could say a negative thing about him. Role model. Leader. Star.

    I’m not saying Watson committed a crime.

    But what would a psychologist call this behavior?
    It is clearly pre-meditated action to manipulate these women into some kind of sexual encounter. Why don’t we talk about this behavior? It is a psychopathic pattern.

  3. She shared her story under an alias and is likely not pressing any charges. She was just angry when he claimed he treated women with the utmost respect.

    What does the “she’s in it for the money” crowd have to say to that?

  4. He’s toast! No one is going to trade for him and the NFL will probably suspend him. So much for a big time contract!

  5. reading the comments I can see why Trumps conspiracy theories were believed. Wow. The intelligence in these is baffling

  6. Go to the police! Seriously, this is ridiculous now. Stop talking to the press. Stop trying to grab money. If a crime was committed, go to the police.

  7. I’m sure if 19 women accused me of sexual assault, I would be walking the streets……..what a joke…..this guy is a sexual predator and needs to be arrested.

  8. No idea if any of this is illegal, but wow he’s definitely a creep. I didn’t know what to think with all the other stories, but I don’t see a motive from this lady other than to speak up. No way anyone could trade for him, there’s no way he can be the face of a franchise. His talent will give him another shot, but it’s probably Houston or bust at this point.

  9. Watson is done. He ain’t playing this season. Maybe he’ll play in 2022.

    Texans are SO DUMB. They could have had 2-3 future 1sts in hand for him just a few months ago. Dragged their feet and now they have nothing.

    They’ll have to give him his 2nd chance in 2022 after the legal stuff plays out IF he’s not incarcerated. They now get to stand by him or get nothing.

    They could have had those picks and rebuild their franchise. Easterby strikes again.

  10. arrowhead816 says:
    March 29, 2021 at 8:25 pm
    Out of all of the cases, this one seemed the most genuine

    I agree. She isn’t jumping on the bandwagon. She’s just telling her experience, and it seems to at least suggest the other plaintiffs are telling some modicum of truth.

  11. IMHO…The worst burn from that article is…

    “The one thing I keep thinking about is, he’s about to get traded to another place,” Mary says. “What if he goes to Atlanta or California or anywhere else? He would have a whole new community of massage therapists to target.”

    Oooof

  12. Amazing how no one has yet to question the Texan’s Team Culture that has allowed such a travesty to happen under its watch. This isn’t some unknown offensive lineman, this is THEIR star Quarterback.

  13. 2 things, how has this been going on this long and no one said anything. Are any of these women going to press charges? I mean sexual assault is a crime right? He according to these women violated them and they’re taking him to civil court?

  14. Though I find it hard, no pun intended, to believe that other teams are interested in his services, if they are, Houston needs to take the best offer now. This lady seems extremely credible.

  15. A team that has Bill Cosby under center should lose its entire draft. The team didn’t know about Watson like Hollywood didn’t know about Weinstein.

  16. I honestly thought that this was a scam engineered by Watson to get traded and pay less to the women than he would have had to give up by holding out. But the sheer number of women making claims goes against that theory; it would be quite difficult to coordinate that many stories, and it would be unnecessary to accomplish the goal of getting traded. Now it is hard to believe that nothing happened.

  17. Way back in the fifth century, Heraclitus wrote, “Character is Destiny” – and this Watson character is destined for . . . .

  18. kevpft says:
    March 29, 2021 at 8:59 pm
    “Fame doesn’t create character.”

    Indeed. Much of the time, it reveals it.

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    Words of wisdom, dude.

  19. Ahhh, the old itchy towel gambit; what woman would not be duped by that clever tactic? No wonder he wants to be QB and GM with a brilliant mind such as that. This guy is a real doozy.

  20. The pattern, the sheer number of different masseuses, them all being women and their looks is going to doom him.

    I’ve no doubt law enforcement has been investigating since the beginning. They’ve been silent because the more he says the more he corners himself. When they’re sure he’s only speaking through his attorney is when they’ll go public.

  21. I hadn’t read the court cases filed but did read the SI article in this case. What the heck was Watson thinking? He is toast.

  22. Thank God for this account, and thankfully she chose another route other than Buzbee.

    All I have an issue with is, “they don’t know what to say”… you say no, and you leave. And if you really want to stop this in your industry, you go for the jugular and involve the police. I guess until the info comes out we won’t know why they haven’t, but my guess is that nothing “criminal” happened. Or it did and there is no evidence.

    I hope for all of these ladies sake that somebody finds a way to put an end to this behavior and they get peace. Nobody should be subjected to that. If he writes a check and it goes away, it doesn’t help anybody…. including him. Money can solve a lot of problems, but it doesn’t repair scars.

  23. I never thought I would say this. Garoppolo is now a better option at QB than Watson. I don’t think that Watson will ever play in the NFL again.

  24. The tide of public opinion has now begun to turn against him. He had enjoyed the benefit of the doubt up to this point.

  25. curtfj says:
    March 29, 2021 at 7:34 pm
    It’s time for law enforcement to be involved

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    They will be once one of the plaintiffs want them to be but that is very messy.

  26. Yeah, this is bad regardless of if this is a crime or not. His best course of action is to go on Oprah and admit he is a sex addict and is seeking help. I am not sure how this plays out in a civil case, he didn’t force the ladies to do anything, but he did put them and himself in a bad position, how much that will cost him who knows…. This country loves to put people up on a pedestal, tear them down, and watch them rise like a Phoenix. This is pretty much like Tiger Woods saga, without out the championships

  27. I bet 95% of you didn’t even read the article. No crime was committed. She even said so herself. By now, Robert Kraft was supposed to have been forced to sell his team according to everybody that comments here. How’s that working out?

    This too shall pass. Settlements will sweep this under the rug quite nicely and once Watson starts throwing TDs again, nobody is going to care about this.

  28. Geez, this whole situation runs deep… and it’s getting more wild every week. Seems like Houston should’ve said he was available and traded him to the highest bidder. The ghost of Bill O’Brien will haunt this franchise forever.

  29. @iliketurtles

    I said something very similar but my comment apparently wasn’t approved. Either way, it clearly states he never forced himself on her or committed any criminal act.

    We don’t know who he is behind closed doors, but if this is the worst of it (and I admittedly haven’t read any other testimonies), then this is exactly why criminal charges won’t be pursued. But this, along with everything else, all but confirms we’ve probably seen Watson’s last game in the NFL.

  30. It’s time for him to do a Tiger Woods. He needs to claim he is a sex addict, leave the NFL for a year and get help. Along with making amends to all the women he has wronged. If he doesn’t do this he could go down in flaims!

  31. All of those cryptic tweets and IG posts. Houston Texans got condemned because Chaplain Easterby was in the front office. People were going to march talking about “free Deshaun”. Every executive for the Texans were raked over the coals and Cabo Watson was called a victim. Twenty plus women aren’t in cahoots to get a little cash from him. I don’t know what I would do if those were my sisters, mother, aunts, cousins or wife. Some guy is reading this blog now convinced that it’s a billionaire plot or The Man is out to get him. Face it, some guy you only know from tv or from the 50 yard line seats has turned out to be what you didn’t expect.

  32. I’m sorry, but the fact that this snowballed so quickly exactly as he was trying to leave still makes me suspicious. I’m not saying he didn’t do it, but why did all these people wait until this exact moment? Was it just the first one opened the floodgates? If so, I get that. Still very suspicious timing. I’m waiting on more than accusations for now.

  33. The arrogance of him trying force himself out of Houston and expect these women to fulfill his expectations are synonymous.gui

  34. A lot of questions about this situation. Did these incidents occur at the same establishment? Over what time period? Did the allegations begin after a specific incident (beyond the obvious)? The women(and men) who are trained to be a masseuse deserve respect for their craft. It is often therapeutic even as it can be a somewhat sensual experience. But there is a definite line. Some idiots get confused. Having said all that, one can be aware of certain establishments that will provide a different type of service. Has anyone bothered to investigate that angle? Maybe not, considering the number of allegations. But if there is any daylight as far as that goes, it will probably be made known soon.

  35. First, people comparing Watson to Bill Cosby is just ridiculous. We live in a world where Epstein was involved for decades in trafficing underage girls for the wealthy (including at least a couple of former POTUS’s). People with power and privilege usually seek or expect special treatment outside of societal norms – how about buying college acceptance for their kids?

    On the wealth and power scale, Watson is small potatoes, but he obviously likes to get massages and would like them to go places that professional masseuses don’t go. Too much p-hub watching, I’d expect.

    I’m not excusing his behavior by any means, but most of these allegations don’t seem to involve criminal behavior. The NFL has allowed accused rapists and murderers (oh, and actual murderers who’ve killed people while DUI) to play in the league. It’s a different time, but Watson isn’t going to be banned.

    I still believe, however, that this whole thing has come with the Texans involved in the background. It’s just a smear campaign to punish Watson for wanting out of that garbage organization.

  36. What needs to happen is for a victim that he forced into sexual contact to muster the courage to go to the police . Sounds like attorney Buzbee is more concerned about getting paid instead of getting justice for the victims . Hoping the SI article encourages others to come forward that actually have proof and provide it to law enforcement with representation they freely chose .

  37. This statement by “Mary” made me question Busbee’s motives — “She told Vrentas that Mary “felt pressured to sign a contract for them to represent her and declined.”” Could this entire sordid affair equate to a “more the merrier” scenario to put even more pressure on Watson to negotiate settlements out of court? I’m thinking DeShaun needs to get his checkbook ready.

    This situation is going to be devastating to the Texans’ franchise for years to come. They don’t have a QB, no draft choices in which to draft a competent one, and they traded away most of their really good players. Now I know why J.J. Watt hit the road.

  38. This account sounds 100% plausible. It’s lack of criminality is what makes it believable. This was his M.O. Some of the women probably walked out, some pretended they didn’t see it, but some definitely felt pressured to do more. Even if there are no crimes here, he’s a scummy superstar that thinks he can treat people however he wants. What team wants that as the face of their franchise?

  39. “We are just not in any position to comment in any way right now on another anonymous story or complaint. I just think it’s unfair to ask us to.” Yet you try this case in the court of public opinion? Then state it as such as if you don’t want money so S.I got your story for free?

  40. chickensalad43 says:
    March 29, 2021 at 9:01 pm
    She shared her story under an alias and is likely not pressing any charges. She was just angry when he claimed he treated women with the utmost respect.

    What does the “she’s in it for the money” crowd have to say to that?
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    So you don’t think SI paid her anything for giving them her story? What about the part where she has an attorney and is exploring her options? Of course she’ll want an apology… with a check.

  41. cjmcfootball says:
    March 30, 2021 at 9:34 am
    This account sounds 100% plausible. It’s lack of criminality is what makes it believable. This was his M.O. Some of the women probably walked out, some pretended they didn’t see it, but some definitely felt pressured to do more. Even if there are no crimes here, he’s a scummy superstar that thinks he can treat people however he wants. What team wants that as the face of their franchise?

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    Sexual abuse is a crime.

  42. It’s hard to believe this was a surprise to all. When he requested the trade everyone was praising him.

    “At the end of the day. Deshaun is a great man. A servant leader. Even now when people are trying to crucify him and talk bad on his name, he’s still out there doing things for the community in Houston.”

    -Jalen Ramsey

    “I love Deshaun. I love Deshaun; we speak often. He’s an incredible player, but he’s an incredible person. He’s a special human being and he’s obviously unbelievably talented as an athlete, but he’s also just a great person. I tell him, the one thing I want for Deshaun Watson is for him to be happy. He deserves it. And I want him to be happy, so whatever that looks like for him, that’s what I want for him.”

    -J.J. Watt

  43. Every tweet, interview, and word out of Buzbees mouth makes this case easier, not harder, for the defense. Taint the jury pool much Buzbee?

  44. AFW says:
    March 30, 2021 at 8:28 am
    First, people comparing Watson to Bill Cosby is just ridiculous. We live in a world where Epstein was involved for decades in trafficing underage girls for the wealthy (including at least a couple of former POTUS’s). People with power and privilege usually seek or expect special treatment outside of societal norms – how about buying college acceptance for their kids?

    On the wealth and power scale, Watson is small potatoes, but he obviously likes to get massages and would like them to go places that professional masseuses don’t go. Too much p-hub watching, I’d expect.

    I’m not excusing his behavior by any means, but most of these allegations don’t seem to involve criminal behavior. The NFL has allowed accused rapists and murderers (oh, and actual murderers who’ve killed people while DUI) to play in the league. It’s a different time, but Watson isn’t going to be banned.

    I still believe, however, that this whole thing has come with the Texans involved in the background. It’s just a smear campaign to punish Watson for wanting out of that garbage organization.

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    Pattern is the same vs the drugging and raping. What’s next, the Vick card calling it “cultural”?

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