Cal McNair: Texans take allegations against Deshaun Watson “very seriously”

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The Texans haven’t said much publicly regarding the 20-day-old controversy involving quarterback Deshaun Watson. On Monday, owner Cal McNair said plenty.

Via the Houston Chronicle, McNair sent a letter to season-ticket holders that addressed the situation in strong terms.

“We want to take this opportunity to address the complaint filed with the Houston Police Department and the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson,” the letter explains. “We want to assure you that we take these allegations very seriously. As reported, HPD and the National Football League are conducting investigations and we will cooperate fully. We respect the legal process and will continue to monitor the situation closely. . . .

“While we await the conclusion of these investigations, we express our strong stance against any form of sexual assault. Our family and the entire Houston Texans organization are deeply troubled by any form of abuse and we condemn this type of behavior. We will continue to commit resources to help prevent abusive behaviors from occurring in our community and ensure respect for all. . . . This is deeply personal to our family and remains a priority.”

The Texans, after initially resisting the notion of trading Watson, had seemed to begin to warm to the possibility of sending him to a new team. Then the first of 22 lawsuits was filed, placing everything on hold.

With so many civil actions, all being handled by a lawyer who seems to understand and to relish the value of publicity to his practice, it’s hard to imagine that this situation will be resolved in an expeditious manner. The pause button has been pressed on his football career; a trade is as a practical matter impossible. Indeed, his best chance of getting paid in 2021 could come from showing up for training camp and being placed on the Commissioner Exempt list. Unless the Texans cut him, they’ll owe him his full salary (he’s due to make more than $10 million this year) while the league decides whether and to what extent Watson should be suspended without pay.

There’s a good chance Watson won’t play at all in 2021. There’s a chance he’ll miss multiple seasons, if the league decides that he won’t be permitted to play until the civil cases are resolved.

There’s also a chance, now that a criminal investigation has commenced, that he’ll eventually be charged and convicted of crimes that could derail if not end his football career. At this point, it’s simply too early to know how any of this will play out.

28 responses to “Cal McNair: Texans take allegations against Deshaun Watson “very seriously”

  1. The league will eventually tell him to get this settled ASAP, he’ll graciously overpay the alleged victims, and we’ll all but memory-hole this in a couple months.

  2. If you haven’t bought a Deshaun Watson Texan’s jersey yet, you better buy one now. It’s going to become a rare collectible pretty soon.

  3. “There’s a good chance Watson won’t play at all in 2021. There’s a chance he’ll miss multiple seasons, if the league decides that he won’t be permitted to play until the civil cases are resolved.

    There’s also a chance, now that a criminal investigation has commenced, that he’ll eventually be charged and convicted of crimes that could derail if not end his football career. At this point, it’s simply too early to know how any of this will play out.”

    It would be completely unprecedented in sports history for someone to miss multiple seasons waiting for a civil case to be resolved. That’s getting way too far ahead of things. I don’t think it’s plausible for Watson to be suspended for more than this season unless there is a criminal conviction.

  4. I think if Watson isn’t allowed to play in 2021 then he’ll never play again, especially if the he gets indicted on criminal charges. Watson has painted himself in a corner. Even if he settles all these cases out of court he’s likely going to be suspended and it’s quite possible he’ll be cut and I can’t imagine any team would want to sign him given today’s environment. It sure looks like Watson was right….he won’t be playing for the Texans this year. This guy took lessons from AB on how to ruin your NFL career.

  5. I don’t believe Watson has done anything illegal. I heard the lawyer in the case, and McNair are neighbors. Sounds fishy.

  6. Antonio Brown played in 2020 even though he was accused and he will be facing trial shortly.

  7. I think what’s going to happen is, in the end dozens more therapists will support Watson than be against him – maybe something like 80-35 – and he can declare victory in this thing and be on the field in time for camp.

  8. We take these allegations seriously. We are investigating. We have no further comment.
    ________________________________________________

    Wash, rinse and repeat.

  9. Perhaps the real reason Watson wanted out of Houstan is what is now playing out. It makes about as much sense as using Instagram to procure a “Prodessional” message during a pandemic with over 40 women.

  10. I don’t know legal definitions, what is needed to meet the burden of proof, and other courtroom terms, but this guy is guilty of something more than bad judgement.

  11. Tough position for Texans. If proven true, the $50M Cap Hit in dead money prohibit cutting him, even with a post June 1 designation. They potentially and most likely end up trying to void the contract and seek compensation for signing bonus and relief against future payments. The question I have is whether or not, at that point, does his $15M cap for 2021 get removed if he is placed on the “Commissioner’s Exempt List?”

  12. I can see him missing games in 2021 but not after.
    Investigate and find out and conduct whatever discipline is appropriate.
    But dragging this out for years won’t happen, not is it justice.

  13. Pretty sure Easterby went to church this past weekend. Then spent time with his family.

  14. I look to these developments and I thank the universe that the Phins didn’t blow up their entire draft to trade for this dude the way Armando Salguero wanted them to. Mando wasn’t the only person though in Dolphin land begging for this trade to happen. All those that wanted it to happen, I thank you for not having any joujou at all.

  15. What possesses a man who is monetarily on “top of the world” to place both his career and life in jeopardy? (No not Aaron Rodgers) I feel very bad for DeShaun Watson and even more for the “victims” in this horror show. I really liked him as both a QB and a personality. I don’t know what is going to happen out of all this but I suspect the Texans will end up releasing him and going to court to recoup what they have paid him due to a probable “morals” clause in his contract. Don’t most businesses include that type verbiage in contracts? It’s a darn shame but I doubt Watson ever plays in the NFL again. He’s become toxic.

  16. I believe in compassion. Watson is a human being working out a sexual issue. A lot of other Americans are probably in the same boat. Let’s heal together.

    From a football standpoint, Watson’s career is on hold.

    From a social standpoint, the Texans corporation is now in a favorable position from a PR standpoint. Watson’s behavior has taken focus and he is no longer a darling for the emotional projection of others.

    But what will eventually be exposed about the Texans? And will we have compassion?

  17. Adrian Peterson beat a kid bloody and teams still pay him to play. This is nothing for Watson.

  18. Nothing is going to happen to Watson, except his bank account will take a BIG hit. Love all the armchair legal experts on the boards, good thing they aren’t legitimate people in power or Watson would already be lynched.
    If you think Watson’s NFL career is over you haven’t paid attention to the NFL over the last 25 plus years. In my opinion the only things Watson may be guilty of is bad judgement and having a really weird fetish.

  19. After the interview Cal McNair proceeded to walk over to the other room where his lawyer Buzbee was waiting.

    It could be real or it could be a smear campaign, let’s get the trial moving forward and see what evidence comes to light.

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