Rusty Hardin admits that Deshaun Watson’s massages sometimes resulted in consensual sex

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On the heels of a pair of victories in court on the question of whether the women suing Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson would be required to disclose their names, attorney Rusty Hardin held a press conference regarding the case.

Hardin admitted that consensual sexual encounters sometimes occurred with massage therapists. Hardin insists, however, that he did not coerce the massage therapists or use his status as a celebrity to violate the ability of the massage therapists to provide consent.

Hardin repeatedly expressed disappointment and frustration with attorney Tony Buzbee’s efforts to try the case through the media. However, Hardin also did the exact same thing during the press conference, introducing multiple colleagues who vouched for Watson’s character and innocence based on their interactions with him since Hardin’s firm was hired more than three weeks ago.

Likewise, Hardin described the entire situation as a “new model for extortion,” and he reiterated the attack on Ashley Solis for making a settlement demand of $100,000 and then claiming earlier this week that she is not proceeding with a civil lawsuit “just for money.”

For the 22 civil lawsuits filed against Watson, these cases will come down to whether the jury believes Watson (assuming he testifies) or the accuser. With a very low standard of proof in civil court, it will be very difficult as a practical matter for Watson to prevail in 22 different cases.

128 responses to “Rusty Hardin admits that Deshaun Watson’s massages sometimes resulted in consensual sex

  1. Watson is cooked, they just keep having to admit stuff like this to try and paint it as a rosy picture because they know how bad it is.

  2. This dude is looking more and more like a predator who was trolling social media looking for women to massage him so he could turn them sexual.

  3. Duh?

    And there’s nothing wrong with that what-so-ever. As long as it’s all consensual.

  4. I am not leaning one way or the other as to Watson’s guilt or innocence, but I will say this: if you are a man with money or profile, you are beyond stupid if you are soliciting sex from random women you meet on instagram.

  5. Everything is pointing to predatory behavior. Which is likely why he pursued new and different massage therapists.

  6. Fame and fortune is not easy for most to navigate at a young age.

    It sounds like the amazing, 25yo Deshaun, stepped off the deep end.

  7. the story now is , ‘yes,we had sex, but it was consensual” soon it will be “if i offended anyone, i am truly sorry”

  8. If Houston hadn’t been so greedy they could’ve soaked the Bears for 3 1st’s months ago. Oh well!

  9. What a sudden fall from grace. Went from people talking about trading 4 1st round picks for him to career possibly over in a matter of weeks.

  10. mikethevike11 says:
    April 9, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Duh?

    And there’s nothing wrong with that what-so-ever. As long as it’s all consensual.

    ——

    Very true….but at least some claim it was not wanted

  11. So why were therapist asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement on consensual sex?

  12. In consideration of the differences in social status and power, it is almost impossible for sexual relations to be consensual in this context. Mr. Watson could easily use his position and power to coerce. This is different from informed consent.

  13. You have to assume some of those therapists went for it because they found him cute, and were inspired by his fame. Some were forced one way or another. It’s strange because normally we see cases where the it’s professional, not the client, who is the abuser.
    This being said, for those who were coerced, they deserve reparation, but what is the outcome for those who are in it for the money, and are dismissed. Don’t they have to pay some form of reparation to Watson?
    The reason why I assume there is money grab involved, by some of the plaintiffs, is because of the public circus created by Buzbee, who from the beginning did define himself as the protector of oppressed women, which had to be very inviting for some therapists.

  14. I can see where there was consensual sex where Watson was a participant and then moved on like it meant nothing. Not a nice way to treat a women. When and if it ever comes to that in some instances women can get extremely mad to say the least. If that were the case it’s not a criminal offense to be a jerk. Not that the league can’t have a say in his behavior but criminal charges? No conviction in the end and the time to write the check was before these women came out to make this public. Damage has already been done.

  15. Hardin keeps putting his feet into Watson’s mouth every chance he gets to speak out. He might be thinking he’s getting ahead of the story here, but in truth, there hasn’t been reports of sexual intercourse with any of the complainants so far. If he had then it would be tantamount to rape because clearly they weren’t consensual. So that leaves the big question of how many other massage therapists did this dude hire that he had sex with? Watson’s career is categorically in big trouble now. He’ll be lucky to avoid incarceration.

  16. “Hardin insists, however, that he did not coerce the massage therapists or use his status as a celebrity to violate the ability of the massage therapists to provide consent.”

    Sure thing, bud.

  17. Consensual or not… Watson used VERY POOR judgement in his sexual exploits and promiscuity.

    And I fear he is going to pay for it dearly. Maybe with some time in Prison, and perhaps with losing out on perhaps what COULD have been the most lucrative NFL contract EVER seen.

  18. The fact Watson could have settled these before it got to this point, we found out about it and decided to fight anyway shows how unintelligent he is – that he is also a compulsive addicted predator.
    I hope he never plays football again. Not even Canada or Madden.

  19. Why would any of these women be asked to sign a NDA if it was consensual? So that his girlfriend wouldn’t find out? This guy is a dog at best,and a predator at worst.

  20. Sounds like he is hoping the women plea down for him by admitting to this, which he already did.

    That was before the first two gals submitted their names.

    Tick tock…tick tock..

  21. Do y’all really think that Watson is the only NFL player in the Houston area on these massage therapist’s clients list? Tip ‘O the Iceberg my friends.

  22. It doesn’t seem like there is anything new here because I read way back when this first brewed up that he admitted having consensual sex. So again, this remains a he said/she said sort of affair. PFT may be correct in Watson’s difficulties in prevailing over all 22 accusers in Civil Court given the lower standard of proof required in civil cases. The criminal complaint, if pursued by the DA would be a whole different matter given the proof beyond reasonable doubt requirement of Criminal Law.

  23. Well I think we all realize that Deshaun Watson is treating these licensed massage therapists as if they are sitting at a bar in a night club all alone. Please settle this ASAP and then change your mode of operation to get what you want!

  24. The fact that something happened period with even one therapist consensual or not means his career is over. Whoever told him not to settle originally knowing that is a horrible lawyer.

  25. I bet at this point Rusty Hardin knows he’s not going to fully exonerate Watson of all these charges. Hardin is getting paid to mitigate as much damage to his client as he possibly can. That’s the best Watson can hope for.
    And unfortunately for Watson, there isn’t a thing Hardin can do to save his football career. That’s going to rest solely in the hands of Roger Goodell.

  26. Why make this admission now? Maybe if he can show a few of these women are definitely lying, he can cast doubt on the rest and show they have a reason to settle, but man that is pretty risky.

  27. Since there is now a criminal investigation, it looks like Watson and his lawyer are really pushing to settle to the point they changed the onus of the civil case of the victims from the 22 convincing a jury that it happened to now Watson having to convince a jury that the actions did happen but they were all consensual. The 22 victims will make it extremely hard to win any of those cases and his lawyer has to know that. The real issue is Buzbee knows that and is going to want a whole lot of money probably every last cent of Watsons after his lawyer gets several million. It is really to the point Watson needs to admit to actions, settle, beg for forgiveness and try to salvage his NFL career.

  28. I would call out that ‘I have never treated women with anything but respect’ declaration

  29. If I’m a young adult and I want some no strings attached sex, I’m going to a masseuse too

  30. Has anyone read anything about Watson raping any one of these massage therapists? Are the Houston police being asked to investigate rapes where the forensic evidence has long since disappeared? Or is the fact of heterosexual activity by Watson a crime by itself in this particular case?

  31. Well… if your defense is going to be prostitution they might as well suspend him now.

  32. “And there’s nothing wrong with that what-so-ever. As long as it’s all consensual.”

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    I beg to differ. If he is paying a massage therapist for sexual acts that is soliciting prostitution. Maybe it should be legal, but it’s not. Ask Robert Kraft.

  33. ktoast says:
    April 9, 2021 at 4:13 pm
    I am not leaning one way or the other as to Watson’s guilt or innocence, but I will say this: if you are a man with money or profile, you are beyond stupid if you are soliciting sex from random women you meet on instagram.

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    I don’t know how anyone could down vote this. This is the most truthful thing I’ve read on this whole situation.

  34. If a dude has that much money and doesn’t use a high class call girl but has to result to massage therapists….has serious seriously issues.

  35. tiredofwinning says:
    April 9, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    In consideration of the differences in social status and power, it is almost impossible for sexual relations to be consensual in this context. Mr. Watson could easily use his position and power to coerce. This is different from informed consent.

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    So you are saying that an adult female can’t possibly consent in this situation? Wow, I give women a lot more credit than you do. Note I’m not weighing in on whether these women consented, just your claim that it’s almost impossible for them to consent.

  36. Seems guilty of creepy behaviour anyway, and putting numerous women in very uncomfortable positions.

  37. Once this defense doesn’t work, on to the race card next. We all know it is coming. The Man is obviously framing watson and paid all of these women to take him down. Stephen A Smith and jemele hill will be wailing about this claiming The Man is framing him.

  38. I’m in total shock in the turn of events involving Watson, I always considered him one of the bright and talented young players of the league moving forward, I wonder now if he will ever play another down, for anyone

  39. Interesting that none of the therapists who spoke out on behalf of Watson mentioned consensual sex. Kinda makes it feel like before, Watson’s side was making it seem like nothing like that happened with any of the therapists.

  40. So a professional athlete turns his acquaintance’s and or people they work with into a sexual relationship? Call me surprised.

  41. How about this? If you’re a straight male and just have to get a massage, go to a massage therapist who’s also a straight male. Why even invite a possible problem?

  42. Should have been reading the Texans playbook, NOT the Darren Sharper playbook..

  43. Watson is a predator- plain and simple. Does he still have a girlfriend after this? Because he did have one when he engaged in all of his “harmless” consensual sex. I guess there is nothing wrong with that either. Throw the book at this guy.

  44. beachsidejames says:
    April 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm
    I can see where there was consensual sex where Watson was a participant and then moved on like it meant nothing. Not a nice way to treat a women. When and if it ever comes to that in some instances women can get extremely mad to say the least. If that were the case it’s not a criminal offense to be a jerk. Not that the league can’t have a say in his behavior but criminal charges? No conviction in the end and the time to write the check was before these women came out to make this public. Damage has already been done.

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    Why do people keep talking about “convictions”? These are civil suits….a “convictions” is not even a potential outcome

  45. So, sometimes it was met with consensual sexual encounters, while most of the time it was unwanted sexual conduct…got it!

  46. The way it’s looking, maybe Watson was doing Houston a solid by forcing them to trade him so they could avoid all this insanity.

  47. Now they have to explain for DNA evidence or even possibly rape kits.

    Watson is done. There is a criminal investigation now and he’s going to end up in prison.

  48. mikethevike11 says:
    April 9, 2021 at 4:09 pm
    Duh?

    And there’s nothing wrong with that what-so-ever. As long as it’s all consensual.

    ————————————
    Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Epstein, [insert powerful and famous person’s name here who’s been in this same situation] 100% agree with you.

  49. Another question that factors in here is;

    Were the woman that agreed to have sex with him paid extra? Were they offered money?

    If they were paid by credit, or debit card were some paid three times what others got.

    They need to see and follow the paper trail, if there is one.

  50. tinye67 says:
    April 9, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    Everything is pointing to predatory behavior. Which is likely why he pursued new and different massage therapists.

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    This isn’t entirely true. Try watching the same porn movie over and over. Some guys are wanting a new girl every night and like the hunt. He may get off on persuading these ladies.
    From what’s been put out there he’s never physically forced any of these women he merely suggests and asks.
    It’s all in very bad taste and will cost him a boat load likely now.
    But he’s not going to jail for showing his junk or asking for sex.
    I’m sure allot of these women had some idea as to what he was looking for when they were flown in for the massage:)

  51. A question to the group here. Does this all possibly work out in favor of the Texans? Their superstar QB was making demands about being included in the coaching search, and when he didn’t get his way, he let everyone know he wanted out. Now with this major personal issue, he loses all credibility and should be very humbled and a model teammate ( at least for his image ). Depending on how this works out,The Texans keep their very young superstar ( maybe he gets a suspension) and other players are quieter about making such silly demands ( like NBA players ).

    There is also the possibility he gets cut if the league hammers him and then the team has his money to get players.

    I mean no disrespect to the sexual abuse accusations. If he’s guilty, he is a horrible person and he can go away forever. I have a daughter who had to deal with abuse and she hid it out of embarrassment so I totally understand why women want their names hidden. It seems to me the women want to “hurt “ the predators spotless image and get into his money. They have that right if he did them wrong. My opinion, he’s scum but that doesn’t mean the NFL won’t allow him to play after he makes all the right public and sorrowfull statements.

  52. Rusty Hardon gonna play the ‘sex addict’ card. Mandatory therapy, community service & a hefty payout. 6-8 game suspension. Done. Normal dudes would have their lives ruined. Which is probably on par.

  53. Seems like if it was a white qb the left would be screaming to have him arrested.

  54. No need to make this political. If Gaetz is guilty, and Im a conservative and think he is guilty, then he should lose everything….he embarrasses me. This Watson thing isnt about politics.

  55. Lol. Story is changing by the day.

    Who has a consensual partner sign non disclosure agreements. Wonder if my gf would sign one

  56. Once upon a time, Kellen Winslow & Darren Sharper were thought of as ‘model’ citizens too…

  57. I hope Watson eventually gets on the field again. It will be fun to pull against him and boo him.

  58. Let me remind all of you… innocent until proven…ah hell, nevermind! Bye bye D-Shawn

  59. There are smarter ways to go about getting some no strings play but, having sex is legal, and asking for consent is legal. If he went further than that like exposing himself or worse, he should be a goner.

  60. Why didn’t he just go to the same massage parlor as Robert craft? Would of saved him a ton of money in the long run.

  61. I assume a lot of this was sold as quid pro quo: have sex and get another gig in the future. The masseuse industry has always been a quasi shadow world. Unless connected to a professional office, it often is not as a legit enterprise.

  62. I’ve had two legit massages in my life at hotels in Asia. Both times the masseuse asked if I wanted “extra”. I declined both times.

    This is so common that I find it absurd anyone does not know it is the norm, not the exception.

    Also, I did not think this required me to complain or file a lawsuit.

  63. Prostitution is consensual. Why do posters still believe the Texans should have fleeced the bears? The bears would have backed out of any trade before the new league year. Like the Rams/Detroit trade wasn’t official until the new league year, along with Wentz and the colts.

  64. I think that Watson should cross football off of his “to do” list. I highly doubt that all 22 consented.

  65. MuzzerFuzzer says:
    April 9, 2021 at 6:57 pm
    Why didn’t he just go to the same massage parlor as Robert craft? Would of saved him a ton of money in the long run.

    6 0 Rate This

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    Good point. Everyone knows where you go for consensual sex post massage and where you don’t.

    Sexual assault is sexual assault. Consent is consent.l between 2 adults.

    No consent here. Get it?

  66. darrel305 says:
    April 9, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    Matt Gaetz still has his job.

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    So does Sniffy Joe.

  67. theconfluence says:
    April 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve had two legit massages in my life at hotels in Asia. Both times the masseuse asked if I wanted “extra”. I declined both times.

    This is so common that I find it absurd anyone does not know it is the norm, not the exception.

    Also, I did not think this required me to complain or file a lawsuit.

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    Hate to burst your bubble, but those were NOT legit massages…

  68. Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Epstein, [insert powerful and famous person’s name here who’s been in this same situation] 100% agree with you.

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    Weinstein threatened to kill the careers of women in Hollywood if they didn’t engage sexually with him, Cosby used date rape drugs, Spacey groped young men, and Epstein was a child predator.

    How are any of them the “same situation” as occasionally having consensual relations with a masseuse?

  69. theconfluence says:

    April 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve had two legit massages in my life at hotels in Asia. Both times the masseuse asked if I wanted “extra”. I declined both times.

    This is so common that I find it absurd anyone does not know it is the norm, not the exception.

    Also, I did not think this required me to complain or file a lawsuit

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    There is so much wrong with your statement. 1st off why are you comparing a situation in Asia to what’s happening in America? 2nd it’s not the norm. If it were the norm the spa and situation pertaining to Kraft wouldn’t have been such big news. Does it happen? No doubt but it’s nowhere near the “norm” as that would say 51% or more businesses operate that way. 3rd your supposed situation, which I doubt, and Watsons are 2 completely different things and its appalling you dont see that and I feel sorry for any woman who’s ever been in your life from your mom to any(doubtfut) girlfriends.

  70. Wow, im sure Deshuan is glad that his lawyer is talking . Open and shut case, throw away the key.

  71. Now that the real names are out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a string of witnesses that say that one or more of these massage therapists offered extra services for extra money. This is already an ugly story but it could easily get a whole lot uglier.

  72. Just because I begged doesn’t mean it wasn’t consensual
    Oh! I’m here all week, tip your server

  73. sammyias says:

    April 9, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Prostitution is consensual. Why do posters still believe the Texans should have fleeced the bears? The bears would have backed out of any trade before the new league year. Like the Rams/Detroit trade wasn’t official until the new league year, along with Wentz and the colts.
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    Well the likelihood of the Bears backing out actually at the time of the 1st accusation would have been slim. A timeline of events show the 1st Watson accusation being made public March 16th with the NFL new league year starting March 17th. So it’s easy to say now that after 22 accusations they would back out but at the time it was 1 case and considering all teams propensity to give talented players multiple chances I doubt they would have backed out.

  74. golions1 says:

    April 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Now that the real names are out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a string of witnesses that say that one or more of these massage therapists offered extra services for extra money. This is already an ugly story but it could easily get a whole lot uglier.
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    So now your victim blaming and making a sweeping demeaning generalization about them? Is there any wonder why they didnt want their names released to the public and people like you.

  75. charliecharger says:

    April 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    100% perfectly legal.

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    No surprise but as always your wrong. Solicitation of prostitution is illegal.

  76. From what I’m reading, there are many out there who don’t understand the difference between rape and being a toad. Not saying what Watson was doing was right. It most certainly was stupid. Does not make him the violent criminal that all those so quick to condemn him suggest.

  77. grippscribbles says:
    April 9, 2021 at 7:38 pm
    Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Epstein, [insert powerful and famous person’s name here who’s been in this same situation] 100% agree with you.

    ——————————————————————

    Weinstein threatened to kill the careers of women in Hollywood if they didn’t engage sexually with him, Cosby used date rape drugs, Spacey groped young men, and Epstein was a child predator.

    How are any of them the “same situation” as occasionally having consensual relations with a masseuse?

    ———————————————————————-

    Ummm….at least at one point, they all said what they did was consensual?

  78. If true, I wonder what the penalty will be. The NFL has made an art form of the meaningless six game suspension. If Paul Hornung and Alex Karras can get a year suspension for gambling, that should be a starting point here. Want to stop these things from happening in the NFL? Take away the livelihoods of the players who commit these offenses.

    A secondary issue is that the Watson story upends what so many fans were yearning for: for a player to dictate terms to management in the NFL, the way so many players do in the NBA. The idea of Watson controlling what happens with the Texans is now out the window. So the case has other, but not inconsequential, implications.

  79. Sunday Swami says:
    April 9, 2021 at 7:53 pm
    golions1 says:

    April 9, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Now that the real names are out, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a string of witnesses that say that one or more of these massage therapists offered extra services for extra money. This is already an ugly story but it could easily get a whole lot uglier.
    ——-
    So now your victim blaming and making a sweeping demeaning generalization about them? Is there any wonder why they didnt want their names released to the public and people like you.

    A couple of things: 1) If they did actually offer extra services for money, they aren’t victims. 2) There are a lot of massage therapists that offer extra services for extra money. 3)If they would do that for a little money, is it a stretch to think they might lie to make a lot of money? 4) “People like me” aren’t blaming the victim, merely pointing out the ugly process of litigation which is ugly because of both creeps and liars.

  80. theconfluence says:

    April 9, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve had two legit massages in my life at hotels in Asia. Both times the masseuse asked if I wanted “extra”. I declined both times.

    This is so common that I find it absurd anyone does not know it is the norm, not the exception.

    Also, I did not think this required me to complain or file a lawsuit
    ===============
    This attitude makes it clear why these women did not report this activity immediately. Sadly, many men believe that getting a massage will lead to sex. Some of those men are police and prosecutors.

  81. I am not a lawyer, but I dont understand Watson’s lawyer would say that in a press conference. just my opinion, but the statement hurts much more than it helps.

  82. People keep wondering if Watson will ever play again, and they keep forgetting the Eagles are in the league.

  83. Knowledge is not your enemy. It allows you to have an informed opinion about what actually goes on in this imperfect world of ours. Or prefect world, depending on your world view. If you want to know about what happens when you get a massage, pick out ten message therapists in your area and pay them a visit. See how many offer extra’s. Like knowledge in general, it can be very eye opening. I could sit here and say I’ve been offered extra’s at nine out of ten places, or I could say it was zero out of ten, and you wouldn’t know if I was lying or telling the truth. I know of massage therapists that have given thousands of extra’s and not once called the cops. I can’t say anything about the women accusing Watson, but there are lots of things going on at massage parlors, and it’s all consensual.

  84. Many are missing the point that this isn’t a prostitution issue or necessarily a criminal one. Rather, it’s harassment and inappropriate conduct. At best, it sounds like Watson hired numerous masseuses hoping to get sex, behaved inappropriately to get it, some agreed and consented, some consented unwillingly, and others refused. This explanation makes him look worse.

  85. Maybe some of you “jail house” lawyer’s can explain this enigma…. If Watson raped these women, then what would be the purpose of him having them sign a non disclosure agreement? Wouldn’t he just do it?? Also, why would they sign it? No police report was filed? Hmmmm.

  86. I’m sorry so you admit these massages ended in some sexual encounters out of the bunch. You also have 22+ women saying things went too far. I do not believe Watsons side of this as told by counsel at all anymore doesn’t even come close to holding water so many holes.

  87. The guys in the comments that never realized this whole time that ‘masseuse that would fly across the country to you and stay at a hotel room you got them’ was code for prostitute….dudes are you thick?

  88. So “consenual” sex with all 22 women,and he paid each one? Last time I checked,that’s called soliciting prostitution,which is a crime. Not looking good for him.

  89. The mistake Watson made was to use this method to have sex with women. It’s still a form of prostitution being that it’s illegal. Even if the sex was consensual, it’s still stupid to put yourself in this situation knowing the climate we live in today. There are many NFL guys doing the same thing with the sex and massages, they just have not done this to the extreme as Watson has done so. Many of these woman provide these types of sexual benefits. I just wanted to see if any of them refused the service or refused the money. I

  90. Is it a sickness? A successful young man, single, a lot of good qualities. There must have been a thousand women who would have been willing to date him.

  91. fanindenial says:
    April 9, 2021 at 8:48 pm
    admitting to sex during these encounters was a bad move

    I guarantee the only reason he did that was because there must be text messages out there confirming he had sex.

  92. This was predictable.

    “Complete denial as an extortion attempt” and now the good’ol “it was consensual sex”.

  93. The longer this goes on, the deeper the hole gets. Deshaun just needs to stop talkin’ and start writing checks to make this magically disappear. Settlements are basically admissions of guild without coming right out and saying I’m guilty, but if he fools around with his self inflicted situation too much, he might end up unemployed, broke, and sitting in a jail cell.

  94. From reading all these comments, it appears the tide of public opinion has turned against Watson. His lawyer isn’t doing him any favors. I’m very disappointed because I thought Watson was a great QB and person. Well apparently I was wrong about the “great person.” I know Watson won’t be playing QB for Houston this year and now the question is, will he ever play in the NFL again? I think, before training camps start, DeShaun will be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. What a shame but he brought it on himself. Houston doesn’t appear to have a first or second round draft pick so I think this Watson thing is going to sink them further into the NFL abyss.

  95. Classic behavior. 1st say you are being extorted because you are famous and these massages 3x per week chosen through DMs were innocent and completely normal, and that NOTHING happened. 2nd When that doesn’t work and more accusers come forward, continue to claim YOU are the real victim, and racism is the root of these accusations. 3rd Admit you did have consensual relations with some of them, but other than that everyone else is lying. 4th Settle these cases and get back to earning $25 million per year

  96. “admitting to sex during these encounters was a bad move”

    It sure does sound bad. However, if you are going to plant a seed of doubt in a juror or the person suing you, making it a “he said/she said” defense may make things more difficult for the plaintiffs. He wasn’t going to take the 5th, and he wasn’t going to perjure himself by saying there was no sex. This defense is probably the only option he had. I think he will settle out of court with them, and the NFL is going to blast him to pieces with a fine and suspension.

  97. While what Watson did may not have been illegal, it was profoundly stupid.

    Even if we believe that he had consensual sex with some of those women, it put him in this position. Did anyone at the Texans ever talk to Watson about protecting himself and not doing stupid things that will put him at risk of something exactly like this?

    Even if Watson never assaulted any of these women, he is still going to pay the price. A potential Hall of Fame career is going up in smoke.

  98. Hardin’s admission of consensual sex with masseuses was a well-timed way of avoiding this fact inevitably coming out and distracting the public/a jury’s perception of this case later. It was inevitable that prior consensual acts were going to come out so the best way to handle it is to get them out now, and control the message: Consensual sex — even if money was exchanged — is not sexual assault. If the evidence backs that up in a civil trial Hardin/Watson will win.

  99. “Even if we believe that he had consensual sex with some of those women, it put him in this position. Did anyone at the Texans ever talk to Watson about protecting himself and not doing stupid things that will put him at risk of something exactly like this?”

    I’m no legal expert, but isn’t paying someone for consensual sex soliciting prostitution? I’m assuming he paid for the massages, which ended up in sex. Isn’t that illegal? Maybe it isn’t?

  100. If Watson wanted to pay for consensual sex, he should have hired an escort, or been clear in his Instagram messages that he was looking to go on a date/hook up. Nobody would care and nobody would sue because they knew the arrangement from the get-go.

    Instead, he lied about needing a massage to get these women into a vulnerable position — in his house, with him naked. Even better to pick someone who isn’t even a masseuse — they’ll be flustered just trying to not piss off a famous athlete.

    It’s pretty hard to think clearly when someone powerful flips the tables on you like that. And it’s sad that so many people here think that every masseuse is a part-time sex worker.

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