Aaron Wilson acknowledges “lack of sensitivity” to “serious nature” of allegations against Deshaun Watson

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If the aftermath of the news that the Houston Chronicle has parted ways with NFL reporters Aaron Wilson over comments he made on a Boston radio station regarding the Deshaun Watson situation, Wilson has issued a statement via social media.

I made a mistake that I fully understand and own when I did not choose my words nearly carefully enough during a discussion on a March 19 radio program regarding the sensitive, complex and controversial Deshaun Watson legal situation, in the days following the initial filing of the civil lawsuits from women against him,” Wilson wrote. “My efforts to convey perspectives on the situation clearly demonstrated an unintentional lack of sensitivity to the serious nature of these type of allegations, and I sincerely apologize for my remarks. I didn’t maintain my own high standards that I’ve established and applied during my two decades covering many other similarly important and delicate situations in the NFL. I will proceed much more carefully going forward and learn from this moment. I am committed to outstanding journalism now and always.”

It’s unclear why Wilson’s separation from employment came three weeks after the comments were made, or whether other factors influenced the decision, beyond the March 19 remarks.

In the appearance on WEEI, Wilson called the lawsuits a “money grab” and “ambulance chasing.” He also attempted to explain Watson’s approach to pre-litigation settlement efforts by saying “you don’t negotiate with terrorists.” After being accused during the interview of being pro-Watson, Wilson said, “I don’t know them, I know him. I’m not gonna throw the guy under the bus before I have some proof. I don’t feel like I have the proof, just it’s allegations.”

In all, 22 women have sued Watson for misconduct during private massage sessions. Watson has denied wrongdoing. On Friday, his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, admitted that consensual sex sometimes occurred during those encounters.

35 responses to “Aaron Wilson acknowledges “lack of sensitivity” to “serious nature” of allegations against Deshaun Watson

  1. All that was required to a long time employee was a 2-4 week suspension (without pay) … that’s what a decent employer would have done ..

  2. Not a fireable offense period. Cancel culture is taking over our lives use commmon sense.

  3. He should not have been fired for one incident, unless this was a pattern.

  4. Nobody can point to any proof as of now. Accusing the plaintiffs of being gold diggers is a reasonable position to have right or wrong. It is adding insult to injury that he now has apologized. Cancel culture 2….. society …..0.

  5. “Sued Watson for misconduct” and the reporter and family man fired for an “unintentional lack of sensitivity”.

    So the takeaway is: Be very nice to everyone all the time or you’re next.

    We’re literally becoming like the old song “Home on the range”…..

    “Where never is heard, a discouraging word, and the deer and the antelope play”

    But i guess if the deer and the antelope play too much they’ll get sued, too.

  6. “Not a fireable offense period. Cancel culture is taking over our lives use commmon sense.”

    There is no such thing as a cancel culture. It is merely a catch phrase employed by those who believe that offensive language, symbols, and actions should continue to exist.

    If eliminating things such as the Redskins nickname and Chief Wahoo are actually examples of a “cancel culture”, we need more cancel culture.

  7. He temporarily lost any sense of professionalism he had.
    He was going strictly off of his emotions. Watson is his friend, and he should have specified he was speaking not as a professional reporter, but as buddy of the accused.
    Still, it wasn’t a good look to call women accusing someone of sexual assault “terrorists”.
    Oh, well…he can go start a blog or a podcast now and he doesn’t have to have any pretense of objectivity.

  8. He didn’t say what alot of other people aren’t thinking…shouldn’t have lost his job.

  9. To me it’s simple its either Watson is a criminal or he is not. If he sexually assaulted these women then he needs to be prosecuted end of story. But because these allegations were made public from a lawyer who wanted a I sway public opinion that he damage is done. If Deshaun into some weird stuff yes but if you don’t know how most of these pro athletes get then you should start doing some research. With that said there just too many women who filed lawsuits to be overlooked, however we the main question is why didn’t they go to the police? This a isn’t an issue where crime is pass the statue of limitations, charges can still be filed. With that said this new ruling requires a them too reveal their identities so I’m curious to see who will file suit. My opinion this will get settle because if they file charges, phone records, text messages and social media records will be summoned by Watsons lawyers and that’s were things will get interesting.

  10. It’s easy to give an opinion, a lot harder to take it back.

    “Wait and see” may not be easy, but it’s prudent.

  11. gibson45 says:
    April 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    If eliminating things such as the Redskins nickname and Chief Wahoo are actually examples of a “cancel culture”, we need more cancel culture.
    ==============
    SO you would fully support the dismissal of Carlton Davis from the NFL?

  12. He should not have taken sides and he do so in a gross manner. Decision to fire is justified.

  13. curtis20 says: “Not a fireable offense period. Cancel culture is taking over our lives use commmon sense.”
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    Really? Attacking 24 victims of sexual assault is okay for a SPORTS reporter? He was doing it as a representative of the Houston Chronicle, not some anonymous comment section like here or his personal blog.

    Making excuses using inflammable words “cancel culture” is just weak. Millenials like you need to learn to be ACCOUNTABLE for all your words and actions.

  14. I don’t like to wish ill will on others, but these people in the comments supporting this cancel culture or saying it doesn’t exist are completely out of touch. And clearly they are perfect human beings, so I can’t wait for the day they slip up and learn some humility when the cancel culture goes after them. Then I bet they’ll be a little more understanding at these knee jerk reactions ruining society.

  15. He abandoned every shred of professionalism he used to have. If he wants to go around espousing opinion like a blogger then I suggest he take advantage of this situation and become a blogger.

    Yet another example of a journalist letting their bias and personal opinions get in the way.

  16. Less sensitivity and more people saying what they feel, just keep hammering at it. At some point they’ll just give up that generation is real weak.

  17. Not having empathy or even neutrality when it comes to sexual trauma victims should be no tolerance – this isn’t about being politically correct, this is about being insensitive to a topic that’s been shown through our culture to have historical societal insensitivity– his firing was just

  18. gibson45 says:
    April 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm
    “Not a fireable offense period. Cancel culture is taking over our lives use commmon sense.”

    There is no such thing as a cancel culture. It is merely a catch phrase employed by those who believe that offensive language, symbols, and actions should continue to exist.

    If eliminating things such as the Redskins nickname and Chief Wahoo are actually examples of a “cancel culture”, we need more cancel culture.

    32 266 Rate This

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    Doesn’t look like too many people agree with you

  19. melravensfan says:
    April 10, 2021 at 4:52 pm
    All that was required to a long time employee was a 2-4 week suspension (without pay) … that’s what a decent employer would have done
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    Search the internet fot his photo, it will provide he “why”.

  20. gibson45 says:
    April 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm
    “Not a fireable offense period. Cancel culture is taking over our lives use commmon sense.”

    There is no such thing as a cancel culture. It is merely a catch phrase employed by those who believe that offensive language, symbols, and actions should continue to exist.

    If eliminating things such as the Redskins nickname and Chief Wahoo are actually examples of a “cancel culture”, we need more cancel culture.

    32 266 Rate This

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    Doesn’t look like too many people agree with you
    _____________

    That’s to be expected, given the leanings of the typical comment voter here. It is actually fun, and helpful, to expose the people who support racist and sexist phrases and symbols.

    Nevertheless, the outlier number of votes on my original comment show that someone put out the word on radical sites to come here and downvote the comment. This used to happen frequently on the old HardballTalk site prior to Craig Calcaterra being let go.

  21. If only our news corporations had the integrity of the Houston Chronicle. If they had the same standards then most of the “journalists “ would be unemployed for explicit bias. Cancel culture is out of control, but it’s decidedly one sided. If this reporter had come down hard in favor of the accusers, he’d still have a job.

  22. Oh man, look out. Big bad cancel culture gonna get ya!

    God forbid people actually be held accountable for their words and actions. Society would be better if professional journalists could just spew whatever they want, right?

  23. gibson45 says:
    April 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    If eliminating things such as the Redskins nickname and Chief Wahoo are actually examples of a “cancel culture”, we need more cancel culture.
    ==============
    SO you would fully support the dismissal of Carlton Davis from the NFL?
    _______________

    If Carlton Davis was dismissed from the NFL, said dismissal would have nothing to do with any “cancel culture”. Rather, it be because he used an anti-Asian slur that all decent people know should never be uttered.

    Of course, the people who rant about cancel culture support Davis’s use of that slur, just as they support the use the “n” word. The people who complain about cancel culture want the freedom to unfettered use of offensive language and symbols.

  24. It’s easy to say he should be fired but if you made a mistake you would hope/wish for grace and forgiveness. What he said was stupid but he shouldn’t lose his job over it. We should all hope we are not next.

  25. Carlton Davis should not lose his job for that comment.
    But he should be taught why what he said was wrong.

  26. My guess is the terrorist comment was what really did him in.
    But let’s me honest, if he went off in the same manner regarding Watson being guilty he would have been fired too

  27. Newspaper had to do it. He knew it. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get cancelled.

  28. Omg someone saying cancel culture doesn’t exist and then calling someone who believes it exists a millennial is all too funny. To me Watson has a very twisted fetish and it seems that he was essentially fishing for sex while on a massage table.

  29. A Texans fan site about ran an article similar to this take during this same time frame but the editor would not let it be published. The editor took a lot of heat but more than likely saved the jobs of a few of his writers.

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