Deshaun Watson declines to comment on the recent New York Times report

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During his introductory press conference with the Browns, quarterback Deshaun Watson answered multiple questions about the then-22 lawsuits pending against him. Since then, the Browns have not made him available to reporters.

On Wednesday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press asked Watson about the Tuesday report from Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times, which among others things explained that Watson had massages from at least 66 women over a 17-month period. Watson declined comment.

Watson said he preferred that any statements come from his agent, David Mulugheta, or his lawyer, Rusty Hardin.

The exchange underscores the general awkwardness surrounding Watson as more and more negative developments emerge regarding his situation. From two new lawsuits to unfortunate public comments from Hardin attempting to normalize “happy endings” during massages to the Times report to the news that the Texans will be added as defendants to the pending cases to the possibility of more civil actions and, in theory, fresh criminal complaints, things are getting worse for Watson, not better.

As the offseason program moves toward a conclusion, the league has some big decisions to make before the Browns open training camp. And if Watson is at camp, the team will have some big decisions to make about when he’ll be available to reporters. Even if his standard response will be to decline to answer such questions, that won’t stop such questions from being asked.

18 responses to “Deshaun Watson declines to comment on the recent New York Times report

  1. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Watson on the Commissioner’s list prior to training camp- and a full year suspension, which could be extended as more facts and details become known.

  2. That’s roughly one massage per week. That’s probably normal for a professional athlete. Nice use of statistics though, it wouldn’t sound like a big deal if it read “66 massages over a period of 510 days”

  3. I’m thinking having the entire Watson camp clam up is the best strategy. Because every time they open their mouths, they’re just digging deeper.

  4. This is getting weird, like when everyone was admitting to taking steroids in baseball but Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were like Nah we didn’t. Everyone knows your guilty Deshaun lol.

  5. Considering the Train load of baggage , is Watson worth all this trouble ? Has he won a playoff game ?

  6. And there could be up to 42 more lawsuits coning! LOL

    The Browns never fail to show why they are the Mistake on the Lake!

  7. When The New York Times is interested in a sports story, every news entity is interested. More details to follow. More stories to follow. Lots and lots of doors being knocked on every day. What new stuff will we learn in the weeks and months to come?

  8. Norseman says:
    June 8, 2022 at 7:21 pm
    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Watson on the Commissioner’s list prior to training camp- and a full year suspension, which could be extended as more facts and details become known.

    Commissioner’s list is for criminal cases. His case is civil, which means the only punishment he’ll see is violation of the PCP, which so far has been at most 8 games.

  9. redright8167 says:
    June 8, 2022 at 7:41 pm
    That’s roughly one massage per week. That’s probably normal for a professional athlete. Nice use of statistics though, it wouldn’t sound like a big deal if it read “66 massages over a period of 510 days”

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    Not 66 massages. 66 different massage therapists, all different women. When I found a massage therapist that did a good job, I didn’t keep looking for someone different. I scheduled another session.

  10. The Browns need Baker more than Baker needs the Browns. Baker is an above average QB, the Browns should have allowed him to get healthy and kept building the team around him instead of in trusting their future to a pervert.

  11. I liked the tweet the other day that the NY Times did the Watson investigation that the Browns should have done.

  12. I am pretty sure that both the N.Y. Times and HBO’s Real Sports did a lot more investigating than the Cleveland Browns. The only difference is that Watson didn’t refuse to talk to Cleveland and Cleveland didn’t refuse to hear what they wanted to hear from Watson.

  13. Here’s my question: The Browns clearly didn’t “investigate” anything – Haslam just wanted to make a big splash to show how he “knows what he’s doing”. But, if the Texans weren’t forthcoming with information regarding Watson’s “lifestyle”, and knew Watson was involved with that massage parlor, could the Watson deal be nullified?

    Not that the Browns deserve that. Haslam decided that whatever Watson had done, he was OK with it. It’s as simple as that. And this awful decision is now coming home to roost.

    This is like hiring an alcoholic as a school bus driver, and then being surprised when people complain.

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