A media offensive from Deshaun Watson’s camp could be coming

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It may be too little and too late when it comes to reversing the verdict in the court of public opinion. That may not stop Deshaun Watson‘s camp from trying to do just that.

Currently, there are indications that, as soon as next week, Deshaun Watson’s representatives will launch a media offensive aimed at challenging the lingering allegations against him. With 20 cases officially settled, four lawsuits remain — along with the vague notion that more lawsuits could be filed.

Since the first case began, Watson’s camp has been unable to commence or sustain a P.R. strategy that has secured any real traction among the media or the general public. At this point, there’s only one way to make it happen — by releasing smoking-gun excerpts from witness testimony that reveal serious if not fatal flaws in the allegations against Watson.

It’s unknown whether such evidence exists. If it did, it should have been released previously. Regardless, it’s possible if not likely that the next stage in this 16-month saga will include a far more aggressive effort by Watson’s lawyers and agents to fight back.

There’s a distinct sense of optimism for Watson emerging from the three-day disciplinary hearing before Judge Sue L. Robinson, based on the quality of the evidence submitted by the league in support of its quest for a minimum suspension of one year. If Watson doesn’t receive a significant suspension, there will be a strong negative reaction from some. However, there’s a distinct chance that Judge Robinson’s decision will fall far short of the outcome the NFL wants (indefinite suspension of at least one year).

Although any effort to get Watson’s side of the situation out more aggressively should have happened a while ago, especially since attorney Tony Buzbee has been working the media zealously and effectively since Day One, it makes even more sense to do so now. With Judge Robinson’s decision quite possibly being announced as training camps start to open, and given the potentially seismic reaction to a short suspension or none at all, it becomes critical for everyone involved — Watson, the Browns, the league, the NFL Players Association, and even Judge Robinson — for public expectations to be properly managed to account for the possibility that Watson won’t miss much time at all, if any.

Of course, the ultimate vehicle for making the case to the public will be Judge Robinson’s written decision. It needs to be clear, it needs to be logical, it needs to make sense to the average person who reads it. Unless the four remaining cases go to trial, Judge Robinson’s decision will become the only real adjudication of the facts, allegations, and defenses involving Deshaun Watson. Judge Robinson’s decision will be heavily scrutinized, and it will need to be bulletproof — whatever her decision may be.

58 responses to “A media offensive from Deshaun Watson’s camp could be coming

  1. Watson is a scummy individual. Period.
    His lawyer is neither likable nor effective.
    Any P.R. campaign will be a total waste of money.

  2. He could spend all his money on PR and have the Browns spend more but it won’t change how people think about him

  3. No matter what Buzbee may have released up until now, unless there was definitive proof that many of the complainants were just flat-out lying, there was NOTHING he could have done to win the PR war.
    Had he released less conclusive evidence earlier, its effect would surely have been washed over and/or dismissed by now.
    He may have been smart to hold most of his evidence out of the public eye until now. If the news of a relatively lenient sentence and Buzbee’s “big reveal” hit the fans simultaneously, the sentence might seem more reasonable to the average fan.

  4. I see how this works, the media can be judge/jury but the prosecuted need to just be silent. Got it.

  5. If this guy isnt indefinitely suspended, there must be a woman’s rights march to overturn the verdict !

  6. You have mentioned on several occasions the possibility that the judge would rule no punishment for Watson. I find that scenario unlikely. Unless you think the judge is swayed by the lack of punishment for the owners that are supposed to be held to a higher standard. Since she is a lame duck it could be her opportunity to expose the leagues hypocrisy in handing out punishment and Roger would be unable to overrule her…

  7. The need for severe punishment is clear and it needs to come out quick. He needs to disappear. The dude is an embarrassment – to himself and the league.

  8. Here are 20 settled cases for which we don’t know really what happened. Four to come in civil court. Maybe more civil and/or criminal cases to be filed. On the other hand, we have the special treatment given to the owners which contradicts the principle of the Personal Conduct Policy. I’d give him 8 to 12 games suspension, with the possibility of adding more based on the outcome of the 4 civil cases and if new cases are filed.

  9. I don’t recall the NFL being influenced on discipline by public sentiment. They do what they want.

  10. Watson is the new OJ.
    High powered lawyers and corrupt officials may let him off with a slap on the wrist, but public opinion isn’t changing.

  11. All of the media assistance in the world can’t rehabilitate Watson’s image. It’s too late… People are going to think of this situation and the mess that he got himself into when they hear his name going forward. Football will be secondary.

  12. Just because an owner was not punished appropriately for one act, does not mean that the judge will not rule a punishment for Watson for nearly 30. This doesn’t make any logical sense at all. To promote it is foolish as well. You don’t right a wrong by continuing with another wrong. You fix the system by issuing an appropriate punishment this time. Watson is has skated through this entire process and the exception of his reputation, he has gotten away with everything and is still getting paid. He CHOSE to sit out last season and got paid for it. That was not on the Texans, they WANTED him to play. He made that decision himself and that should not count toward his punishment either. This judge needs to do the right thing here and not let this over privileged athlete get away with this or he will continue to prey on Instagram massage therapist city after city. Period.

  13. If smoking-gun excerpts from witness testimony that reveal serious if not fatal flaws in the allegations against Watson exists, that means the Browns Organization knew about it and would have been the main factor in obtaining Watson with this enormous contract. It’s too late. In the court of public opinion, Watson is guilty and the Browns are the laughing stock of the league. People only know what they know from the information they get from the media. If that information is incomplete or spun up to a narrative, it doesn’t really matter what the truth is. Why on earth would ever want to hear what the actual truth? The truth is just simply too boring.

  14. Watson will never be able to change the minds of the Lemmings who have taken the bits and pieces of bait Tony Busbee has fed them over the past year. They have already arrested, prosecuted, judged and executed Watson. However, those who have tried to maintain some semblance of partiality waiting on BOTH sides to come out, will no doubt be relatively surprised at how little evidence other than accusations there truly is.

  15. I think the man is a dirt bag, but why would the NFL and the Browns push him to settle vs. encouraging him to fight to clear his name if he’s innocent (He’s not)? This is all shady. From the Texans NDA’s and enabling Watson to Watson’s actions, it’s all bad. I would not be surprised if he’s suspended a year and fined. The NFLPA try to say time served from last season. Shady games to come! NFFAIL

  16. The owners situation was different. Kraft was caught in an illegal sting operation. There have been no “victims” that have made accusations against Kraft. (Keep in mind, this doesn’t make Kraft a virtuous person)

    There have been 24 separate “victims” making allegations against Watson – with the potential for more to be forthcoming. He has settled 20 of them – but there are 4 still headed to trial.

    It is not an apples to apples comparison.

  17. That’s a really dumb strategy. Watson’s side lost the PR war a long time ago. People are ready to move on.

  18. IMO: Would be a Dumb Move and Mistake for Deshaun to try and execute a “media offensive”. Most people have already made up their minds.

  19. Unless Hardin can produce testimony that proves these women are outright lying, it will be too little too late.

  20. The court of public opinion means nothing.
    People will still go to games, buy his merch etc.

  21. his handlers can’t be that stupid, he’s not a sympathetic figure.

    he needs to take his suspension as be quiet, any efforts to curry favor or position himself as a victim will backfire badly

  22. 1 or 2 cases, maybe. But 22 out of 88 in 1.5 yrs is damning right there. There is no PR case to win as it is unwindable.

  23. dstegesaurus says:
    July 1, 2022 at 10:30 am
    Watson is the new OJ.
    High powered lawyers and corrupt officials may let him off with a slap on the wrist, but public opinion isn’t changing.
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    Don’t compare this situation to OJ’s. OJ’s trial was what it was because of the nature of the crimes, the live media exposure, the corruption and incompetence exhibited during the trial and the extreme racial divide in the country. If you were even living when that trial went down, you would know that this is not the same.

  24. pftancelledme says:
    July 1, 2022 at 10:56 am
    IMO: Would be a Dumb Move and Mistake for Deshaun to try and execute a “media offensive”. Most people have already made up their minds.
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    One could also say it’d be dumb to assume that if they don’t know the facts of the case. At this point, only those who have attended the trials have legitimate grounds to make this judgement.

  25. Would trying to expose contradictions in various victims’ testimony be helpful, or would it make Watson look like an even bigger turd for trying to make his victims look like liars, i.e., victimize them a second time? Public perception of him is about as bad as it can get. And that perception will color the public’s perception of whatever he does next. Maybe best to shut up and lie low?

  26. Can’t wait to see who the next person the media will mount an all out crusade to ruin his/her credibility, without presenting or even knowing the truth…!!!

  27. Guilty before proven innocent. it is amazing how people judge before the facts come out. It is this leftist cancel culture society we are living in, And there are people who are obtuse to the fact this a dangerous precident. i’m not saying Watson is innocent by any means, But i would let this play out before you decide to crucify the man.

  28. I am seriously about done with the NFL over this whole situation. Its insane they let this circus continue to play out and havent even interviewed all of his accusers. The players can do anything to anyone and its viewed as ok in the eyes of the league. At this point even an indefinate suspension is too little. The NFL is as complicit as is watson in this.

  29. browns2022 says:
    July 1, 2022 at 11:17 am
    dstegesaurus says:
    July 1, 2022 at 10:30 am
    Watson is the new OJ.
    High powered lawyers and corrupt officials may let him off with a slap on the wrist, but public opinion isn’t changing.
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    Don’t compare this situation to OJ’s. OJ’s trial was what it was because of the nature of the crimes, the live media exposure, the corruption and incompetence exhibited during the trial and the extreme racial divide in the country. If you were even living when that trial went down, you would know that this is not the same.
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    And people who are paying attention now understand that the only thing the Kraft and Watson situations have in common is the word “massage”.

  30. Public opinion has passed judgement and decided Watson is a “predator” who should be run out of the league. It’s obvious that Watson was engaged in, at the very least, some pretty creepy and frankly, stupid, behavior, but that doesn’t necessarily make him a predator. .I’d think at this point, trying to remove that “predator” label is about the best he can hope for.

  31. I’m disturbed how people don’t seem to understand the difference in an owner engaging in a consensual act with one prostitute that he had a long standing relationship with and a sexual predator who forced himself on scores of different women. Do you think he would be severely punished for being caught with a prostitute or even several? No. There would be no lawsuits, no public outrage and no traumatized victims. Not at all the same nor would they receive the same punishment.

  32. That should be interesting. With social media the way it is he in theory should be crushed by the woke crowd. People have done far less and got worse treatment.

  33. If he gets off with no punishment I will not be watching any NFL games except for my hometown team. I’m too invested to stop watching them but I will not spend another dime on the NFL if that sexual predator goes unpunished.

  34. “I don’t recall the NFL being influenced on discipline by public sentiment.” Ray Rice, Deflategate, Colin Kaepernick – all were judged eventually by public opinion, not the NFL.

  35. What more evidence needs to come out? The facts as we know them is that Watson searched out over 60 massage therapists under the disguise of legitimate massages over a short period of time seeking sexual favors. One of them is as so shaken that she broke down in tears and he sent her a text later apologizing. He also settled with over 20 of them after they all became public. On that alone it should be a minimum of one year and he should not be on the field until the rest wrap up in court.

  36. I tell ya what. You want the true public opinion? Release the details of the 20 settlements!

  37. 10 dollars gets you 20 you’re gonna a hear nothing from Rusty Hardin he doesn’t operate that way.He has said from day one these things should be handled by law enforcement and the courts.

  38. What does an emotional, knee-jerk social justice “seismic reaction” have to do with what is fair and balanced, vs. say, what the league imposed on Robert Kraft, Daniel Snyder, and Jerra Jones? Nobody went to the hospital here…no criminal charges were filed. It’s all hearsay. But the pitchforks and stakeburning keyboard commandos will only be happy if the NFL goes banana republic again with one sided punishments to the players only?

  39. pftancelledme says:
    July 1, 2022 at 10:56 am
    IMO: Would be a Dumb Move and Mistake for Deshaun to try and execute a “media offensive”. Most people have already made up their minds.
    ****************************************************
    I’m reasonably sure he doesn’t give a fat rat’s gluteus that people have made up his/her minds. He just wants to play Football asap and get paid.

  40. Once I saw the count was up to 66 women, I doubt anyone was thinking Innocent. What was Cleveland thinking ?

  41. I’d be curious to know if the settlements contain confidentiality requirements for both him and his alleged victims. It would be quite an underhanded tactic to settle with the alleged victims, bind them to confidentiality agreements, and then trash them once they were bound by silence.

  42. If the NFL provided NO evidence of assault, violence, or even coercion, either there was no evidence to present or the NFL chose not to present it. Of the two possibilities, the former seems more likely than the latter if only because not presenting any evidence would seem to be counter to the NFL’s goal here. But, maybe they didn’t want any more dirty laundry to be leaked than there has already been. But, presenting no evidence weakens the NFL’s case, no? If there was no actual evidence to present, then what is Watson actually guilty of? Having a fetish for young masseuses and hoping for sex with them? Maybe he has poor judgment, but that doesn’t sound like a monster or predator to me. If there is really no actual evidence, then it doesn’t seem like he should get much, if any, suspension. Then this would really be about how social media and others have blown this way out of proportion, making the NFL look bad in the process, and the NFL wants its pound of flesh by taking it out on Watson. Again, it hinges on why no evidence was presented.

  43. I’d sign up for any pay-for-view event that showed Robert Kraft giving his opinion on the matter. The outcome of this being any different than how the NFL disciplined Robert Kraft could bring the NFL to its knees.

  44. “Listen! There’s no proof of anything except this guy’s a sensational athlete!!”

  45. pmars64 says:
    July 1, 2022 at 5:39 pm
    If the NFL provided NO evidence of assault, violence, or even coercion, either there was no evidence to present or the NFL chose not to present it. Of the two possibilities, the former seems more likely than the latter if only because not presenting any evidence would seem to be counter to the NFL’s goal here. But, maybe they didn’t want any more dirty laundry to be leaked than there has already been. But, presenting no evidence weakens the NFL’s case, no? If there was no actual evidence to present, then what is Watson actually guilty of? Having a fetish for young masseuses and hoping for sex with them? Maybe he has poor judgment, but that doesn’t sound like a monster or predator to me. If there is really no actual evidence, then it doesn’t seem like he should get much, if any, suspension. Then this would really be about how social media and others have blown this way out of proportion, making the NFL look bad in the process, and the NFL wants its pound of flesh by taking it out on Watson. Again, it hinges on why no evidence was presented.

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    This

  46. You can’t penalize a guy for being stupid. if that were the case many of us would be in jail…

  47. You and those like you already pronounced him guilty a long time ago. I’m sure there’s nothing that would change your mind.

  48. A lot of people on here seem to think the world is against this guy. They aren’t in fact it’s the opposite too many false claims recently and guys sticking up for themselves. I believe if a woman makes a false claim jail time should be mandatory. And if a male is found guilty the same.

  49. If he gets off with no punishment I will not be watching any NFL games except for my hometown team.
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    If there are 2 teams are in your division that need to lose for your hometown team to make the playoffs, you’ll be watching those games as well. In HD. They call it selective boycotting.

  50. The NFL wont to squat, he will say last year was his suspension. The rich get richer and the poor get screwed over.

  51. dstegesaurus says:
    July 1, 2022 at 10:30 am
    Watson is the new OJ.
    High powered lawyers and corrupt officials may let him off with a slap on the wrist, but public opinion isn’t changing

    ——————-

    Too bad Norm MacDonald (RIP) is gone. His weekly commentary on this would be epic

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