Agent from firm representing Deshaun Watson makes a strange comparison

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Ideally, the evaluation and treatment of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will result in an eventual acknowledgment that, despite his claims of innocence, he engaged in misconduct. It becomes more difficult for that to happen, as a practical matter, if he continues to be surrounded by enablers and excuse-makers.

On Thursday, agent David Mulugheta tweeted (and then deleted) an attack on Judge Sue L. Robinson, even though the NFL Players Association tried to persuade the NFL to respect her ruling — and didn’t appeal it.

Also on Thursday, another agent at the same firm, Andre Odom, made a strange comparison of Watson’s situation to another high-profile case of sexual impropriety.

“I see all of the responses and anger regarding the Deshaun Watson ruling,” Odom tweeted. “Fair. I’m curious as to why there was so much silence on the child trafficking case involving [Jeffrey] Epstein, [Ghislaine] Maxwell and others? Where was that anger and outrage? Children matter, too! Where’s the uproar???”

We contacted Odom via text message, providing him an opportunity to elaborate. He did not respond.

Obviously, there wasn’t “silence” in the Epstein case. It was a huge deal. It received significant coverage. Epstein committed suicide in prison. Maxwell was convicted.

Regardless, this isn’t a situation that calls for whataboutism. Watson, according to Judge Robinson, committed four instances of non-violent sexual assault. His decision to accept an 11-game suspension and to pay a $5 million fine, coupled with his ongoing insistence that he did nothing wrong, invites extra scrutiny.

Watson’s best interests, in my opinion, aren’t served by the aggressively stubborn efforts by those who represent him to shout his innocence — and to (at times) challenge members of the media to, for example, focus on the alleged lies and inconsistencies of Watson’s accusers. Watson’s agents and lawyers have had a full and fair chance to do that, both in the court of public opinion and in connection with the 24 civil actions filed against him. Attorney Rusty Hardin has declared that all of the women are lying, while also proclaiming that there’s no crime in trying to finagle a “happy ending” to a massage.

At some point, Watson’s agents need to stop circling the wagons and to start speaking hard truths to Watson. He was never found innocent, by anyone. The prosecutor didn’t want to have to try to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, deferring to the civil justice system and the NFL’s internal procedures. Watson has settled 24 of the cases against him, and he agreed to an unprecedented combination of suspension and fine.

He’ll never get to where he needs to be if he doesn’t admit where he’s been. Everyone deserves a shot at redemption. But they have to want it. Watson, by all appearances, continues to think he doesn’t need it.

Maybe he’ll eventually get there. It becomes much more difficult if those who supposedly represent his best interests continue to fight long after the battle has been lost.

9 responses to “Agent from firm representing Deshaun Watson makes a strange comparison

  1. NFL has only submitted 4 accusations against him for his current suspension. Since double jeopardy doesn’t apply to the other 20 they didn’t… they need to start the process of suspending him for the other 20.

  2. Watson’s behavior is text book sociopathy. Demanding a sociopath to own up and show sincere remorse, is like Demanding a toddler to slam dunk on a 10 ft rim. It’s physically not going to happen.

  3. Why is Robert Kraft in the league? He’s a perverted sex criminal who preys on human trafficking victims.

  4. Before anyone speaks to defend Deshaun first tell us whether you have a daughter and then whether you would want your daughter to give Deshaun a massage.

  5. I believe he was trying to make it about race, like no one cared about what Epstein did because he was white. Which is insane because he was super vilified to the point to where he killed himself.

  6. The Double Jeopardy Clause encompasses four distinct prohibitions: subsequent prosecution after acquittal, subsequent prosecution after conviction, subsequent prosecution after certain mistrials, and multiple punishment in the same indictment. Jeopardy “attaches” when the jury is impanelled, the first witness is sworn, or a plea is accepted.

    Double Jeopardy doesn’t apply to the leagues code of conduct policy. They can still suspend Watson for an extended term if they wish as the settlement contains language that states that he will not be reinstated until completing treatment and evaluation.

  7. I think the most disheartening thing in all of the is the morally bankrupt attitude of Watson, his agent, the Haslam’s, and the NFL, and worse how they seek to justify it. What an awful message this is for all our young sons and brothers …that there are times when it’s totally okay to put aside your integrity and principals, for money, for fame, or “a hell of an NFL quarterback.”

    And so, once again, the task falls to all the good men of the game to save the reputation of the NFL and prove to the world that not everyone in that brotherhood sinks to the lowest common denominator of what it means to be a man.

  8. Any chance he is pretending to be innocent and saying all those things because he still has one case pending? Just wondering if he thinks admission of guilt could be used against him with the one case remaining that didn’t take the payout.

  9. Between Watson, Browns owner Haslam’s and this lawyer remarks, not sure who looks the more arrogant.

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