I don’t think that I’m the only one who is both confused and angered by this whole Deshaun Watson situation. If you’re an NFL fan or even just a casual sports fan, you probably know all about the scandal surrounding the former Houston Texans starting quarterback. He is currently facing 22 civil lawsuits from multiple women, accusing him of several counts of sexual misconduct.
According to the NFL website, these suits allege that Watson acted inappropriately with women hired to provide personal services, such as allegedly exposing himself to masseuses, kissing them against their will, touching them with his genitals, and even forcing one to perform oral sex on him. These incidents reportedly occurred between March 2020 and March 2021, according to court documents. Watson and his lawyer have denied these allegations amidst additional investigations by both the police and the NFL.
This is horrible enough in itself. The NFL has neglected to take action against Watson following these multiple allegations, making things even worse. Even though the Texans seem to be pretending that Watson is no longer on their team, he still is, and if they decide to let him go, he has a handful of teams who are interested in signing him, despite these serious allegations.
The Houston Texans seem to be taking this situation with Watson day by day, but head coach David Culley announced earlier this week that Tyrod Taylor will be starting in their first game of the 2021 regular season. He praised Taylor’s work ethic and quiet leadership skills, so he seems to be content with this situation.
Not that it’s exactly a surprise, but the lack of disciplinary action from the NFL and the Texans is quite frustrating, especially in the age of the MeToo movement. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, acknowledged that his client engaged in sexual acts with these women but claimed they were consensual, attacking the women involved by saying they were in it for the money and fame.
I know I’m not a lawyer or a detective, but I think this is all utter nonsense, and I wish I could express my feelings about it using more crass language. This whole situation gives me, “but he’s such a promising young man” vibes, and that’s an argument I’m completely sick of hearing. If Watson is indeed guilty, he should never play football again. I don’t care if he has potential. I don’t care if this “ruins his life and career,” he deserves it if he did indeed treat these 22 women in this abominable way.
The fact that the NFL and the Texans have not taken any disciplinary action against Watson speaks volumes to me. To be fair, no matter how this story ends, it won’t really make much sense. If the NFL suspends Watson after months of silence, that would be weird. If the Texans just bench Watson all season without official disciplinary action, that would be weird too. If the Texans try to trade Watson, that would also be weird.
To put it simply, this scandal surrounding Deshaun Watson is messy, multi-faceted, and complicated. For me, the lack of action from the NFL and Houston Texans is deeply telling, and if the investigation finds Watson guilty, his football career (should be) over. I’m just fed up at this point.