Why did Deshaun Watson have an NDA from the Houston Texans?
From NDAs provided by his former team to the offering of failed settlements, Deshaun Watson appears to have tried varying tactics to hide his sinister actions.
With more and more details continuing to emerge regarding the sexual misconduct of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, the allegations being leveled against him are beginning to look more plausible.
Did Deshaun Watson do more than he is accused of doing?
Over the course of the last week, two additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct in the growing case against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson is now being sued by a total of 24 women, all of whom have accused him of some form - verbal or physical - of misconduct. Their depositions along with a number of interviews have formed the basis for what is becoming a very serious case that has been brought against the Browns’ player.
With that said, there are now a new allegations that has arisen, namely that the number of massage therapists that Watson used was higher than previously believed; that Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, provided him with a membership to a hotel where some of the massages took place; that a Texans employee provided Watson with a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that Watson later used for his appointments; and last but not least that multiple women who did not sue Watson or go to the police with their allegations, also allege acts of sexual misconduct by Watson during their massages that are consistent in nature with those alleged by women who did in fact sue and/or report to police. This according to a New York Times article which goes on to disclose that Watson booked appointments with at least 66 massage therapists over a 17-month period from the fall 2019 to spring 2021. That number is in direct contrast to the number that Watson previously stated when he said he hired around 40 massage therapists during his five seasons in the NFL.
Deshaun Watson claimed he wanted to “support black business”
In a seemingly sinister twist it now appears that Deshaun Watson tried to solicit massages from various women using the cover of wanting to support black businesses. In one specific case highlighted in the Times, a woman who claimed to be part of Watson’s social circled alleged that the Browns’ QB contact her via Instagram after she became a massage therapist. According to her statement, Watson asked her for an appointment, and as they tried to schedule a time, Watson claimed he was “Just tryna support black businesses.” This is important to note as it matches a statement given by another plaintiff earlier this week who alleged that Watson told her that he “really wanted to support” Black businesses.
NDAs, The Texans and Deshaun Watson’s cover up
With the notion that Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans gave Watson membership access to a hotel - The Houstonian - where several of the inappropriate encounters took place, immediate focus was placed on the franchise. Fortunately for the team, however, Watson himself admitted - according to the Times - that the Texans were not aware, “that I know of,” that he used the hotel for massages. When Watson asked the previously mentioned woman to meet him at said hotel, she declined via a text message in which she cited the fact that she knew Watson’s girlfriend and wanted to keep things “keep things “professional and respectful.”
“Oh most definitely always professional,” Watson replied. “I even have a NDA I have therapist sign too.” His reference to an NDA was the result of having received one just days earlier from Brent Naccara, a former Secret Service agent who is the Texans’ director of security. It is understood that the NDA was given to Watson back in November 2020 in the wake of Instagram posts from Nia Smith - one of the 24 aforementioned plaintiffs who sued Watson last week. Smith’s post contained messages from Watson’s phone number as well as CashApp receipts and the message “I could really expose you.”
Deshaun Watson apparently pressed for sexual encounters
If there is one thing that has become clearer and clearer according to the varying statements given by the women involved in Deshaun Watson’s case, it’s that the Browns player repeatedly pressed for some form of sexual act once he was alone with them. One whom who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect her privacy, disclosed that she began the session with Watson by working on his back, however, when he turned over he began to aggressively demand where he wanted to be touched, before finally asking her to massage between his testicles and anus. She alleged that at that point she laughed off Watson’s request, but he proceeded to grab her by her rest an then forcefully placed her hand there. The woman in question also admitted that on two occasions Watson initiated sexual intercourse and that she did in fact allow him to do so citing a previous history with the Browns’ quarterback. “I just didn’t know how to tell him no,” she said.
Deshaun Watson doesn’t think he’s at fault
Though Watson has since admitted to having consensual sex with at least three of the women that he hired as massage therapists, has held firmly to the idea that he has done nothing wrong. One of Watson’s attorneys even recently said that her client had “no regrets because he did nothing wrong.” Incidentally the NFL’s independent investigation is yet to return its findings, however, league commissioner Roger Goodell has stated that the official probe into Watson’s situation will be factoring in all recent developments.