Derrick Deshaun Watson is an American football quarterback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Look that up, at least for now. The recent developments of sexual assault allegations against him may prove to be consequential, and here are reasons why!
Avid sports fans particularly the NFL fraction will be conversant with the fact as laid up above. It all started when trade rumors involving him out of the Texans. To date, 22 women had come out accusing him of sexually assaulting and/or harassing them. It may be irking but it really is happening. The very recent development is somewhat consequential as it turns these fiascos into a whole new level. Ashley Solis, the first woman to accuse Deshaun comes out and so officially. You cannot overlook that.
Ashley Solis, the very first woman to accuse Deshaun said she was assaulted and traumatized when she tried to give Deshaun a massage in March 2020. This woman, Solis has chosen to publicly identify herself for the first time. With this, she did mention “seeking justice”. She did state she is not just seeking for herself but all “survivors” at the press conference.
She further stated she suffers from panic attacks, anxiety, depression and is no longer comfortable working as a massage therapist. It really is not easy to stay indifferent about how all these have panned out so far if you had been indifferent. One could say she is ready for this.
EFFECTS THUS FAR
Moving on from these facts stated and explained above, developments had happened through sports and endorsements most importantly Nike. The sports giant suspended its endorsement deal with the young QB amid the sexual assault and inappropriate behavior allegations. Nike did have this to say on breaking the news of the suspension:
We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.
This is only a start as one could imagine.
Consequently, in addition to the Nike suspension, the relationship he shares with his fans will also take a hit. Some may question Deshaun’s integrity and overall morality as this goes on. A few weeks ago he was feeling the fame of a star trade rumor fast-forward to now and how quickly things change for him as the allegations persist
Deshaun’s Attorney, did brand these allegations together with the other 21 suits against his client meritless and questioned the claims against Watson. He alleged Ashley’s claims were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client for $30,000 (£21,701). It’s not so far-fetched to utter a statement of interest of a client when you’re a lawyer as I’m one myself- this the norm.
In furtherance to this, he’s maintained his innocence because Watson has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and Rusty Hardin, whose law firm is representing Watson, said last month that he believes:
Any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false. (We will) fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department
Houston owner Cal McNair said the franchise is taking the allegations of sexual assault surrounding franchise quarterback Watson “very seriously”. In a recent letter to season ticket-holders, he updated fans on Texans’ standing amid offseason dilemma involving their best player. He stated that they express a strong “stance against any form of sexual assault”. It’s clear to see where they stand.
One thing is for sure, this tilts his career in an unprecedented direction. At this point, football fans can only wait and anticipate for Deshaun Watson’s case to unfold. You have to understand this, it’s definitely going to end. You may ask yourself: is this truly the beginning of an end to Deshaun Watson’s career?