BEREA, Ohio —Tuesday, he reiterated that he was innocent of the many allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct in massage sessions. However, the While quarterback reiterated that he had no regrets over any of his actions and admitted that he did regret the effect the allegations had had on people around him,
Watson admitted that he does regret some of the negative effects it had on the community, and other people than himself. Watson said, “And that includes my entire family. That includes the entire organization. My teammates in this locker-room have to answer these same questions. It also includes the Cleveland Browns fan base. This includes all people, males and females, from anywhere in the world. One thing I regret is the effect it has on so many people. It's difficult to have to cope with.”
Watson was the victim of two additional civil lawsuits. These lawsuits bring the total number active civil suits against Watson for inappropriate sexual conduct in massage sessions to 24.
Tony Buzbee is the attorney representing Watson's women.Two other women have filed lawsuits against the quarterback. Buzbee explained that an Atlanta lawyer referred one of them to Buzbee, and the other woman reached back after watching the HBO Real Sports story about Watson.
The New York Times reported that Watson had booked appointments with at most 66 women in 17 months. This was from fall 2019 to spring 2021. The list of 65 included 24 women who had filed lawsuits against Watson; one woman who sued Watson and then withdrew it; two women who brought criminal complaints against Watson, but did not sue; at minimum 15 therapists who made statements of support for Watson upon his lawyers' request; at least four therapists were part of the contract with Watson.Identified five women by the plaintiffs’ lawyers during the investigation into their civil suits. At least 15 other women were confirmed to have been appointed by Watson through interviews and records reviewed.
Several additional women spoke for the Times publicly. Watson did not file a lawsuit or complain to police about the incident. However, one woman told The Times that Watson was persistent in asking for sexual acts during their massage.
Watson, during his initial news conference on March 25, stated that he had no regrets about any of his actions during massage sessions. Watson maintained his denial of any wrongdoing Tuesday. “Like you said, no one ever assaulted me,” he stated. I have never harassed anyone. I never disrespected anyone. I have never forced anyone to do anything.”
Although two Texas grand juries declined to bring criminal charges against Watson earlier in the year, the NFL is still investigating the matter and interviewed Watson last month. Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner, said that he felt the NFL was closing in on its investigation but could not give a timeframe for when it might make a decision.
“I cannot control that. They asked me everything. I did it. Watson said that I answered every question the NFL asked of me honestly. I spent hours with the people they brought to my house. All I can do is tell them what happened and be truthful. They have a job, so I have to respect it. We want to cooperate. They must make the best decision for the league.
Watson was asked by Watson if he thought about filing countersuits to defame him because of the damage the lawsuits have done to his reputation. He stated that he hasn't been focusing on that and is just concentrating on clearing his name.
“… “… My main goal is to get my name cleared so I can return, and to be in an environment where I feel most comfortable. That includes being in the community and helping others and being a role model and leader. I also enjoy being on the field with my teammates and trying win games. That's what I haven’t been focusing on. He said that he had cleared his name and was focusing on the right things and being honest with everyone.
Watson was asked how his legal situation affects him. He said that it's been difficult and that he is trying to find a balance between his mental health, social life, and work.
“But, I have a great and supportive family. I have a great legal department. And I'm supported by a lot of people in this organization,” Watson said. Watson said, “I try to do my best every day and keep focused on my task.” “I don't have control over what the other side does with the legal proceedings. I have to continue to be Deshaun Watson for this organization.