SJ - May 17, 2022
Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly admitted during a pretrial deposition last week that one of his accusers cried at the end of their massage session. Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 22 accusers, told USA Today that Watson admitted under oath that Ashley Solis was left in tears after their session.
According to Solis, Watson touched her with his penis during a massage session at her house back in 2020. Watson reportedly sent her a text message afterwards apologizing for making her feel uncomfortable.
From USA Today:
The deposition last week was taken on behalf of the therapist, Ashley Solis, the first of 22 women who have sued Watson and accused him of similar sexual misconduct during massage sessions from early 2020 to March 2021. The encounter with Solis came on March 30, 2020, in her home in the Houston area.
“But you know why you sent that text apology afterwards?” Buzbee asked Watson during the deposition last week, according to a partial transcript obtained by USA TODAY Sports.
“Yes, because she was teary-eyed,” Watson replied. “And I was trying to figure out what was going on. So, I assumed that she was uncomfortable in whatever reason. And we talked about working in the future. And so, I said, `We can work in the future. Just let me know.’ And then I sent my apologies as whatever reason she was teary-eyed for.”
A significant suspension seems likely given how the NFL has handled these types of situations in the past. They've taken the decision out of commissioner Roger Goodell's hands, but it's not likely the league's investigation doesn't end with a suspension.
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