Deshaun Watson’s Accusers Describe Meeting With NFL as “Patronizing” and “Victim-Blaming”

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SJ - August 14, 2021

Two of Deshaun Watson's accusers, Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley, have met with NFL investigators.  Those meeting have been described as "patronizing" and "victim-blaming."

During the meetings with the NFL the women were asked what they were wearing when giving Watson a massage.

From SI:

“This woman asked me what I was wearing, which honestly really pissed me off,” Solis told Sports Illustrated in what was her first interview with a media outlet. “She explained that that’s something that she has to ask—which I don’t believe at all. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be wearing that would suggest that I don’t want you to put your penis on my hand. Do I need to wear a turtleneck?”

While Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney, the former prosecutors who now run the NFL’s personal-conduct investigations, needed a detailed account of her March 2020 massage appointment with Watson, Solis says their approach left her “worried my words were going to be used against me.”

That seems on brand for the NFL.  I wouldn't expect anything less from a league that initially gave Ray Rice just a few games suspension for knocking a woman unconscious.

Not to mention the fact that Aaron Hernandez, despite being arrested for murder, was never suspended.

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