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Deshaun Watson: ‘I never assaulted, disrespected anyone’


Content warning: This story contains details about alleged sexual abuse. The content may be difficult to read and emotionally upsetting.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, speaking to reporters for the first time since March 26, on Tuesday again denied the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him by more than 20 accusers in civil lawsuits.

“I never assaulted, disrespected or harassed anyone,” Watson said.

The Browns quarterback, who signed a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract with Cleveland after being traded from the Texans in March, said he regretted stating he had “no regrets” during his introductory news conference with the team, a comment that “triggered a lot of people.” But he continued to maintain he’s being wrongly accused. Watson is not facing criminal charges for these accusations.

“I met with the NFL and answered every question truthfully,” Watson said. “All I can do is be honest and tell them exactly what happened.”

Watson, without providing any specifics, said he doesn’t believe the New York Times’ report that he used 66 massage therapists during a 17-month period was accurate.

Watson said he’s not considering defamation suits against his accusers.

“I just want to clear my name,” he said.

In terms of interacting with his new teammates, Watson said, “I just be myself. I come in here and if any one of those guys has a question, they can ask me. Since Day One these guys I have supported me. I’m trying to be the best teammate, best Cleveland Brown I can be.”

(Photo: Ken Blaze / USA Today)





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