Despite the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols prohibiting more than three players from gathering, at least six Texans players, including quarterback Deshaun Watson, attended a grand opening for Watson’s new restaurant franchise Tuesday.
Watson, a minority owner of the cheesesteak franchise Lefty’s, was joined by several teammates, family and friends at the opening. Teammates pictured at the event included Tytus Howard, Duke Johnson, Laremy Tunsil, Roderick Johnson and Brandin Cooks. The Houston Chronicle also reported that Charles Omenihu was in attendance.
According to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, “Group Activity Outside of the Club Facility a. Groups of more than three (3) Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Individuals, including players, are prohibited from gathering outside of the Club facility or team travel.”
When reached for comment on the event, league spokesperson Brian McCarthy said, “We are aware of the event but will decline further comment.”
On Wednesday, when Watson was asked whether the event was following the NFL’s protocols, Watson said, “Yes, for sure.”
“I mean, we had the masks,” Watson said. “We did everything that we were supposed to do. Six feet from different people. It was a restaurant opening. It wasn’t really an event. It was a grand opening of my restaurant. So people were coming in to get food and things like that and everyone was excited about it. So, it turned out pretty good, and right now from the messages I got from after, it’s still popping.”
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SOURCE: ESPN, Sarah Barshop