For Deshaun Watson, no news is good news as the NFL has opted against suspending the Houston Texans quarterback before training camp while he continues to face sexual misconduct lawsuits from 22 different women.
The NFL has been investigating Watson, 25, since March, when the first of 23 women came forward with allegations ranging from harassment and indecent exposure to sexual assault (one plaintiff has since dropped her lawsuit).
The plaintiffs, most of who work as massage therapists or in other similar professions, filed separate lawsuits as Jane Does in March and April, but have since revealed their identities following a court order.
Through his attorney, Watson has called the allegations ‘false’ and is insisting that all sexual contact between himself and the accusers was consensual. No criminal charges have been filed in the case.
The NFL had the option of placing Watson on the commissioner’s exempt list, effectively suspending him with pay as league investigation continues. An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Watson, who led the league in yards passing in 2020 after signing a four-year, $156 million contract extension last summer, was seeking a trade before the allegations surfaced, and that may be on the horizon.
Despite the fact that he reported to training camp — something that helped Watson avoid $50,000 in fines for every day he missed — the former Clemson star has told the team he still hopes to be traded, and now the Texans are willing to listen to offers, according to reports from Pro Football Talk and ESPN.
The allegations notwithstanding, the Texans are seeking a major return, according to ESPN: Five high draft picks and/or high-level players.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Alex Raskin