Witnesses, Accusers In Deshaun Watson Case Could Be Facing Legal Trouble Over Practicing Massage Therapy Without A License
The Deshaun Watson case has already been a stringe one over the past few weeks, but it has only gotten crazier with the new information that has come out.
The Houston Chronicle’s Alex Stuckey has been working hard behind the scenes and found out that several witnesses of Deshaun Watson provided him massages without a license, and that is a crime in a lot of states around the country.
“Names were spelled incorrectly. Licenses couldn’t be found for some. At least one woman’s massage therapy license has been expired since before Watson graduated from college. Giving a massage without a license is a misdemeanor in Georgia, where this woman works.”
“Two others, Sara Fetherolf, who is listed as a licensed physical therapist working with Watson in Los Angeles, and Ashley Thomas, who said she gave Watson multiple massages between 2019 and 2020, could not be found in state licensing records.
Hardin told the Chronicle that Fetherolf is licensed in California, but the Chronicle could find no record of it.
The only Ashley Thomas that could be found in the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation database became a licensed massage therapist in 2004, but her license later expired. Hardin’s press release said Thomas became a licensed massage therapist in Oklahoma in 2007 and now owns a spa in Grand Prairie.
Hardin said another woman in Georgia, Luretia Dany Craig, received her therapy license from the Atlanta School of Massage in 2008 and that she primarily works with athletes, active adults and entertainers. No current license could be found for Craig, although her statement does not specify when she worked with Watson.
In both Texas and Georgia, massaging someone without a license is a misdemeanor offense.
Hardin said his team knew that both Thomas and Craig were not licensed when they gave Watson a massage.
“They made that fact known to us,” Hardin said in a statement. “They were not afraid of the consequences of sharing their story because it was the truth.”
On top of that, there are a number of women suing the Texans QB who were found to be giving those massages without the proper license.
“Many of the women who are suing Watson and said they provided him massages were not licensed. They admitted as much in their lawsuits.
Some were working toward their massage therapy requirements to obtain licenses, lawsuits state, while others admitted to providing the service despite their focus in other areas such as bodywork and stretch therapy, as well as makeup artistry.
After releasing in court documents the names of all 22 women filing suit this week, the Chronicle found that Buzbee misspelled the name of an esthetician who worked with Watson in November 2020.
The Chronicle also could not find evidence of a Texas massage therapy license under the name of one woman who claimed to be licensed.
A Texas-issued license is required to practice massage therapy in the state. Licenses from other states do not transfer, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.”
As of last week, Watson and his team are still actively trying to settle the many lawsuits against him.