The Houston Texans haven’t really said much about in regards to Deshaun Watson after multiple women came out and accused him of sexual misconduct and assault.
In fact, the team is reportedly “slowly moving on” from him, as ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter that the Texans signing of Tyrod Taylor and drafting of Davis Mills signals the team is ready to move on:
“Teams I’ve talked to around the league are taking notice that the Houston Texans seem to be slowly moving on from Deshaun Watson because they have their bridge quarterback in Tyrod Taylor and they have their developmental draft pick in Davis Mills, a quarterback I’m told they are very high on with his instincts, his smarts and his big arm.
And so, a couple of months ago, the Texans were turning down everybody who was calling them about Deshaun Watson. Carolina was willing to give them the world; they said no. They’ve been far less committal recently. They don’t know when Watson’s even going to be cleared to play. The league will consider putting Watson on the Commissioner’s Exempt List later this summer if his case is still going on.”
Before the sexual accusations happened, Watson demanded a trade from the team. It’s not hard to see why the team hasn’t really had his back throughout this entire process.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin has released several statements on Watson’s behalf denying the allegations.
“We’ve never run from it,” Hardin told reporters in April. He continued:
“Our first [statement] has always been about consent—that on some occasions some active sexual activity would have taken place. … I’m not going to go into what it is or the nature [of the physical contact] or the numbers or with whom. But I think you can rightfully assume that.
“The question always that we have always been emphasizing is never at any time, under any circumstances did this young man engage in anything that was not mutually desired by the other party.”
With the NFL now investigating the claims, there is a strong possibility that Watson won’t see the field in 2021.