ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made headlines for all the wrong reasons on Friday. A grand jury cleared Watson of criminal wrongdoing in the cases against him. Immediately after, Schefter tweeted that Watson knew “the truth would come out” so he welcomed a police investigation.
“This is why Deshaun Watson, from the beginning, welcomed a police investigation: He felt he knew that the truth would come out. And today, a grand jury did not charge him on any of the criminal complaints,” he wrote.
He immediately got called out for his statement.
After getting blasted for like an hour straight, Schefter took to Twitter and issued a clarification.
“This was a poorly worded tweet that deserves a proper response,” he said. “It was intended to provide insight into the strategy of Watson’s legal team from its POV. I should have been clearer. As legal experts have explained, a lack of an indictment alone does not mean someone is innocent.”
Friday, a Harris County grand jury declined to indict the Houston Texans quarterback after a police investigation that began following lawsuits filed by 22 women accusing him of harassment and sexual assault. While nine criminal complaints were brought before the grand jury, they returned nine “no bills,” which means that criminal proceedings have concluded.
He is not entirely out of the woods as he still faces 22 civil lawsuits over those allegations stemming from massage sessions.