On the heels of three more lawsuits Sunday — which now brings the total to 19 — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson found himself in the headlines of an explosive new story in Sports Illustrated.
The woman, who was named Mary and not currently filing a lawsuit against him, shared her story was to “[prevent] this from happening to any other professionals in her industry.” Mary said that Watson “did not touch her nor force her into any sexual acts.” However, she said that his behavior was “inappropriate and unlike any other interaction.”
She also brought up his girlfriend, Jilly Anais, and how people shouldn’t dismiss claims because his partner is beautiful.
“I just want a genuine apology, for us and our community, for putting us in these situations where we don’t know what to do,” Mary told Sports Illustrated. “There are so many people that are against us, saying, ‘Why would he do that? He has no reason to do that. He has a beautiful girlfriend; he has this, this, this and this.’ All of those things are true, but fame doesn’t create character.”
Mary told Sports Illustrated about an incident from 2019 wher she said Watson wanted to remove the towel that was covering his groin area during the massage session. She also said that she noticed “different fluids on his stomach” after Watson grew an erection and had been “thrusting the air.”
Sports Illustrated reached out to Mary’s relative, and the person told the same exact story.
According to Mary, Watson reached back out to her to make another appointment, but she never scheduled another session with him because she was uncomfortable.